Short course
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Tuesday 24 April 2018 - Tuesday 19 June 2018

  • Tuesday 24 April 2018 - Tuesday 19 June 2018

  • Seminar Room 5

  • Course price £325.00 - £399.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

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During the Middle Ages, books written by hand, illuminated with gold and painted with costly pigments, were prized by ecclesiastical and lay patrons as the most desirable of possessions. This course will explore various aspects of medieval illuminated manuscripts up to the advent of printing. It offers students the opportunity to see, first-hand, items from the V&A’s extensive medieval collection that are not usually on view to the public.

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Course Leaders Dr Sally Dormer, Dr Catherine Yvard, with Timothy Noad

Dr Sally Dormer is a specialist medieval art historian, lecturer and V&A V&A Year Course Director with a PhD on medieval manuscript illumination. Dr Catherine Yvard is the Curator of the National Art Library Collections and Timothy Noad, is a calligrapher, illuminator and designer of coins and medals, College of Arms.

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Course Overview

Gerald of Wales, a twelfth-century chronicler, was so impressed by a manuscript he saw that he exclaimed it must have been ‘the work of an angel’. Such volumes are equally appreciated today. The materials and techniques used to produce them reveal much about the working methods of medieval craftsmen. Their texts and illustrations inform us about patterns of public worship, private devotion, intellectual pursuits, and the everyday lives and leisure interests of the men and women who commissioned and used them.

This 8 week course has a half term on the 29 May.

£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love in a group who share your passion, and enjoy guided access to the V&A collections with expert tutors and lecturers. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Short course: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

24 April 2018 - 19 June 2018

£325.00 - £399.00

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Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)