Goatskin in the garden: how does it feel to prepare your own parchment?

Manuscripts Under Lockdown 2: Sara Charles is a PhD student at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on medieval martyrologies from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. She also conducts personal research into the production of manuscripts, exploring parchment making, ink making and illumination. She shares her findings on her …

The lost library of Canterbury Cathedral: Digital resources to reunite manuscripts and fragments

Manuscripts Under Lockdown 1: Dr Alison Ray has worked since 2018 as Assistant Archivist at Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library, having previously worked at the British Library as Digitisation and Web Curatorial Officer with The Polonsky Foundation England and France, 700-1200 digitisation project. Follow Dr Ray on Twitter. The recent growth of palaeographical and codicological …

The Open Medieval Editions by Students (TOMES) Project: An Anthology by and for Students (and Others!)

This post is created by the team behind the TOMES project, which is funded by a Comenius Grant from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research/NRO. The project lead, Dr Murchison, is an assistant professor (UD) in medieval English and French literature at Leiden University, in The Netherlands. Her research centers around the popular vernacular literature …

The School Room Scriptorium: Giving a Workshop on Medieval Scriptoria in a Primary School

Eleanor Baker is a second year DPhil student at St John’s College, Oxford. Her research looks at how codex production processes influenced middle English literature between 1300-1550. She currently works as the Teaching and Careers officer at Oxford’s Faculty of English, and runs the Living Libraries podcast with fellow DPhil student Alex Peplow. You can …

Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in the Primary School Classroom

Charlie Farquharson-Roberts is a Latin teacher and private tutor, but a medievalist at heart. She once wrote an MPhil thesis on the Venerable Bede’s Latin hymns. With small children these days, she finds herself chair of the PTA. Find her on twitter @camlatintutor. I have spent this year gainfully unemployed from Latin teaching in schools …

Teaching the Irish Hand; gáir peinn do dromaib duillenn ‘the scratch of the pen on the surface of pages’

Dr Chantal Kobel is a postdoctoral O’Donovan scholar in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her current project involves the editing of a series of obscure texts preserved in the late medieval composite manuscript TCD H.3.18 (1337), for which she is also producing a descriptive catalogue of its contents. Dr Kobel …

Teaching with Special Collections & Archives at Maynooth University Library

Barbara McCormack is Special Collections Librarian at Maynooth University. She teaches on the MA Historical Archives, a programme concerned with the principles, attitudes and skills necessary for the professional management of archival collections. As Special Collections Librarian at Maynooth University Library I am in the enviable position of curating the historical collections of St Patrick’s …

Archaeological adventures in the Bolton Library

We’re delighted to be able to share this fascinating post by Paul Novosel, with additional thanks to Dr Eleanor Giraud and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick.

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick

by Paul Novosel

If I wasn’t a professional musician, I would have probably been an archaeologist. Unearthing the past and finding historical artefacts has always fascinated me. And this term at UL, I had the chance to experience something akin to an archaeological dig: as part of my MA in Ritual Chant and Song, I delved into the world of rare liturgical books.

For one of my MA modules, I was given the awesome opportunity to thoroughly examine a rare book from the Bolton Library and create a record of its health (image 1). The University of Limerick takes care of the Bolton Library, “a collection of 12,000 early printed books, manuscripts and incunabula of exceptional academic and bibliographic importance”. It’s a literary goldmine of historical artefacts for future generations of researchers—a very noble legacy, and a coup for the Glucksman Library.

Image1-MARitualChantandSongstudentscataloguechantbooksfromtheBoltonLibrary 1: Students of the MA in Ritual Chant…

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The Science of Medieval Pigments: Teaching the Materials Analysis of Manuscripts in the Undergraduate Classroom

Cynthia Turner Camp is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where she teaches Middle English and manuscript studies. She and her students blog about their adventures with manuscripts on the Hargrett Hours Project website, and you can also follow along on Twitter at @hargretthours. It can …

An Online Module for Teaching Manuscript Transcription with Blackboard Learn

Krista A. Murchison is a lecturer in medieval literature at Leiden University, in The Netherlands. Her research centers around the popular vernacular literature of England and the productive ways in which contemporary digital culture and medieval textual culture illuminate each other. Her experience with digital pedagogy includes leading her students’ production of a web edition …