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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 698: Special Lecture: Exploring Medieval Texts in the Modern Age

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 13.00-14.00

Speaker:Rhiannon M. Lawrence-Francis, Special Collections, Leeds University Library

Special Collections is developing online learning resources which combine high-quality digital images with informative text. This session will introduce the Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts Digital Resource, featuring high-resolution images of manuscripts from France, Italy, Germany and the Low Countries. Next, the session will explore the Universal Chronicle, a 15th-century manuscript nearly 18 metres long that recounts the history of the world from the Creation to the reign of King Louis XI of France. The Brotherton Ovid Digital Learning Resource investigates the history of a set of three incunabula filled with drawings and annotations. Finally, the session will outline current photographic research on the collection of manuscript fragments hidden in bindings from Ripon Cathedral Library.

Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis works in Special Collections at Leeds University Library as Collections and Engagement Manager with particular responsibility for rare books and maps.

The session will take place in The Sheppard Room, accessed via the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, where some of these items will be on display. Special Collections houses over 200,000 rare books and seven kilometres (4.3 miles) of manuscripts and archives, including the celebrated Brotherton Collection, the Melsteth Icelandic Collection, the Archives of the Dean & Chapter of Ripon, the Roth Collection, and the Oriental Manuscript Collection. The Reading Room of Special Collections is open from 09.00-18.00 during the Congress week, and IMC delegates are welcome to pursue their research and explore the collection. More details can be found at