LIPSS 2021

The London International Palaeography Summer School returns in 2021, with a wide range of online courses!

The London International Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. Subject areas include Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Early Modern English, German and Greek palaeography, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, manuscript editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full. 

The courses will consist of live lectures and interactive discussion, as well as pre-recorded sessions. The courses will be delivered via Zoom or Teams, so we recommend that participants join via laptop or desktop.


LIPSS Week 1, 7-11 June 2021

7-11 June | Introduction to Palaeography and Medieval Manuscript Studies (Laura Cleaver and Katherine Hindley)

This week-long course is designed to introduce beginners to the study of medieval manuscripts.  No previous experience or language skills are necessary.  The course is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, those working in libraries and archives, and anyone with an interest in medieval books.

Find out more and book here. 

LIPSS Week 2, 14-18 June 2021

14 June (am) | A History of Scripts (Patricia Lovett)

This course will focus on scripts used in manuscripts (600–1600), the manuscripts themselves, how the scripts were written – with demonstrations, the scribes, and the tools and materials used.

Find out more and book here.

14 June (pm) | How Manuscripts Were Made (Patricia Lovett)

How feathers are made into quills, the difference between vellum and parchment, types of gold used in manuscripts, pigments and how they behave and how the text was written, the gold used and applied and the pictures made. 

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14 June | Women Patrons, Scribes and Makers of Medieval Manuscripts (Victoria Walker)

This course will explore the role of women in the manuscript culture of the Middle Ages in England and Europe.

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15 June | Insular Palaeography (Colleen Curran)

This 1-day course will introduce students to the scripts in use in Ireland and Britain up to c. 1100. 

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15 June | Greek Palaeography (Laura Franco)

This is an introductory course in Greek Palaeography, which comprises a brief section on the majuscule as a selective writing, followed by an overview of the Greek minuscule from the ninth to the 15th century. 

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16 June | The Book of Kells and its Contemporaries (Carol Farr)

A day’s study of the Book of Kells, its art and its relationships to decorated Latin manuscripts ca. AD 800. We will see it within the cultural significance of early medieval decorated manuscripts and examine reasons behind its decoration. 

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16 June | Introduction to Visigothic Script (Ainoa Castro Correa)

In this course students will gain knowledge about not only the origin of Visigothic script but also about its main typological and geographical variants and stages of evolution throughout the centuries, being these aspects discussed through digital reproductions of significant manuscript exemplars.

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17 June | Bilingual Manuscripts in England, c.950-1200 (Francisco Alvarez Lopez)

This course studies the production of bilingual manuscripts from c. 950 to 1200 and traces the evolution of this dichotomy as seen in manuscripts where the two languages (and scripts) are used side by side. 

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17-18 June | Italian Palaeography: Gothic Cursive Script and Humanistic Script

The course is divided into two separate modules, corresponding to two separate full day sessions, which are intended to be taken in combination. Each session will provide an in-depth analysis and reading exercises of book and documentary scripts employed in Italy through the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (13th-15th centuries), based on manuscript and archival material studied and published by the course tutors.

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18 June | Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts (Chris Stamatakis)

This course will offer participants an opportunity to practise transcribing a variety of literary manuscripts written in English in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Find out more and book here. 


For 2021, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries for the summer sessions of one day courses and the five-day course. Bursaries are awarded from the Sambrook Fund and from some LIPSS tutors who have generously waived their teaching fees to support student bursaries.

There is space on the booking form to specify if you would like to apply for a bursary. Bursary applications close on Tuesday 4 May 2021. You will hear back from us a few weeks after the closing date. Please note that you will be expected to pay up front for the course and if your bursary application is successful you will be issued a refund.*

If you were awarded a bursary in 2020 you will be automatically awarded one for 2021, if you have registered for a course this year.

*In limited circumstances where you cannot pay up front please contact