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The Topsy Turvy World of Misericords

Imogen Corrigan

Wednesday 16th March 2022

This lecture takes the audience on a tour of some of the extraordinary images that exist in over 700 churches in England. The art form was in vogue mainly from C13th – C15th and rarely includes religious images despite the misericords being positioned so close to the high altar. The secular, sometimes bizarre and often profane nature of their subjects meant that many survived the Reformation and later religious enthusiasts. Much social comment can be gleaned from these carvings even though there are no records describing why particular images were chosen and very often it is not possible to date them accurately. 


Misericord, Ludlow

Imogen Corrigan

After nearly 20 years in the British army, Imogen went to the University of Kent to study Anglo-Saxon & Medieval History and Art, graduating with 1st class honours, followed by an MPhil from the University of Birmingham. She works as a freelance lecturer across Britain and Europe as well as lecturing on small cruise ships and running study tours and courses on land. Imogen has written Stone on Stone: the Men Who Built the Cathedrals, published 2019. A Freeman of the City of London, she is a Member of the Company of Communicators.