Editing Medieval Records with the Medieval Documents Research Group:

Many students who had completed Latin for Local History at Liverpool and Manchester University continued with their research. They  felt the need to meet regularly to encourage one another and actively collaborate in their documentary work. In order to do so they met in the same location and on the same days as the course – one Saturday a month, usually the second, in order to benefit from the opportunity of ongoing consultation with the tutors. In due course,  it was also recognised that for administrative purposes , and when the Latin for Local History course was no longer active, an independent group would need to be formed, which would be responsible for those meetings. So the Medieval Documents Research Group was formed as a section of the Ranulf Higden Society.

The Medieval Documents Research Group (MDRG) continues to bring together the active members of the Society on a series of projects directed towards the production of editions of groups or classes of documents for publication.

The group meets once a month, on the second Saturday of each month in the Sydney Jones Library (University of Liverpool), from September to March, and in May.

The meetings are held to allow the members of the group to meet and discuss problems and issues that they have encountered in the work they have done at home. The planning of publication is also undertaken.

The Society has published a number of volumes of work, both in its own publications, and also through other local societies such as the Chetham Society, and The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.


Current active projects include:

The Cheshire Forest Eyre of 1353 (close to completion).

The Cheshire Indictment Roll, 1377-99.

The Legh of Adlington Charters.

The Lancashire Forest Eyre.

Pilkington of Pilkington family acta.

The Pilkington Manorial Survey.

Late medieval land tenure, and the origins of enclosure.


Provisional Dates for meetings of the MDRG:

Saturday 14 September 2019

Saturday 12 October 2019

Saturday 9 November 2019

Saturday 14 December 2019

Saturday 11 January 2020

Saturday 8 February 2020

Saturday 14 March 2020

Saturday 9 May 2020


For details of how you can become involved, contact the secretary of the Society.