Gloriana Society Event


The Gloriana Society and the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York are delighted to offer a workshop based on the Gloriana Society’s inaugural conference proceedings. Join us for an afternoon of dynamic presentations that explore the Elizabethan age and highlight the growing research from members of the Gloriana Society and a discussion on the role of the Gloriana Society in academia.

The event is open to everyone. The event will be free to Gloriana Society members, University of York faculty and students, and postgraduates. Members of the general public will be able to attend for £5.00.

When: 13 March 2017, 1:00pm-6:00pm

Where: University of York/HRC Treehouse (1st floor of the Berrick Saul Building


Welcome & Introduction-Dustin Neighbors


Gloriana Society Privy Council & Postgraduate Impact- Lucinda Pope, University of Reading


“Windows into Men’s Souls?: Stained Glass in the Reign of Elizabeth I”-Louise Hampson, University of York (read in absentia)


Coffee/Tea Break


“Cinematic Regality: Constructing Elizabeth I across Popular Film Releases”- Lucinda Pope, University of Reading


“Civic Visits and the Cultivation of Authority: Elizabeth I on Progress”-Dustin Neighbors, University of York


“Trouble in Tudorland: the Social Crisis of the 1590s”- Professor Emeritus James Sharpe, University of York


“Not One Drop of Unloyal Blood: Bishop John Jewel and His Queen”- Dr. Angela Ranson, Independent Scholar


Coffee/Tea Break


Roundtable Discussion: What is the role of an academic society?-Led by Dr. Angela Ranson & Dustin Neighbors


Workshop Conclusion/Meet & Greet

For more information, please email us at

Deadline to register is 5 March 2017. To book your ticket, click here.

We look forward to seeing you our first event of 2017!

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A New Year…

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone has had an enjoyable holiday.

We have a few announcements; please do let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Our membership drive for the 2017 year is underway. We encourage you to help spread the word. For returning members, the deadline to receive the returning member’s rate is 31 January 2017. For more information, please click on the following link:

We are actively seeking recent news from our members and partner organizations for our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. We would like to include CFPs for conferences or projects, book announcements, funding opportunities and fellowships on all these sites. We are here to share information and connect our members and community with other academic and historical organizations, so please feel free to alert us about anything you think we should include.

To submit information to share via our social media outlets, please email us at

We wish all of you a new year filled with adventures, inspiration and success. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the upcoming months.

Gloriana Society Inaugural Conference: Thank you!


From 18-20 November 2016, the Gloriana Society held its inaugural conference at the majestic Tower of London. After a year of planning, the conference organisers greeted over 90 delegates per day from around the world. The countries represented were: South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Norway, Hungary, Greece, Canada, the United States and all parts of the United Kingdom.

IMG_8140.JPGThe conference featured more than 65 original and dynamic presentations across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including history, art, literature, theatre, film and television, music, religion and politics. New research was presented during three simultaneous panels throughout the day. It highlighted the growing interdisciplinary nature of Elizabethan studies and its continuing growth and importance.

In addition to these presentations, three keynote speakers provided their own unique contributions. These speakers, who are renowned within Elizabethan studies, were: Dr. Tracy Borman, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces; Dr. John Cooper, principal investigator of the St. Stephen’s Chapel Project and Senior Lecturer at the University of York; and Professor Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The proceedings began early Friday morning with a welcome to conference delegates over coffee and pastries, and then the panels began. At mid-morning, the conference delegates gathered to listen to Dr. Tracy Borman speak about the “Private Life of Elizabeth I.” At lunch, delegates had the opportunity to meet the Most Hon. Marquess of Salisbury, who spoke eloquently about the importance of Elizabethan studies and his own role as a custodian of Elizabethan records and manuscripts within the Hatfield House archives. The hum of excitement and vibrancy continued to increase throughout the day as delegates chattered passionately about new discoveries and approaches. Finally, the first day ended on a high with delegates planning to continue their camaraderie over dinner before attending the special Ceremony of Keys.


Sessions on the second day added to the growing collection of innovative research presented the day before. At lunch, the Gloriana Society had the opportunity to present some special gifts and awards to individuals. The Great Jewel Member, an award created by the Gloriana Society founders for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the society, was presented to Josh Robson (Events Manager at the Tower of London), Dr. John Cooper and Professor Carole Levin. Next the presentations for the Douglas Slater Postgraduate Prize for Best Paper was awarded to Alicia Meyer and Nicole Lamont for second place and to Rebecca Hasler for first place. Special honourable mentions were bestowed to Dr. Elena Woodacre and the University of Winchester/Royal Studies Journal, and Professor Jackie Eales, Canterbury Christ Church for their partnership with the Gloriana Society. The ceremony ended with a raffle draw: prizes were donated by Oxford University Press, National Portrait Gallery, Dr. Angela Ranson, Dr. John Cooper, Dr. Tracy Borman, and Professor Carole Levin.IMG_8294.JPG

After the afternoon panels, Dr. John Cooper delighted delegates during a public lecture that explored the “Impact of Elizabeth I.” After a break to allow some commemorative photos and preparations, the inaugural reception and banquet began. At promptly 6:15pm, delegates were guided by a yeoman warder, Kevin, through the grounds of the Tower of London, before being escorted into the White Tower. Guests walked through the exhibits that highlighted Britain’s glorious past on a red carpet. Many stopped to take photos and enjoy the unique opportunity to view these items without a crowd. After climbing the stairs, guests were greeted with champagne and Elizabethan music from Nouvelle/ Ancienne, a group of York graduates who have advanced degrees in historical performance. At 7:00pm, a yeoman warder announced dinner was served and guests moved to take their places for an elegant two-course meal. They were served coq au vin, then a dessert of white chocolate banana-peanut bread and butter pudding with chocolate sauce, and finally petit fours and coffee. After that, the audience remained for a second programme of music from Nouvelle/Ancienne.


On Sunday, delegates heard the last two simultaneous panels of the conference, which demonstrated the diversity of the conference: the two panels discussed law, crime, music books and music making. At mid-morning everyone attended the closing keynote speech from Professor Carole Levin. By noon everyone had left the Tower, but enthusiastic tweets and posts about the Gloriana Society’s inaugural conference have continued.


In the past year, the Gloriana Society has managed to host its inaugural conference, produce its first newsletter, partner with 7 institutions and organizations, secure an honourary patron and gain over 215 members. However, we are not finished yet. With plans under way for the 2018 conference, we have a number of projects in the works, and none of this would be possible without our fantastic supporters, members and delegates

Therefore, we thank each and every one of you. We hope that you will continue to follow us as we support emerging scholars and established academics in the field of Elizabethan studies, and create a place that fosters a dialogue between academics and enthusiasts.White Tower 1.JPG

(All Photo Credits: Lucinda Pope)

Registration Reminder: Oct 1 Deadline

Remember: register by Oct 1!

For our “In the Light of Gloriana Conference”, registration closes on 1 October 2016 due to the Historic Royal Palace policy of having a comprehensive delegate list compiled and the invoices paid by this point prior to the event.

There will be no late or on-site registration options.

Please note that cancellations after 15 September 2016 will not receive any refund. Any cancellations before that date will receive a partial refund.


AHRC Funded PhD Studentship: ‘Redeeming Death’: Mortality, Portraiture, and the Quest for Salvation in Tudor England and Wales

An AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship at the National Portrait Gallery in London might be of interest to our doctoral student members. Deadline April 30.

The National Portrait Gallery London and the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University are inviting applications for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship for three years from 1 October 2016. The project will take the National Portrait Gallery’s unique collection of Tudor portraits as its key source for investigating sixteenth-century responses to mortality, self-fashioning as reflected in Elizabethan portraiture, and their relation to theological precepts and spiritual coping strategies developed in the context of the English Reformation. The project will be innovative in its interdisciplinary approach, and by its potential for transnational comparison within Christian Europe. The visual evidence will be studied in conjunction with a variety of literary sources primarily from the Gallery’s Heinz archive and library and Swansea University’s library and collections. While pursuing his/her own original line of inquiry, the student will be encouraged to engage with an agreed set of research questions to explore the subject in its historical and art historical context.

The candidate will be supervised jointly by Dr Regina Pörtner, Department of History, Swansea University, and Dr Tarnya Cooper, Curatorial Director at the National Portrait Gallery. The successful student should expect to spend extended periods of Years 1 and 2 at the National Portrait Gallery. He/she will be integrated into, and supported by, the research community at the NPG, and be part of the UK-wide CDP scheme which provides opportunities for networking, dissemination, and advanced research training. The student will benefit from dedicated postgraduate and curatorial training programs that will equip her/him with the requisite research skills for this project, and provide valuable experience in heritage sector work.

For more information, see the online announcement.

Privy Council: deadline extended to March 27

Due to spreading awareness and continued  interest, we have extended the deadline for one week. Get your applications or nominations in by March 27!

Delighted to announce our new initiative: the Gloriana Society Privy Council! A great opportunity to develop skills, build network contacts and looks great on CVs while furthering the Society’s outreach. Please share with your colleagues, postgraduates (PhDs, Post-Docs, ECRs) and institution. Deadline extended to March 27! See the link for a .pdf of more information! GS Privy Council GS Privy Council .pdf