Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms Two-Day Ticket

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Showcasing the latest research on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

This ticket is for the International Conference only, on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December

Two-day and three-day tickets are now sold out. One-day tickets are available for the Early Career Researchers’ Symposium on Saturday 15 December.

To coincide with the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, the Library is holding a two-day international academic conference with papers by leading scholars in the fields of history, literature and art history. 

This multidisciplinary, international event will re-evaluate the roles and uses of writing, manuscripts and inscribed objects in early medieval England and beyond, during a period when uses of writing and writing technologies changed and expanded considerably. Papers will cover libraries and readers, objects inscribed in runes, highly illuminated manuscripts, literary manuscripts and documentary writing up to Domesday Book. The papers will place the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in wider geographical, cultural and political contexts. The conference will begin with a keynote lecture on ‘The European context of manuscript illumination in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, 600–900’, given by Lawrence Nees, and will conclude with a second keynote lecture on ‘Exon Domesday, the English and the Normans’, by Julia Crick.

The conference will also include a private view of the exhibition and lunches will be provided.

Thursday 13 December 08.45 registration / 09.25 start / 18.00 reception and private view
Friday 14 December 9.00 start / 17.15 finish

Keynote speakers

Lawrence Nees, Professor of Medieval Art, University of Delaware
The European Context of Manuscript Illumination in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, 600–900

Julia Crick, Professor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, Kings College London
'English Scribal Culture in an Age of Conquest, 900–1100’


Sue Brunning, Curator: Early Medieval European Insular Collections, The British Museum
‘Saying Things: Anglo-Saxon Inscribed Objects in the British Museum’

Richard Gameson, Professor of the History of the Book, University of Durham
‘Copying Scripture at Wearmouth-Jarrow’

Helen Gittos, Associate Professor, Colyer-Fergusson Fellow and Tutor in Early Medieval History, University of Oxford
‘Canterbury’s Role in the Dissemination of Liturgical Rites in Later Anglo-Saxon England’

Michael Gullick, Independent Researcher
‘Across the North Sea: Anglo-Saxon Liturgical Manuscripts in Norway and Sweden’

David Johnson, Professor of English, Florida State University
‘The Transmission and Reception of Alfredian ‘Apocrypha’’

Catherine Karkov, Chair of Art History, University of Leeds
‘Negotiating Difference in the Wonders of the East’

Simon Keynes, Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Cambridge
‘The Canterbury Letter-Book’

Rosalind Love, Reader in Insular Latin, University of Cambridge
‘Back into Bede’s Library’

Rosamond McKitterick, Professor, Fellow in History and Keeper of Manuscripts and Archives, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
‘Links with Rome and the Franks in the Light of Some Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts’

Bernard Meehan, Trinity Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
‘The Corpus-Otho-Royal / Cambridge-London / Parker-Cotton-Wolsey Gospels’

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Professor of History NUI–Galway
‘Durham A.II.10 — The Original Lindisfarne Gospels?’

Andy Orchard, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Oxford
‘The Uniqueness of Beowulf’

Susan Rankin, Professor of Medieval Music, University of Cambridge
‘A Fleury Model for Singing at Winchester’

Winfried Rudolf, Professor for Medieval English Language and Literature, University of Göttingen
‘The Return of the Vercelli Book: New Observations on Its Italian Provenance’

Joanna Story, Professor of Early Medieval History, University of Leicester
‘Insular Art and Script in Carolingian Europe’

Francesca Tinti, Ikerbasque Research Professor, University of the Basque Country
‘Anglo-Saxon Travellers and their Books’

Elaine Treharne, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, Stanford University
‘Post-Conquest Old English Manuscripts from a Distance’

Immo Warntjes, Ussher Assistant Professor in Early Medieval Irish History, Trinity College Dublin
‘Willibrord: Harbinger of the Carolingian Renaissance’

Teresa Webber, University Reader in Palaeography, University of Cambridge
‘The lector and lectio in Anglo-Saxon England’

Jon Wilcox, Professor of English, University of Iowa
‘The Wolf Howls Twice: Wulfstan’s Writing and Scribal Repetition’

We are very grateful to the donors who are generously supporting the conference and symposium:

The Polonsky Foundation

Patrick Donovan

The Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections

Past & Present Society Postgraduate Fund

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Name: Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms Two-Day Ticket
Where: Knowledge Centre
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Price: Student: Two Days : £20.00
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