28/10/2011 - Permalink

Making the medieval book event in Shrewsbury

Related topics: Leisure, culture and heritage

A fascinating insight into the creation of medieval books will be revealed by Dr Brian H Davies at the Friends of Shropshire Archives annual lecture on Tuesday 8 November 2011.

The Friends of Shropshire Archives arrange a varied programme of events across the county to support the work of Shropshire Council’s Shropshire Archives.  They also support the service through volunteer help and fundraising.

Dr Davies’ fully illustrated talk will describe the materials and methods used in the production of beautifully-coloured medieval books, including the use of inks, paper and parchment.

Dr Davies’ main career was in chemistry, and it was the study of dyes and pigments that led to his research into books and manuscripts.  The lecture will present fresh insights into the production of these wonderful and unique survivals from medieval times.

The lecture will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 8 November at Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.  Tickets cost £5 and places are still available.

Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, said:

“This event offers a fantastic introduction into the art of making these beautiful historic books.  Definitely one to put in your diary.”

Andrew Bannerman, Shropshire Councillor for Quarry and Coton Hill, said:

“Shropshire Archives does superb work in maintaining and developing a wonderful resource bank – they are the chief guardians of our history.   So by attending this lecture you will be supporting their work as well as having a delightful evening.”

For further details and to book a place please contact Mrs Pat Kiernan on 01952 252814 or emailing patk1@blueyonder.co.uk