Medieval Manuscript Illumination / meet the manuscripts, Lincoln Cathedral
A rare opportunity to both handle medieval illuminated manuscripts and create your own illuminated letter – new dates to be set when the Wren Library re-opens in April 2018.
This day is designed for those with no previous experience of manuscript illumination. No artistic skills are required (although creativity is welcomed!) as there will be a selection of medieval designs to copy. Gold leaf will be applied flat to the page using a range of traditional and modern glues.
Timetable for the day
10am Meet at the Wren Library (please note: the Library is up a flight of stairs and there is no lift).
10 – 11am Meet the manuscripts with Julie Taylor, Cathedral Librarian. If you wish to turn the pages of these precious books please ensure that your hands are clean and non-greasy and that you are not wearing nail varnish.
11 – 11.30am Coffee / tea (included)
11.30am – 1pm An introduction to manuscript illumination with demonstration and tuition by Toni Watts, illuminator.
1 – 1.45pm Lunch break. Feel free to bring a packed lunch or purchase food from the coffee shop downstairs
1.45 – 4pm Work on your own illuminated designs. By the end of the session you should have a small completed piece to take away with you.
The Wren Library is sometimes a little chilly – it may be useful to wear an extra layer or two.
Here are a few photos from a previous workshop, taken by Cathedral Librarian Julie Taylor –