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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 231: Materiality and Meaning: Engagement with Medieval Objects

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Alexandra M. Lester-Makin, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Alexandra Makin, Independent Scholar, Worsley
Moderator/Chair:Peter Anthony Lester, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Paper 231-aArchivists and Medieval Objects: Friends or Foes?
(Language: English)
Charlotte Berry, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 231-bChallenging Perceptions of the Dark Ages: How Material Culture Illuminates the Medieval Past
(Language: English)
Ceri Jones, Independent Scholar, Rippingale
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Education, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 231-cBreaking Glass: Encountering the Medieval Manuscript in Interpretive Settings
(Language: English)
Armand De Filippo, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Anthropology, Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography

This session will explore how medieval objects are experienced and understood as material culture. Drawing on intellectual, sensory, and emotional forms of engagement, objects can provide different levels of meaning, and these have implications for how objects are understood, managed and used today. In the papers, the speakers will explore the interdisciplinary way in which archivists manage and work with texual, visual and material culture; how material culture in a museum setting can be used to create meaning about history for children and young people; and how attention to the material properties of exhibited manuscripts can inspire emotional and imaginative visitor reactions.