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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

The Memory of Paper in Aberdeen's City Registers, 1394-1511

22nd May 2019, 12:00 to 13:00, Seminar Room 3, History Department, Graeme Small

What social history can we discern, not so much within the contents of the document, but within its form? This line of questioning suggested by “the archival turn” leads to the deployment of methods associated with material philology, in this instance the investigation of “the memory of paper” (gauged by watermark evidence among other things). The subject will be Aberdeen’s council registers from 1398 onwards, which are listed with Domesday Book and Magna Carta in the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.