M.R. James’s East Anglian Connections and Influences
13th Sep 2019, 7:30 pm
Talk by Rik Hoggett, ex Suffolk County Council archaeologist, Journal of Breckland Studies editorial panel member.
M.R. James was a Cambridge university academic, probably best known for his Christmas ghost stories, told to friends and students in his college rooms in the early 1900s, and now often dramatized on radio around Christmas. However, he was also a distinguished archaeologist and medievalist, who conducted a lot of research in our region.
Rik Hoggett, who many of you will know, and is a professional archaeologist, is currently researching this topic. The talk will cover James’ work at Livermere, Bury St Edmunds Abbey and the excavations of the abbots’ tombs, as well as the wider influences of east Anglia’s landscape and history on James’ academic work and ghost stories.