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Friday 15 February at 5:15 PM
Museum Course Medieval Manuscripts

Museum Course: Medieval Manuscripts

Study Day: Introducing the Medieval Book: Teaching from the Hart Collection

Date: Friday 15th February

Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Level 2

Level: All levels

Cost: £10


Dr Cynthia Johnston leads this introduction to the medieval illuminated book. Using examples from the beautiful manuscripts in the R.E. Hart Collection, she will describe the world of the medieval reader. What sorts of books did medieval readers want and how did they obtain them? How were the books made and by whom? What was the medieval ‘best seller’? The day will conclude with the opportunity for participants to have hands on experience with these medieval treasures in Blackburn Museum’s Level 2.


Registration and Coffee 9:30-10am

Morning session:

10.00-11.00 Session 1: The Book in Medieval Society; Readers and Makers

Case Studies from the Hart Collection: The Peckover Psalter (France 1220), The Blackburn Psalter (Oxford?, 1270-80)

11.00-11.30 Tea/Coffee break

11.30-13.00 Session 2: The Medieval ‘Best Seller’: The Book of Hours; Making books in London, Paris and Venice

Case Studies: Hart’s Books of Hours from England, Paris, Venice, France and the Low Countries

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00 Session 3: Gothic Art in manuscript illumination The painter and the scribe

Case Studies: The Master of Edward 4th and Johannes de Berlandia

15.00-15.30 Tea/Coffee break

15.30-16:30:  Session 4: Hands on discovery and review of the day

16:30-17:30: Reception

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