Louth Museum – The Pipe Roll Society

The Pipe Roll Society

This lecture will be held in Louth Methodist Church, Nichol Hill.

Originally from Lincolnshire, Paul is a medieval records specialist at The National Archives, Kew. His research interest is in government, politics and warfare in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in the British Isles, more particularly the reign of Edward II, but also in the medieval church and wool trade, particularly in Lincolnshire. He has published guides to the sources for medieval Ireland at The National Archives and to Irish inquisitions post mortem. He is Joint General Editor of the Pipe Roll Society, Honorary Secretary of the Lincoln Record Society and Chair of the British Association for Local History, among several honorary positions. Paul previously worked as access archivist at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, York and has volunteered with Lincolnshire Archives and Lincoln Cathedral Library.

The Pipe Roll Society, established in 1883, is one of the longest surviving record publishing societies in the world. Originally conceived at the former Public Record Office, its remit is to publish editions – transcriptions and / or translations – of the records of the chief financial arm of medieval royal government, the Exchequer. However, in recent times, its publishing programme has broadened to include a greater variety of material, including judicial records, cartularies and charter collections and household accounts. The talk will give an overview of the history of the Society, the challenges to its survival and revival thanks to intervention from Lincolnshire (!), its officers and editors, and to the contents of its now over 100 volumes.

The lectures in 2023 will be held either in the Methodist Church in Nichol Hill, LN11 9NQ, or online using Zoom. Visitors or members may request a Zoom link by emailing start.david@btinternet.com.

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