CMS Christmas Party & Medieval Bake-Off

The CMS community gathered on Monday 9 December for our Christmas party and the seventh annual Medieval Bake-Off. Staff, students, and CMS alumni enjoyed festive refreshments and a spectacular selection of baked goods that included Latin epigraphy, gingerbread dragons, and a real whale of a cake!

The arduous task of judging fell to some of the newest faces around the CMS –  Prof. Tom McLeish (Physics) and Dr Rachel Delman (History) – and our dear friend Dimitris Charalampopoulos (King’s Manor Catering Manager). After due deliberation, the judges were unanimous in awarding the following prizes:

Best Tasting – Charlotte Williams’ Gyngerbrede (based on a 14th-century recipe)IMG_20191209_161019

Best Design – Aaron Sheldon’s Gingerbread Dragon Boat & JörmundgandrIMG_20191209_161501

Best Overall – Amy Cooper’s Inspired by the Lindisfarne GospelsIMG_20191209_160939

The Bake-Off was also a chance to display our MA students’ posters, made for their Introduction to Interdisciplinary Methodologies module; party-goers voted for the favourite, based on content and visual presentation, and a Best Poster prize was awarded:

Cris Doyle, Trishan Signh, and Taylor Peterson – Celestial ImageryCelestial Imagery Poster-page-001

Finally, two Garmonsway Dissertation Prizes for the highest-marked MA dissertation in the 2018-19 cohort were awarded:

  • Annabel Hancock: Tracing Connections: Using Network Analysis to Study Trade and Movement in the Mediterranean in the Eleventh to Fourteenth Centuries
  • Arianna Dalla Costa: Following the Path of the Moon: the Use of Lunar Mansions in the De Signis Astronomicis

We hope that you had a wonderful time, and that you enjoy reliving it through our photos of the event. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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