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.

medieval manuscript illumination workshop lincoln cathedral

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 –

Medival manuscript illumination Lincoln Cathedral
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