Wharram: past, present and future

Wharram Percy church

Friday 23 March 2012, 5.00PM to 24 March 4.30pm

Speaker(s): Speakers will include Chris Dyer, Paul Everson, David Neave, Al Oswald, Julian Richards, Ian Riddler, Steve Roskams, David Stocker, Stuart Wrathmell, and Elisabeth Zadora-Rio. A full programme is available below.

Forty years of excavation and fieldwork at Wharram Percy came to an end in 1990. Constantly innovative, it was one of the most influential archaeological projects in Europe in the second half of the 20th century. Now, twenty-odd years later, an ambitious programme of research and publication has been completed with the appearance of volume XIII of the Wharram series, A History of Wharram and its Neighbours. This is far more than a summary and overview; expert contributors have re-assessed all aspects of the Wharram story, offering sometimes radical reappraisals of previously-accepted conclusions which in a number of cases have a resonance and relevance which are far-reaching.

This celebratory conference, marking sixty years since Beresford and Hurst began their remarkable collaboration at Wharram, will take the reappraisal provided in volume XIII as the starting point for further forward thinking and questioning: this event will be forward-, not backward-looking.

Jointly sponsored and organised by the three organisations behind the Wharram Project – English Heritage, the University of York, and the Medieval Settlement Research Group – the conference will include a keynote address on the Friday evening by Simon Thurley (Chief Executive, English Heritage) followed by a wine reception; on the Saturday a full programme of papers; and on Sunday the opportunity to visit Wharram for a guided tour, and to combine that with a visit to the English Heritage museum store at Helmsley to see finds from the excavations.


Registration is now open and payment is available through our online shop. Please direct any queries to the conference email address: wharram2012@events.york.ac.uk.

The conference fee is £50, including registration for both days, a wine reception on Friday evening, refreshments and lunch on Saturday.  

There will be an opportunity to sign up for the visit to Wharram and the English Heritage museum store and to arrange car sharing on Saturday.


The conference venue is the King's Manor, located in York city centre, just a short walk from the train station. Details of how to find us and location maps can be found here.


A full programme of speakers is now available.

Wharram Conference Programme (PDF  , 263kb)  


Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and there are a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets in York. The Visit York website contains a comprehensive list of accommodation in York and we recommend using it to find your accommodation.

Location: The King's Manor, York

Email: wharram2012@events.york.ac.uk