This year's conference will be held on 7-8 September 2013, in the ancient cathedral city of Gloucester, where we will be joined once again by the Association of Diocesan and Cathedral Archaeologists. Formerly the Roman town of Glevum, there is some evidence for ecclesiastical continuity at Gloucester from the Romano-British period through to the Anglo-Saxon and beyond, making it one of the most ancient centres of Christianity in Britain.
The conference will be based at Gloucester cathedral itself, which traces its origins to the minster church of St Peter, founded within the old Roman fortress around 679 AD. It came under the Benedictine Rule in the early 11th century, before being wholly rebuilt under its early Norman abbots. Much of this late 11th-century work survives in the present church, which was made a cathedral in 1541.
On Saturday September 7th, there will be a programme of lectures in one of the cathedral's 14th-century timber-framed buildings, followed by the conference dinner. On Sunday September 8th, we will visit a range of Romanesque sites in Gloucester, including St Mary, Kempley, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Deerhurst Church. As an added bonus, for conference delegates who arrive on Friday September 6th, there will be an additional trip to 13th-century Black Friars church, one of the most complete Dominican friaries in England.