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

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Cost: £20, including lunch and refreshments

Date and time: 10.00-16.00, Friday 15 February 2019

Location: Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Level 2, Museum Street, Blackburn BB1 7AJ

Contact: Katy Thompson, (020 7862 8683) 

This Study Day will accommodate 12 participants.

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 direct experience with these medieval treasures in Blackburn Museum’s Level 2.


10.00 Registration

Morning session:

10.30-11.30 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)

11.30-11.50 Tea/Coffee break

11.50-13.00 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

13.00-13.40: Lunch

13.40-15.00 Session 3: Gothic Art in manuscript illumination The painter and the scribe

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

15.00-15.20 Tea/Coffee break

15.20-16:00 Session 4: Examination of books and review of the day


The Friends of the Blackburn Museum are kindly providing lunch for the day.