Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Founded in the 1970s, this seminar aims to bring together expertise from academia, libraries and the commercial world of books. The seminar covers current research on the history of book production and use in the Middle Ages, including the history of script, and the study of the fortunes of manuscript culture in the Middle Ages and later centuries. The seminar is at present convened by Prof. Julia Crick (King’s College, London) and Dr David Rundle (Centre for Medieval Early Modern Studies, University of Kent).

The convenors are delighted to announce the first seminar of the academic year 2021-22. You are invited to attend this online event celebrating the launch of a new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum:

Dr Catherine Yvard (V&A Museum, London)

Fragmented Illuminations at the V&A

28th September 2021, 5:30pm

V&A Fragment 3045
Pentecost, from a gradual made for the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1392-99, Florence, Italy. V&A, Museum no. 3045. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Please register via the Institute of English Studies webpages.

Abstract: With over 2000 cuttings from medieval and renaissance manuscripts, the V&A holds one of the largest collections of this kind in the world. On the occasion of the Fragmented Illuminations exhibition at the V&A (8 September 2021-8 May 2022), curator Catherine Yvard will explore the history of this collection, and highlight some of the exciting discoveries made while researching for the exhibition.  

Future Seminars

The full schedule of seminars for autumn 2021 will shortly be available.

Past Seminars

A small number of past seminars have been recorded and are accessible via the links below.

Laura Cleaver, Wilfrid Voynich’s dealings in manuscripts (c. 1898-1930) and why they matter, 13 October 2020.