Quills and ink: a workshop with 9-year-olds in Strängnäs, Sweden.

Elin Andersson received her PhD in Latin at Stockholm University in 2011.  Her research centres around texts related to the medieval Brigittine order.  Since 2016, she has worked at the National Library of Sweden as curator of the two rare book collections in Strängnäs, those of the Cathedral Library and of the Rogge Library. Follow …

Teaching the Codex through ‘Cabinet’, a digitisation project from Oxford’s museums and libraries

Dr Sarah Griffin is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Teaching Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Cabinet is well known across Oxford for the three-dimensional models of museum objects that we create to promote teaching with material culture. While these models are an effective way to get our …

Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands – A Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project

Dr Tristan Franklinos is one of the founders of Teaching the Codex. He is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Trinity College, Oxford.  A marvellous collaboration between the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB), Wolfenbüttel was launched this week.  Manuscripts from the German-speaking lands held in …

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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