Director

Dr Katherine Hindley 

Katherine Hindley is the current Acting Director of the London International Palaeography Summer School.  She is Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature at NTU, Singapore, where she delights in introducing students to manuscript studies.  Her own research focuses on the medieval English use of written charms: healing and protective words that functioned through being worn, hidden, eaten, dissolved, or written directly onto the body.  She received her PhD from Yale University in 2017, and also holds degrees from the University of Oxford. 

 

Tutors 

Francisco J. Álvarez López

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A former graduate from the Universidade de Vigo (Spain), I completed a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Palaeography at the University of Manchester before joining the University of Exeter in 2011.

I have held postdoc positions both at the School of Advanced Study, University of London (as part of InScribe: Palaeography Learning Materials) and King`s College London (in The Conqueror's Commissioners project). I am also an Affiliate Research Associate at Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives where I currently hold a Fragmentarium Fellowship 2020 to undertake the Exeter Fragments Project.

I have taught at the London International Palaeography Summer School since 2018.

Debby Banham

Debby Banham is a medievalist specialising in the social and cultural history of England up to c. AD 1100, especially medicine, diet and food production, with a sideline in monastic sign language. She was lucky enough to be trained in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge, the only department in the UK where undergraduates are taught palaeography and manuscript studies. Debby has recently retired from Birkbeck College, London, where she taught palaeography and manuscript studies for twenty-five years, and continues to teach at her alma mater in Cambridge. Current research projects include a new edition of Bald’s Leechbook, one of the most important medical collections from early England, with her former student Christine Voth.

Colleen Curran 

Colleen Curran is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council-funded project, 'A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry' based in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. She is also currently a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She received her PhD in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies from King's College London, where she was supervised by Prof. Julia Crick. Colleen's main palaeographical interests focus on script morphology in the Insular script system.

Lynda Dennison

I have been researching on medieval manuscripts for many years, specialising in the fourteenth century with an emphasis on the stylistic groupings of the various illuminators and pen-flourishers. I have taught Art History to students of various ages, including for several years at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, and have contributed over a number of years to the Cambridge Illuminations project, cataloguing English Romanesque and Gothic manuscripts in the Cambridge colleges and Fitzwilliam Museum. I have held a Research Fellowship at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where I am now a member. Currently, I am compiling the second fascicule of a pictorial Index of manuscripts in Oxford College libraries (the first was published in 2018), and writing a commentary on the so-called Queen Mary Psalter, a copiously illuminated English manuscript of the early fourteenth century, now in the British Library.

Anthony S. Edwards

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I have been mainly interested in medieval and early modern English manuscripts and editing and palaeography and have taught these subjects in North America and the UK. For some years I was Co-Editor of English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700 and am currently Deputy Editor of The Book Collector and on the Editorial Boards of Manuscripta and Florilegium and on the council of the Scottish Text Society and the Advisory Board of Middle English Texts (Heidelberg). My current research includes a new critical edition of the works of Chaucer (with Julia Boffey, for Cambridge University Press) and a study of the post-medieval buying and selling of Middle English manuscripts. I have taught introductory and advanced Middle English palaeography for LIPPS.

Carol Farr

Dr Carol Farr, London-based art historian, researches art in early medieval manuscripts. Having written her PhD thesis at the University of Texas at Austin (1989) on the liturgical background of the art of the Book of Kells and its relationships to the manuscript’s graphic structuring of text, she continues research and publication on 7th- to 12th-century manuscripts associated with Britain and Ireland. Formerly associate professor of art history at the University of Alabama (1990-1997), adult education lecturer in London (1998-2002), curator at the British Library (2003-2004), and since 2010 an LIPSS tutor, she now holds an IES Research Fellowship to finish a book on relationships of visual art with the reading and public presentation of bible manuscripts of early medieval England and Ireland.

Laura Franco

Holds a PhD in Byzantine Literature and Palaeography from Royal Holloway University of London University of London.

Besides Greek Palaeography, her research interests focus on the poetry of Nonnus of Panopolis as well as on Late-Antique and Byzantine hagiography. She has published several articles on Symeon Metaphrastes and Nonnus, the Italian edition of the Lives of five female Byzantine saints (Cinque sante bizantine. Storie di travestite, cortigiane, imperatrici, Milan 2017) and that of the Life of the Stylite saint Daniel (forthcoming).

Bink Hallum

After undergraduate and Masters studies in Archaeology/Classical Studies (Lampeter) and Classics (UCL), including Greek and Latin palaeography, I completed a PhD (Warburg Institute) that looked at Arabic translations of Greek alchemical literature. I have studied Arabic language and literature in London, Cairo and Damascus and my research has taken me to manuscript libraries across Europe and the Middle East––not to mention online collections. I held a postdoc at the University of Warwick editing Arabic translations of Greek medical literature. Since 2012, I have been Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator at the British Library. I also hold a research fellowship at the University of Warwick where I am editing and translating a ninth-century Arabic encyclopaedia of alchemy. My research interests focus on the history of science (including the occult sciences) and philosophy, the cross-cultural transmission of ideas and technology, codicology and philology. I have taught at the London International Palaeography Summer School since 2018.

Patricia Lovett

Patricia Lovett is a professional scribe and illuminator using many of the techniques and materials used for the production of mediaeval and Renaissance manuscripts, including using quills, vellum and gold. She has written over a dozen books mainly to do with calligraphy, illumination and heraldry, a DVD and book on Illumination and her latest book was The Art and History of Calligraphy published by the British Library. Patricia is also Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association which supports, promotes and advocates traditional crafts in the UK. Patricia was awarded a National Honour for calligraphy and heritage crafts in 2012.

Dorothea McEwan

Dorothea McEwan was the first archivist ever employed by of the Warburg Institute, University of London. She was awarded her PhD in History by the University of Vienna, Austria. Currently she is an independent scholar engaged in research of Ethiopian art and intellectual history.

She has published widely, on a range of topics in intellectual and art history, and theology, with an enduring focus on the relationships between Africa and Europe.

She has initiated and organised a number of international conferences on Ethiopian art and architecture. She headed the editorial board for the publication of Georg Wilhelm Schimper’s paper on the natural history of Ethiopia.

She is active in international networks and professional associations promoting intellectual and cultural debate. She has also served on international committees, for the publication of the papers of Aby Warburg, and for the recognition of women in theological debate.

She is Honorary Fellow of the University of London, and was awarded the Cross of Honour for Science and Art by the President of the Federal Republic of Austria.  She was elected an Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.  

Throughout her academic work she transcribed German manuscripts for books, articles and teaching. As part of her work in the Archive of the Warburg Institute she had to read, transcribe, translate and abstract the vast correspondence archive of Aby Warburg, the founder of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg, in Hamburg, which came to London at the end of 1933 and was called The Warburg Institute. She started the series of classes on German Palaeography in the London International Palaeography Summer School, University of London in 1996 and the German Historical Institute London in 2010.

Marigold Norbye

After a first degree in Classics, later in life I did a Masters in Medieval Studies and a PhD focussed on fifteenth-century manuscripts.  Since then I have taught part-time at UCL: the Manuscripts and Documents course for MA students in UCL’s History Department, as well as Latin Palaeography and Medieval Latin to undergraduates in the Department of Greek and Latin.  I have been a tutor for Latin Palaeography at IES palaeography winter and summer schools since 2005 and for sessions on the transmission of the Classics at the London Rare Book School (LRBS) since 2008.  I was Academic Coordinator of LIPSS between 2008-2019 and am currently Course Convenor for the Book in the Ancient World course given at the London Rare Books School and the MA in the History of the Book.

Laura Nuvoloni

Laura Nuvoloni is a manuscripts and early printed books curator and cataloguer.  Having studied Italian Philology at the University of Venice and Latin Palaeography at King’s College London with Professor A.C. de la Mare, she worked in the Departments of Western Medieval Manuscripts at Sotheby’s London and the British Library and the Department of Rare Books at Cambridge University Library as principal cataloguer of the Guilford Manuscripts and the Medieval Medical Harley Manuscripts at the British Library, and the Incunabula Collection at Cambridge University Library. She has conducted tutorial seminars on the codicology and scholarly description of Italian Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Latin and Italian palaeography for MA students of Italian Renaissance Text at the University of Central London, and on incunabula and their copy specific features at Cambridge University Library and the London Rare Book School 2019 (LRBS).  She has been the tutor of Italian Palaeography at the London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS) alone in 2018 and with Irene Ceccherini in 2019.

She currently is the Curator of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books at Holkham Hall Library, and part-time tutor of the Italian Palaeography Course for students of the Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture MA at the Warburg Institute.

She is the co-author of the late Prof. A.C. de la Mare’s book Bartolomeo Sanvito: The Life and Work of a Renaissance Scribe (2009).

She is the Treasurer and Member of the Modermen of the Association Paléographique internationale – Culture – Écriture – Société (APICES)

Nigel Ramsay

I am a medievalist who was trained initially in legal history but then branched out into library history, art history and the history of monasticism. I have edited or written books and databases on how craftsmen made things, what lands and churches belonged to English monasteries, the libraries and archives of Canterbury and Ely cathedrals, and how the archives and collections of medieval institutions and Early Modern collectors have come down to us in the form that they have. My interest is always in getting to the root of the issue, which for me means reading the primary documents. Palaeography enables us to reach back to the medieval writers--but I then wish to present their writings to a modern readership. My aim as a tutor is to explore how to edit, as part of our interaction with the past.

My principal current research projects are editorial: medieval cathedral book-lists and the records of the medieval Court of Chivalry (disputes about heraldry, mostly), but I am also writing a book about types of monastic records.

Jane Roberts

 

Jane Roberts, educated at the universities of Dublin and Oxford, has held teaching positions in Glasgow University, University College Dublin and King’s College London. She is currently Emeritus Professor, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of English Studies, at the University of London. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English Language of the University of Glasgow, a Visiting Research Fellow of CRMS, the Centre for Renaissance and Medieval Studies, Trinity College Dublin, and an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford. Her main research interest is in the history of the English language, especially lexical semantics and medieval vernacular manuscripts. She is co-author of A Thesaurus of Old English with Christian Kay (1995; now on-line) and one of the four editors of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (2009). Other publications include A Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (London 2005; Liverpool 2105) and Guthlac: Crowland’s Saint, edited with Alan Thacker (Donington 2020).

 

Anna Somfai

My main fields of teaching and research include medieval manuscript studies and ancient and medieval philosophy and science. Within manuscript studies I teach codicology, textual criticism, Latin book hand palaeography, and script development. I study the cognitive aspects of the medieval manuscript folio layout, connected with my research into visual thinking. I examine the nature and role of diagrams and other visual elements and the visualising of philosophical and scientific concepts in medieval manuscripts. I have taught at and organised Latin and Greek Codicology and Palaeography Summer Schools.

Jenny Stratford

Jenny Stratford began her career in the Department of Manuscripts, the British Museum (now the British Library). She is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study University of London, where she teaches palaeography and diplomatic to graduates during the academic year. In addition to catalogues of modern and medieval manuscripts, her books include The Bedford Inventories ...  (1993), Richard II and the English Royal Treasure (2012), and The Sobieski Hours, a study of a 15th-century Book of Hours in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (2016). 

Rowan Watson 

Rowan Watson was, until 2015,  Senior Curator in the V&A’s National Art Library, working with rare books, and literary and documentary manuscripts, together with illuminated manuscripts, of which he produced a catalogue published in three volumes in 2011.  He taught for many years on the MA in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies. Recent publications include articles on monastic reform in 10th-century Aquitaine and on an unfinished Book of Hours from 15th-century Normandy.

Claudia Wedepohl

I have graduated in Art History and Italian Literature at the University of Hamburg and joined the staff of the Warburg Institute in 2000. Since 2006 I’m the Institute’s Archivist with responsibility for its archival collections. Next our core collection, the papers of the art and cultural historian Aby Warburg, the Archive holds estates of other formerly affiliated scholars and the Warburg Institute’s administrational files, including a vast collection of correspondences. Subsequently, I specialize in nineteenth and early twentieth-century German paleography.

Hanna Vorholt

Hanna Vorholt completed her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art and her PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She held positions and fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for History, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University Library, the British Library, and the Warburg Institute. She is currently Senior Lecturer in History of Art and a Member of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.