Date: 20 September 2019

Time: 10.00-17.00

Location: Hereford Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral Library, Palace Yard, Hereford HR4 9BJ (for directions, see here)

Cost: £80 (standard) | £60 (concession)

Hereford Cathedral is home to one of the most ancient and significant collections of medieval manuscripts in Britain. Its treasures include the Hereford Gospels, made in Britain around 800, and the Hereford Mappa Mundi of c.1300 - one of the most famous of the medieval world maps. It also houses the finest surviving specimen of a chained library, a rare survivor of how institutional libraries used to be. This special study day offers a rare opportunity to explore these and other of the library's remarkable holdings, in the context of medieval book production, under the expert tuition of Prof. Michelle P. Brown and Rosemary Firman, the Cathedral Librarian. Peter Furniss, Chair of Shropshire Scribes, will also demonstrate the process of writing the Hereford Gospels and will offer a scribe's perspective.

The course is limited to 15 students.


Michelle P. Brown FSA is Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, SAS, University of London and a
Visiting Professor, University College London. She is a Leverhulme Research Fellow and was formerly the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. She has published, lectured and broadcast widely on the cultural history of the Middle Ages.