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HISTORIC GRAFFITI – THE HIDDEN STORY OF THE HOPES, FEARS AND DESIRES OF A NATION James Wright Monday 11 May 2020

This lecture has now been cancelled and rebooked for next year

Modern graffiti is often seen as transgressive and moronic. However, look closely at the walls of our historic buildings, trees, caves and rockfaces and you will see a world of graffiti left that illuminates the psychology of our ancestors. The study of historic graffiti enables us to hear the lost voices of ordinary individuals through their images of daisywheels, ships sailing across the walls, knights drawing their swords, demons stalking the stonework and every animal imaginable….

James Wright FSA is an award-winning archaeologist and accredited lecturer with both the Arts Society and WEA. He has over fifteen years of lecturing experience and has talked to a wide variety of organisations including the Gresham College, Shakespeare400 and the National Trust.

Photo: Graffiti of women’s body/17th/18th century graffiti by the south door of St. Thomas's church/Richard Croft