Teaching Palaeography – A public engagement approach

Our latest guest post comes from Sarah Laseke, who is a doctoral researcher at Leiden University working on scribal collaboration in fifteenth century manuscripts. Here, she writes about her free 8-week 'Palaeography for Beginners' course. The pleasure of looking at medieval manuscripts has not gone unnoticed – over the past few years, there has been an increased …

Hair and Flesh

We’d like to thank Thom Gobbitt for permission to reblog this fantastic post about learning to distinguish the hair and flesh sides of parchment:

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After giving a lecture on codicology in Stuttgart last month, I got a follow up question sent via the organiser (Dr Anja Thaler) regarding differentiating between the hair-side and flesh side of parchment. Rather than just replying, I thought it would make a good subject for a blog post (especially as the month is almost at an end and I’ve not written one yet). So, without further ado hair and flesh.

Before musing on my own experiences, it may first be useful to outline what I mean by ‘flesh side’ and ‘hair side’. First, though, we need to step back and consider parchment (sometimes called membrane, sometimes vellum if derived from cows or bulls). Parchment is the de-haired skin of an animal (particularly cows, sheep or goats, but hey, go wild), which has been soaked, scraped and most importantly dried under tension. The modern definition that leather is prepared…

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Designing an introductory course in Latin palaeography for research students across the disciplines

In our latest guest post, Dr Teresa Webber of Trinity College, Cambridge outlines an interdisciplinary approach to course design in palaeography.  The Teaching the Codex workshop in Oxford on 6th February 2016 fostered a dialogue across the disciplines about how elements of manuscript study pertinent to each field are currently being taught. Participants also reflected …

Discovering the Codex: Outreach and the Perks of the Manuscript

In the first of our series of guest posts, Dr Pauline Souleau discusses manuscripts as a tool for outreach.  Manuscripts. It is not a word the average pupil hears every day in class. It is usually not a word secondary school students have in mind when considering higher education paths. Yet, manuscripts are a gold …

Forum: H. Lähnemann: Zur Situation der Grundwissenschaften in Großbritannien

This entry was originally posted at hsozkult.de, and we thank them and Professor Henrike Lähnemann for permission to reblog it.  von Henrike Lähnemann. Mein Beitrag zur Debatte um die Grundwissenschaften in der Geschichtswissenschaft kommt aus einer doppelten Außenseiterperspektive: der an einer britischen Universität lehrenden Germanistin. Die Herausforderungen, die sich uns in der britischen germanistischen Mediävistik stellen, …

 Source Criticism in the Digital Age

Ancillary historical skills as an essential competency for historical scholarship and associated disciplines On 1 November 2015, Eva Schlotheuber, Institute of History, University of Düsseldorf, and Frank Bösch, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, issued a call to action to all German historians via the Historikerverband, highlighting the need to ring-fence “Grund­wissen­schaften”, fundamental historical skills. This …