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Words to be Seen, Images to be Read

September 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Words to be Seen, Images to be Read – The Forms and Functions of Medieval Manuscript Illumination

By Professor Michelle Brown 1

Michelle is one of the leading experts of Medieval Manuscripts. She was the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and Professor of Manuscript Studies at the University of London. Prof Brown has written many books, features on TV and Radio and lectures worldwide.

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With an engaging style Michelle presents a fascinating topic with good humour. As a result the lectures are engaging and captivating, appealing to a wide audience.

The illustrated talk will look at the styles and purpose of manuscript illumination. She will Examine the wider historical and cultural context and the effect of the manuscripts on the Arts. How the manuscripts affect architecture, sculpture, metal work and stained glass.

Manuscripts connected to Shrewsbury and the local area will be featured, including the historical works of Orderic Vitalis.

Orderic was born in Shropshire in 1075. He was the boy prodigy of Shrewsbury Abbey. He chronicled the Norman takeover of Britain in detail.

Before the lecture at 1.30pm Nigel Pursey will give a demonstration of the renovated/completed Hill through organ music based on plainchants – with Mike Sheehan (bass) singing the plainchant verses.




September 18
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Shrewsbury Abbey
25 Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6BS United Kingdom