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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Illuminated Manuscripts and their Users: the British Library's Royal Collection

6th June 2012, 14:00 to 17:00, Williams Library, St. Chad's College

The workshop forms part of the project to digitise some of the outstanding illuminated manuscripts in the British Library's Royal collection

The first session will focus on the use of digital resources in manuscript research, with a presentation by Dr Joanna Fronska (The British Library), 'Behind the scenes process of digitisation', followed by a roundtable discussion of the use and value of online digital resources.

The second session will consist of short panel presentations/discussion on illuminated manuscripts in the Royal collection, addressing one of the following questions:

  • How were the illuminated manuscripts in the royal library used and received by their owners? 
  • What are the characteristics of illustrated manuscripts collected by English monarchs?
  • How did monastic manuscripts enter the royal collection, or what was their function within the library?
  • How representative is what survives of the royal library, and why is there a relative lack of liturgical or private devotional books in the royal collection?

If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact Jacky Pankhurst     

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