Major Public Lectures

The H.M. Chadwick Lectures, the Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures and the E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures all take place annually. Booklets based on these lectures are available to purchase through the department.


H.M. Chadwick Lectures

Hector Munro Chadwick (1870-1947) was the Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge (1912-41). Through the immense range of his scholarly publications, and through the vigorous enthusiasm which he brought to all aspects of Anglo-Saxon studies -- philological and literary, historical and archaeological -- he helped to define the field and give it the interdisciplinary orientation which characterises it still. The Department of ASNC, which owes its existence and its own interdisciplinary outlook to H.M. Chadwick, has wished to commemorate his enduring contribution to Anglo-Saxon studies by establishing an annual series of lectures in his name.

The H.M. Chadwick Memorial Lecture (established in 1990) is delivered by a scholar who is invited to Cambridge for the occasion, on a subjected calculated to be of interest to the whole Department.


Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures

In 2000, as a result of a benefaction, Hughes Hall, Cambridge, instituted an annual lecture (to be given in the Easter Term) in memory of Dr Kathleen Hughes, who at her death in 1977 was Reader in Celtic Studies in this Department. The lecture-series is dedicated to mediaeval Welsh history. The inaugural lecture was given by Professor David Dumville. The Hughes Memorial lectures are published jointly by Hughes Hall and the Department in April each year.


E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures

Edmund Crosby Quiggin (1875-1920) was the first teacher of Celtic in the University of Cambridge. His extraordinarily comprehensive vision of Celtic studies offered an integrated approach to the subject; his combination of philological, literary and historical approaches paralleled those which his older contemporary, H.M. Chadwick, had already demonstrated in his studies of Anglo-Saxon England and which the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic continues to seek to emulate. The Department has wished to commemorate Dr Quiggin’s contribution by establishing in his name, and with the support of his family, an annual lecture and a series of pamphlets.

The E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture (established in 1993) is delivered by a scholar invited to Cambridge for the occasion. Up until 2004, the focus of the series was The Sources of Mediaeval Gaelic history; since 2006 it has been any aspect of the philology and the textual culture of the Celtic and Germanic languages and literatures taught in the Department.