Major Public Lectures

The H.M. Chadwick Lectures, the Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures and the E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures all take place annually. Details on past and upcoming events can be found on the Public Named Lectures events page.

Booklets based on these lectures are available to purchase through the department. As of 2022, selected titles in each series are also available to download for free.

Titles available to download for free:

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). The Department of ASNC, which owes its existence and its own interdisciplinary outlook to H.M. Chadwick, 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. Up until 2003, the focus of the series was mediaeval Welsh history; since then it has been any aspect of the history taught in the Department.

E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures

Edmund Crosby Quiggin (1875-1920) was the first teacher of Celtic in the University of Cambridge. 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.