IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1531: Memory, the Material, and the Middle Ages, I

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:National Museums Scotland
Organiser:Katie Stevenson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Alex Woolf, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1531-aMemory, Monuments, and the Prehistoric Past in Early Medieval Scotland
(Language: English)
Martin Goldberg, Department of Scottish History & Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Paper 1531-bRemembering and Remaking the Monymusk Reliquary
(Language: English)
Alice Blackwell, Department of Scottish History & Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 1531-cLearning by Heart: Books, Boxes, and Breast-Hoards
(Language: English)
Heather Pulliam, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Abstract

Objects give continuity and meaning to societies, communities, and individuals, and the study of memory is vital in examining material culture and the ways in which the past can be understood. Objects were created, reused, and repurposed during the Middle Ages and beyond, to articulate contemporary ideas, values, and ambitions. This is one of three sessions hosted by National Museums Scotland, designed to invigorate an object-focused approach to medieval studies by placing material culture as a specific source category at the heart of research to understand memory both in the Middle Ages and through the lens of medievalism.