Researching the Modern History of Medieval Manuscripts: Resources and Collaborations

Researching the Modern History of Medieval Manuscripts: Resources and Collaborations
14 January 2020, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This workshop showcases some of the collaborative research currently being undertaken into the modern history of medieval manuscripts. The CULTIVATE MSS Project (funded by the European Research Council) examines the trade in medieval books between 1900 and 1945, and analyses the impact of the trade on the formation of modern library collections and the development of scholarship. One of the central hypotheses of the project is that the manuscript trade contributed to the projection of values onto medieval manuscripts and subsequently to conceptions of the Middle Ages. The project is based at Senate House, and makes use of the exceptional resources for the study of manuscripts in that library, which were also developed throughout the twentieth century. A key partner for the project is the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, based at the University of Pennsylvania. Initiated by Larry Schoenberg in the context of his own collection, the redeveloped database contains over 250,000 records of observations of manuscripts based on data from a wide range of sources. The user community can add and edit data to improve both the records and the framework it provides for understanding provenance history. One of the current projects to benefit from the Schoenberg Database is the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project, developed by a research team in Oxford, Paris and Finland. The workshop will examine how such tools are shaping research into provenance history and train users to work with the Schoenberg Database. 

Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet.

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