31 March 2007
University of Leeds
Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield


Venue    This year the Medieval English Theatre meeting on Skelton’s Magnyfycence will be

  • hosted by Professor Andrew Prescott of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield
  • be held in the new facilities of the Douglas Knoop Centre in the Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QW
  • http://www.shef.ac.uk/hri/about/knoop.html. The Humanities Research Institute is located adjacent to the University of Sheffield tram stop, behind the Henderson’s Relish factory. For a map showing the location of the Humanities Research Institute, see: http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/location/map.html. A map showing local car parking facilities may be seen at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel/university_big.html The HRI and Douglas Knoop Centre are numbered 195 and 196 on the map.
    Parking is also available on Saturday in the Arts Tower car park, four minutes walk from the HRI and located between Bolsover St and Western Bank/Brook Hill
  • Andrew’s contact details: Centre for Research into Freemasonry, Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QW; tel. 0114 222 9890; e-mail: a.prescott@sheffield.ac.uk.

Registration Details:

  • Please register as directed on the Registration form, and send the form with payment to: Dr John McGavin, English, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ by 10 March 2007.
  • Should you need overnight accommodation on the 30 March then please refer to Accommodation section below. Please note: the timing of the meeting means that student accommodation on campus will not be available.

Registration Cost

  • £30 per person, includes morning and afternoon coffee/tea and biscuits, and a buffet lunch (includes vegetarian). A copy of the lunch menu is attached. Please notify any special menu requirements to Andrew Prescott as soon as possible.
  • The first two full-time postgraduate students to apply will have the cost of the day paid by Medieval English Theatre.
  • Please pass on news of the day to anyone you know who might be interested in attending. Further copies of the registration form can be obtained by emailing John McGavin at jjm1@soton.ac.uk or by phoning him at 023 8059 3106 (work); 023 8058 1054 (home) or downloaded online here).


  • For those who wish to stay overnight on 30 March a conference rate of £59 has been established at the Garrison Hotel, Hillsborough Barracks, Penistone Road, Sheffield S6 2GB (tel. [0]114 249 9555; e-mail: garrisonhotel@btconnect.com). For further information, see: http://www.garrisonhotel.co.uk. This hotel is situated close to a Sheffield tram stop for convenient access to the railway station and to the Humanities Research Institute. The hotel is a short drive from Junction 36 off the M1: for further details see: http://www.garrisonhotel.co.uk/index.php?sec=loc
  • Please book directly with the hotel letting Reception know that you are part of the block booking made by Julie Banham of the University of Sheffield for the Medieval English Theatre Conference (METh). Please book as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. Andrew Prescott will be staying at the hotel to help with transport. You may wish to consult other hotels on the list ‘Local Hotels & Accommodation’, which has also been attached to the email (please note that rates cited in this guide are for 2006, and may now have increased slightly). If you require a hard copy of this, please indicate on the registration document. If you plan to stay overnight on Friday and will be arriving early that day, a copy of the University of Sheffield’s visitor’s guide, listing many new attractions in the city, such as the Millennium Galleries and the Winter Gardens, is attached.


  • Those who register will be sent hard copy maps of the location maps of the Humanities Research Institute and the Garrison Hotel, the road connections, and the rail link to Sheffield station, but if you wish to get a rough idea at this point, information is available at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel


  • For those who wish to arrive on the Friday: we will gather in the Garrison foyer at 6.45pm before going on to the Zucca Italian restaurant at the MacDonald St Paul’s hotel in the centre of the town on Norfolk St. The simplest way to get there is by tram which stops outside the Garrison hotel complex and runs regularly into town. It is also possible to take the tram directly from the railway station to the Garrison hotel and the Humanities Research Institute. Those staying elsewhere please arrive at St Paul’s no later than 7.15pm. If you need transport to and from the meal then please indicate this on the registration form. We will try to cover the arrangements via METh members. If you are coming to the meeting by car, please indicate whether you would be prepared to take colleagues to and from the meal. http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/stpauls/
    NCP car parking and metered on-street parking is available near the St Paul’s MacDonald.
  • Dinner needs to be pre-ordered and a menu is included in the pack and also available in an online pdf. at: http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/stpauls/foodanddrink/index.htm
  • Please send your requirements with your booking details as the restaurant requires several days notice. Payment is to be made directly to the restaurant on the evening.


  • The Programme is a full one, but to help those who wish to travel on the Saturday, we will begin registration at 10 a.m. and the full programme at 10.30.
  • Research: : Elisabeth Dutton (Worcester College, Oxford) and colleagues will give us “Magnyfycence (Abridged): a performance”. The following will give papers at the meeting: Dermot Cavanagh (Edinburgh) “Magnyfycence and Tragic Drama”; Elizabeth Evershed (Durham) “Skelton's Literary Communities, Real and Ideal”; John Scattergood (Dublin; final title to follow); Astrid Stilma (Canterbury) “John Skelton’s Magnyfycence and the Advice-to-Princes Tradition”; Greg Walker (Leicester) will sum up the day.
  • The Business section will begin with reports on digital or collaborative projects around 4.00 p.m. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to make a report. It is expected that there will be a report on articles of association for the Medieval English Theatre group.

Copies of the Registration Form are available here. Please print it off: do not attempt to fill it in on-line!

John J McGavin
8 January 2007

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