Discovering medieval society

The Moor Medieval Study Group met for a second time on Saturday 30th May at Greenhill Arts Centre, Moretonhampstead. The morning session was introduced by the project lead, Historic Buildings Officer, Keith McKay and was followed by a fascinating talk by professional medievalist, Dr David Stone. David’s talk focused on the economy and structure of society in medieval England between 1086 and 1500 and described how England’s climate, economy and population changed over this time – with specific reference to Dartmoor. Following David, the group were introduced to a range of resources including maps, some GIS ‘layers’ (geographical information systems), surveys and plans of longhouses. The group is starting to forge a way forward and have identified various themes to be explored. These include industry, farming and agriculture, archaeology and medieval buildings. Including some experienced researchers, and others who are completely new to historical research, the study group welcomes any newcomers who would like to get involved – please contact Community Heritage Officer, Emma Stockley 01822 890 904 emma@moorthanmeetstheeye.org or Historic Buildings Officer, Keith McKay 01626 831 008 keithm@dartmoor.gov.uk

David Stone’s talk to the MMSG