The London International Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. Courses range from a half to two days duration and are given by experts in their respective fields from a wide range of institutions. Subject areas include Latin, Middle English, Early Modern English, German, Greek, Medieval Spanish and Merovingian palaeography, calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, manuscript editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts.
The Summer School is hosted by the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies with the co-operation of the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House Library, the Warburg Institute, University College, King's College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Course Overview 2017
Monday 12 June
- Introduction to Merovingian Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)
- Introduction to Middle English Palaeography (Anthony Edwards)
- How Medieval Manuscripts Were Made (Patricia Lovett)
- Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts I (Chris Stamatakis, UCL, with a session by Heather Windram, Cambridge University)
- An Introduction to Greek Palaeography I (Laura Franco)
- Western Scientific Manuscripts (Charles Burnett)
Tuesday 13 June
- Introduction to the Insular System of Scripts to A.D. 900 (Julia Crick)
- Middle English Editing (Anthony Edwards)
- Quills and Calligraphy - A Practical Course (Patricia Lovett)
- Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts II (Chris Stamatakis)
- An Introduction to Greek Palaeography II (Laura Franco)
- Introduction to Codicology (additional session with James Freeman)
Wednesday 14 June
- Introduction to Latin Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)
- Pre-Norman British and Irish Psalters: Art, Liturgy and Devotion (Carol Farr)
- Introduction to Codicology (James Freeman)
- Introduction to English Palaeography, 1500-1900 (Christopher Whittick)
Thursday 15 June
- Intermediate Latin Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)
- German Palaeography (Dorothea McEwan and Claudia Wedepohl)
- Codicology - An Introduction to Cataloguing (Peter Kidd)
- English palaeography 1500-1700: reading and editing texts and records (Nigel Ramsay)
- Liturgical and Devotional Manuscripts I (Jenny Stratford and Rowan Watson)
Friday 16 June
- Introduction to Medieval Spanish Palaeography: 8th-15th centuries (Ainoa Castro Correa)
- ‘From Durrow to Kells’: Understanding Early Medieval British and Irish Gospel Books (Carol Farr)
- Codicology and Cataloguing – A Hands-On Workshop (Peter Kidd and James Freeman)
English Palaeography: the records of criminal justice, 1650-1800 (Christopher Whittick)
Liturgical and Devotional Manuscripts II (Jenny Stratford and Rowan Watson)
Transcribing and Editing Manuscripts: Palaeography after 1700 (Wim Van Mierlo and Chrissie Van Mierlo)
View further details about the summer school palaeography teachers' affiliations and research interests.
A display of medieval writing materials, which includes the possibility of practical use of certain medieval items, will be exhibited during certain lunch breaks, and is open to all participants of the Summer School.
Deadline for applications to the School is June 2.
Please bring a pencil: pens are not allowed when valuable manuscripts and facsimiles are in use.