Fragmented Illuminations Symposium

An online symposium shedding new light on the curious practice of cutting and collecting pieces from medieval and renaissance manuscripts

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Online

  • Free event

    Booking is essential.

Past Event

Did you know that the V&A holds over 2,000 cuttings from medieval and renaissance manuscripts?

This online symposium held over two afternoons will attempt to make sense of these detached leaves, cut-out initials and other ornamented snippets. Day 1 will examine the practice of collecting pieces and leaves cut from illuminated manuscripts, with a particular focus on the 19th century. Day 2 will investigate the original context of some of these cuttings, the books they came from and the artists involved.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: the event will automatically appear as sold out from Thursday 7 July at 9.30am (BST). If you would like to join beyond this time, please email Catriona Gourlay (

This symposium follows from and complements the display Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the V&A  (8 September 2021 - 26 June 2022).

To see the full programme please follow the link here.

Join us if you like jigsaw puzzles and detective stories!

Header image: Leaf (detail) from a Dominican antiphonary, Northern France or Southern Netherlands, 1st quarter of the 14th century. Museum no. 8997C © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.