From Sheep to Shelf: The making of books in the middle ages and renaissance
'From Sheep to Shelf' is an illustrated exploration of the process of making, writing, decorating and using books before the invention of printing. As each book was wholly hand-made, every aspect of it - size, shape, colour and decoration - was subject to variation. Thus we have examples that are tiny, gigantic, circular, golden, purple and black, not to mention many that are masterpieces of calligraphy and illumination.
While some medieval and renaissance books were made by monks, very many were made by secular professionals - including husband and wife teams - who, far from being anonymous, have left us notes about their labours, lives and loves. The session will include the opportunity to inspect some medieval manuscripts.