Free lecture for Offa Charter 1,250th anniversary at Herstmonceux Castle this Saturday

This Saturday 11th June there will be a public lecture co-organised between the University of Kent, Queens University Canada, the University of the Arts London, and Bexhill Museum to commemorate the 1,250th anniversary of the Offa Charter of 772.

The bounds of this charter rove across the Pevensey Levels and formed part of the borough of Bexhill. The talks will be hosted at Herstmonceux Castle, a stunning fifteenth century brick construction and overseas campus of Queens University Canada which looks down onto the Levels.

Robert Gallagher (of BBC podcast fame) will contextualise the charter and friend of MEMS Mike Bintley will discuss the interplay between real and imagined early medieval landscapes. Finally, Julian Porter the curator of Bexhill museum will present what we know about the deserted medieval village of Northeye which sat within the bounds of the charter. 

If that isn’t enough of a draw your free tickets to the public lecture will get you entry to the castle and grounds (normally £8). If you are interested in attending the talks then please book your ticket through Eventbrite.

There are a very limited number of places for a guided walk along a portion of the bounds in the charter which will follow the public lecture. Please email me if you want to attend this part of the day although we must limit numbers due to the nature of the walk. The walk is open to staff or students (research and taught) and the talks are open to everyone.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions – Jack Newman,