Margaret Connolly speaks at Reformation on the Record conference


Dr Margaret Connolly (Senior Lecturer) joined over 30 top speakers on the Reformation from across the UK earlier this month at the Reformation on the Record conference. This conference was held at the National Archives, Kew, on the 3rd and 4th of November 2017; her paper was entitled ‘Private Piety and the Public Record: Old Books, New Readers, and the Reach of Reform’. The conference was sponsored by the British Records Association and was organized to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Detail of Henry VIII in a manuscript

Detail of Henry VIII in the Coram Rege Rolls, held by the National Archives KB 27/1024

This conference, according to the National Archives’ website, was a “two-day conference that brings together research using original records of Church and State from our collection to explore this period of religious, social and economic turmoil.” The conference covers themes of, among others, “Documents and Dissolution”, into which Dr Connolly’s paper fit well. Speakers who joined Dr Connolly in her panel included Katie Bridger, on the Reformation and gentry legacy, and Hannah Worthen, on the Reformation’s impact on widows.