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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) 360 Workshop

6th September 2019, 09:00 to 17:00, Palace Green Library Learning Centre

Between April 2019 and June 2019 IMEMS invited a number of colleagues to Durham to apply the techniques in which they are expert to some of the manuscripts held in Durham's Palace Green Library collections. “Team Pigment” from Durham University also worked on the Manuscripts. The results of the different techniques applied will be presented at this workshop and the question "is the whole greater than the sum of the parts; what is the value of a '360'?" will be considered.

Anyone interested in joining, or hearing more about, the Scientific Study of Manuscripts research strand at IMEMS is warmly invited to attend.

Registration is now closed

Workshop Programme

This 360 workshop is part of the Scientific Study of Manuscripts Summer School, generously funded by the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation.





Coffee with welcome and introduction from Stephen Taylor, IMEMS Director, Durham University


Richard Gameson, Durham University

Introduction: The manuscript selection and broad research questions


Louise Garner, Durham University (presenting on behalf of Paola Ricciardi, The Fitzwilliam Museum)

Results Session 1




Andy Beeby and Kate Nicholson, Durham University

Results Session 2

12.30- 13.30



David Howell, The Bodleian Library

Results Session 3


Sarah Fiddyment and Jiří Vnouček, Beasts 2 Craft Project

Results Session 4

15.30- 16.00


16.00- 16.30

Roundtable Discussion, chaired by Richard Gameson

Bringing together the four projects – is the whole greater than the sum of the parts; what is the value of a '360'?