The London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS) is back for 2021! Ahead of the Summer School in June, we are running selected courses throughout the Spring. 

The Spring courses are the same length as a normal LIPSS course, but most are split across two half-day sessions. All live sessions will be held online via Zoom. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full. 

Courses fees are £100 (standard) and £75 (student). There are limited places available on each course. 

We have six courses on offer for 2021 on a variety of manuscript and palaeography related subjects: 


17-18 March | Latin Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)

This course will provide a brief overview of the main elements of Latin palaeography, concentrating on scripts of the later medieval period (1100-1500).  Whilst showing the most common abbreviation symbols and the evolution of letter forms, the course will consist of practical exercises, transcribing several different types of script.

Find out more and book here. 

30-31 March | Early Modern English Palaeography (Nigel Ramsay)

This course combines palaeography (the decipherment of Early Modern handwriting) with diplomatic (studying the form that past documents took) and the process of editorial intervention that enables us to present our transcription in a form that makes it accessible to others in a satisfactory scholarly way.

Find out more and book here.

10 April | Medieval Philosophical and Scientific Manuscripts (Anna Somfai)

The course explores medieval Western philosophical and scientific manuscripts produced over the span of the 9th to 15th centuries. It considers the role manuscripts played in the creation and shaping of the philosophical and scientific discourse.

Find out more and book here. 


4-5 May | German Palaeography (Claudia Wedepohl and Dorothea McEwan)

This German Palaeography class is a reading class. Its aim is to familiarize students with the particularities Kurrentschrift through a number of different handwritings. A variety of texts will be examined and read: private correspondence, official correspondence of German courts and the Habsburg monarchy, petitions by individuals, replies by authorities, appeals, etc., from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Find out more and book here. 

11-12 May | Introduction to Music in Medieval Manuscripts (Brianne Dolce)

This course offers a brief introduction to medieval music paleography, especially between the ninth and fourteenth centuries. It provides an overview of musical scripts used in medieval Europe, the graphic features that distinguish them, and developments in music writing technologies over the course of the period.

Find out more and book here. 

17-18 May | Middle English Palaeography (Anthony Edwards)

This course will provide an introduction to Middle English scribal hands in literary manuscripts from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. The aim of the course will be to give some overview of the range of scripts and of the questions of transcription they raise for the beginning student.

Find out more and book here.