Last week we confirmed out first plenary speaker, Dr José A. Pérez Díez, who we are delighted to announce will be joined by Senior Archeologist with the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), Heather Knight.
Heather was recently involved in the excavations of the Theatre and the Curtain, two 16th century Elizabethan playhouses in Shoreditch where many of Shakespeare’s early plays were performed. The main excavation of the Curtain playhouse took place last year and the post-excavation analysis has only just begun but the results of the excavation are already contributing enormously to an interdisciplinary dialogue researching the origins of English drama.
Heather is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and has been a Senior Archaeologist with MOLA since 1995. Over that time Heather has focused on the archaeology of medieval and post-medieval urban development in Greater London with a particular emphasis on theatre archaeology. Heather is also a member of the Advisory Board for “Before Shakespeare”, a multidisciplinary research project focusing on early modern drama and the first 30 years of London commercial playhouses.
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming all of this year’s plenaries to BritGrad and hope you will keep an eye on our blog as we announce more speakers. If you would like to submit a paper to BritGrad, details and the relevant information can be found here on our blog.