Celebrate the Medieval New Year at UWTSD’s Medieval Day in Lampeter


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to be hosting its second annual Medieval Day in Lampeter.

Medieval Day 2017

On Saturday, March 24th from 11am until 5pm, UWTSD will celebrate the Medieval New Year on the Feast of the Annunciation with a variety of Medieval activities.

The free public event will be a day of ‘living history’ and will include re-enactments with the University’s Norman, Viking and Battle societies; archery and medieval craft demonstrations.

During the day, visitors to the University’s Lampeter campus will also have the opportunity to hear the University’s Medieval Choir perform in the chapel on campus as well as being able to view displays of a range of medieval research projects.

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a strong reputation for its Medieval Studies programmes in Lampeter and as we look forward to the Medieval New Year, the ‘Medieval Day’ offers a great opportunity to celebrate with the local community,” says Janet Burton, Professor of Medieval Studies.

 “UWTSD Lampeter is one of only a very small number of UK institutions that offers Medieval Studies at undergraduate level and our annual Medieval Day allows us to showcase and celebrate the University’s role in the teaching of Medieval history,” she adds.

Janet Burton, Professor of Medieval History at UWTSD is well known for her research on medieval monastic orders and is the author of many books and articles on the subject. She works closely with colleagues in UWTSD and in other universities in Wales, and in Europe and beyond. Professor Burton is also Director of the Monastic Wales project.

“Our Medieval Studies degree schemes have been very successful and many of our graduates have gone on to further research, and to careers in heritage; museums, archives; heritage tourism as well as teaching and a range of administrative posts.

“Staff across the disciplines – History, Archaeology, Literature, Manuscript Studies – are engaged in a number of major research projects that feature Medieval themes, such as the Newport Ship; Saints in Wales; Monastic Wales and the Swansea ‘City Witness’.

Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that draws on the expertise of its internationally renowned staff in History, English, Welsh, and Archaeology, and makes full use of its rich collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, which are accessible to students at all levels.

The Medieval Studies BA offers students the opportunity to study this exciting and vibrant period of history, combining modules that cover broad sweeps of time, which allow them to consider long term developments in politics, society, economy, and culture, and others that focus on particular topics and genres, such as Medieval Welsh Prose, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and the impact of the Normans on the medieval world.

“If you’re interested in learning more about the Middle Ages or would like to take part in any Medieval activities – perhaps even donning medieval dress or to have a go at a medieval activity - please come and join us,” adds Professor Burton.

For further information about the event or any of the Medieval Studies programmes offered at UWTSD, please contact Professor Janet Burton by emailing j.burton@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information


For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476