Conference programme

Global Contemporary Final Programme

The conference takes place at Stamford Court, Oadby, Leicester  – How to find us

Pre-conference trips on 18th and 19th April

Please join us for an exciting pre-conference trip!  There are three to choose from taking place over two days (18th and 19th April).

Monday 18th April – Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Led by Dr Suzanne MacLeod, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.


Image credit: “Moore” copyright Paul Downey, 2015,

Head of School, Suzanne Macleod is passionate about the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and will lead you on a tour to see some iconic sculpture in Yorkshire. Giant cartoon sculptures will be on display by New York graffiti artist KAWS.

Tuesday 19th April – A Royal Tour: Medieval Leicestershire and the King in the Car Park. Led by Dr Ceri Jones, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester


Image credit “Digging starts in Trench 1” Copyright University of Leicester, 2013,  

The sensational discovery of Richard III (1452-1485) in a Leicester car park in 2012 turned the eyes of the world onto the city and the University. This tour celebrates the rich heritage of Medieval Leicestershire, focusing on England’s last Plantagenet king, the controversial heir of a once outward-looking monarchy that had become mired in dynastic and family politics, reawakened under the Tudors with the finding of the New World. We travel to Bosworth Battlefield, winding our way through scenic Leicestershire villages, and walk along surviving medieval streets in Leicester, taking in the Castle (c. 1068), the Mary de Castro Church (where Geoffrey Chaucer was married and a young Henry VI knighted), and the medieval Guildhall (c. 1390), before ending the tour at the new King Richard III Visitor Centre. Along the way you will find out about Leicester’s global connections in the Middle Ages, and the coming demographic, social and cultural changes which marked the end of the ‘medieval’ and the beginnings of the ‘modern’ world.

Tuesday 19th April – Shakespeare’s Stratford. Led by Dr Sheila Watson, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.


Image credit: “Shakespeare’s birth place” Copyright Jeffery Wong, 2010, 

A day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see where Shakespeare lived and to visit some of the places associated with his life. Among other sites relating to the life of the poet, we will take in Shakespeare’s birthplace in Henley Street, and Harvard House – one of the most striking Elizabethan houses – opposite the site of Shakespeare’s last residence, New Place, and Shakespeare’s grave.