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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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'Durham's 'Web of Science' at the Dawn of the Twelfth Century: DCL MS Hunter 100 and its Context'.

1st May 2015, 17:15, Durham Castle Senior Common Room, Professor Faith Wallis

All are welcome.

Prof Faith Wallis is an historian of medieval Europe specialising in the history of science and medicine, is a member of the IMEMS International Advisory Board. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University and is an affiliate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. During her time in Durham, Faith will be working with
students and colleagues on creating a comprehensive commentary of one of the remarkable manuscripts in Durham Cathedral's Priory Library collection, MS Hunter 100. Her work will become part of the Durham Priory Library Digitisation Project.

Abstract: Durham Cathedral Library MS Hunter 100 is a pocket-sized album of materials on the management of the calendar (computus), astronomy, music and medicine created at Durham in the first decade of the 12th century. Exquisitely written and decorated, it conveys a scientific and visual message about the intersection of time and the human body. In addition, it reveals the complex "web of science" in which Anglo-Norman Durham was embedded. The interdisciplinary project organised under the aegis of IMEMS to create a model digital facsimile edition of Hunter 100 thus advocates for the scholarly significance of digitizing the entire Durham Cathedral manuscript collection.