Forthcoming Meetings

The Fifteenth Century Book: Manuscripts in the Early Age of Print

Poster and summary programme for the meeting

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Full details below:

Virtual seminar hosted by the University of Glasgow
21 April 2021 14.00-16.30

14.00-14.10 Welcome, Outline programme, opening remarks (Siobhan Convery, University of Glasgow)

14.10-15.10 Ownership and engagement
14.10-14.25: The account book of the Venetian bookseller Francesco de Madiis (1484-88): the (extraordinary) evidence of fifteenth-century book ownership (Professor Cristina Dondi, University of Oxford)
14.25-14.40: Collecting the fifteenth-century book in Georgian London: books and manuscripts in Dr William Hunter’s library (Michelle Craig, University of Glasgow)
14.40-14.50: Questions/discussion
14.50-15.05: A remote view of manuscript and print in the Hunterian Library: a mini presentation of books using the Special Collections visualiser (Julie Gardham, University of Glasgow)
15.05-15.10: Questions/discussion on visualiser session

15.10-15.25 Break

15.25-16.25 Materiality
15.25-15.40: The colour of lust: pigments in the Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles (Prof Richard Gameson, University of Durham)
15.40-15.55: Experimenting with Print in Fifteenth-Century Manuscripts (Dr Aditi Nafde, University of Newcastle)
15.55-16.10: Rough & Ready: Recycling in Late Medieval Books (Dr Hannah Ryley, University of Oxford)
16.10-16.25: Questions/discussion

16.25-16.30 Finish, Round up of workshop (Dr Bernard Meehan, Trinity College Dublin)

16.30-16.45 AMARC AGM

Spring Meeting 2020


Westminster Abbey: manuscripts, archives, history – including curator-led tours of the Sanctuary, Library and Cosmati pavement

Westminster Abbey, 24 March 2020, 9.30-16.30

AMARC’s spring 2020 meeting will explore the rich documentary, literary and artistic history of the Abbey, with talks by leading scholars in the field and curator-led tours of some of the site’s most spectacular attractions.

Entrance to the newly refurbished Galleries is included in the registration fee, which also covers tea/coffee breaks and lunch. Attendees will be organised into groups for the morning and afternoon tours, as indicated on the programme. The programme has furthermore been arranged to enable participants to attend evensong after the close of the meeting, if they so wish. Click here to book.

Registration fees (including tea/coffee, lunch and admission to the Galleries)
– AMARC members: £35
– non-members: £40
– AMARC student members: £30
– student non-members: £35


9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome
10.05 The Early Charters of Westminster Abbey: Simon Keynes
10.35 Henry III and Westminster Abbey: David Carpenter
11.05 Tea / coffee
11.30 Henry III and the Cosmati Mosaics: Warwick Rodwell
12.00 Tour of the Library and Muniment Room (Group 1), Tour of the Sanctuary (Group 2)
12.45 Lunch
13.30 More than meets the eye: pigment analysis medieval wax seals
Stuart Black and Elizabeth New
14.00 Books kept at the shrine of Edward the Confessor in the later middle ages:
Matthew Payne
14.30 Tea / coffee
14.50 Visit to the Galleries
15.45 Tour of the Library and Muniment Room (Group 2), Tour of the Sanctuary (Group 1)
16.30 Attendees wishing to stay for Evensong may take their places at this point