The Second Inquisition post mortem conference

The Second Inquisition post mortem conference took place at the University of Winchester on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th September 2014. It was a small event of 22 delegates, all active in the field. The thirteen papers exploited new-found understanding and explored the potential of the source for all kinds of study. Four papers arose from project and the rest from other researchers in the field. Three papers by Christopher Dyer, Stephen Mileson and Matthew Tompkins looked at the economy and landscape; another three by William Deller, Katie Clarke, and Michael Hicks were based on the proofs of age. Matthew Holford added to our understanding of dower, Janette Garrett supplied a Northumberland case study, Gordon McKelvie considered IPMs in Scotland and Calais, and Jackson Armstrong dealt with naming practices on the Cumbrian borders. Simon Payling's paper was a wide-ranging critique of the biases obtained by fifteenth-century heirs. Finally Paul Spence of the partner institution King's College London located the project within the digital humanities and demonstrated how the interactive interface will work.

The Second Inquisitions Post Mortem conference at the University of Winchester, 7-8 September 2014


Digital History Seminar 17 June 2014

Matthew Holford will give a presentation on the project at the Institute of Historical Research's Digital History seminar on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at 5.15.

WRAP Projects

Four Winchester undergraduates were awarded WRAP funding on to work on IPMs.

Update on progress

The latest Advisory Board meeting was on Tuesday 7 May 2014. Members were informed that all the published Calendars of Inquisitions post mortem were now digitised. All except volumes 22-26 are now being converted to the format required by British History Online – a relatively easy process - and will shortly be freely accessible online. All volumes will also be published on this website too. Development of the digital interface is now nearing completion. Marking up all the IPMs from 1399-1447 (volumes 18-26) is complex and the researchers are working hard to complete them by the end of the project, 31 December 2014. Some overhead monies are being used to assist them by funding the automation of some of the processes – a considerable saving in time – and by employing Dr Gordon McKelvie (the Richard III researcher) half-time on the mark up.