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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


IMEMS is one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of medieval and early modern studies in the world. A versatile ensemble of academics, curators, students, practitioners, and volunteers, we cover a comprehensive range of areas from Late Antiquity to the late eighteenth century, with a global range from the Silk Road to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking North. We promote the global standing of Durham University’s research, and its museums and collections, by initiating, co-ordinating and supporting networks, programmes and projects, and lectures and workshops for both specialists and the wider public. As the academic hub for Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, we champion a framework for rigorous research, impact, and dissemination, in order to strengthen the global understanding and appreciation of one of Europe’s great Palatinates. Durham is a site of Outstanding Universal Value: by studying its past, we engage with the present and map strategies for its future.


Scientific Study of Manuscripts and Inscriptions (SSoMI) Summer School

2nd September 2019, 09:00 to 6th September 2019, 17:00, Durham University

Generously supported by the Zeno Karl Schindler (ZKS) Foundation

Applications are closed for 2019.


This 5-day course will comprise four days of tailored sessions, culminating in a workshop where experts will present the findings of a 360 degree manuscript study. During the course, students will gain an understanding of:

  • the various stages and practicalities involved in the making of medieval manuscript books;
  • the scientific analysis of manuscripts and what this can reveal;
  • image processing and pattern recognition topics;
  • the labour-intensive processes of parchment-making and binding;
  • the circumstances that have led to damage and destruction of books, and what can be done to understand surviving fragments.

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Fees and Funding

The full course fee is £550. Day one may be taken as a free-standing, one-day course in codicology and is priced at £150. The fee covers lunches, refreshments and at least one course dinner; accommodation is not included.

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