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Fragments of note: the afterlives of medieval manuscripts

When Nov 23, 2017 09:00 AM to
Apr 19, 2018 05:00 PM
Where Magdalene College, Oxford
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“Fragments of note: the afterlives of medieval manuscripts” will examine the numerous medieval manuscript fragments held at Magdalen, largely medieval books that have been dismantled in the early modern period and re-used as binding waste or covers. The main exhibition will take a particular focus on fragments featuring musical notation and will be complemented by a selection of contemporary watercolour, collage, and paper-pulp relief works by fine artist Janet Boulton.

The exhibition, co-curated by Dr. Giovanni Varelli (Prize Fellow in Music at Magdalen) and Mr. Daryl Green (Librarian), will run until April 19th 2018, and is open to both College and University members, and the general public, each Thursday afternoon from 2–4.30pm.

The exhibition is housed in the College’s Old Library, accessible via the Cloisters. Members of the public will need to pay the standard entrance fee in order to view the exhibition; members of Oxford University can gain entrance by showing their University Card at the Lodge.

We’re also pleased to announce four accompanying talks:

20 November 2017, 5:30pm – Old Library: Grand Opening, with remarks from co-curators Dr. Giovanni Varelli and Mr. Daryl Green.

22 January 2018. 5:30pm – Summer Common Room: in conversation with Janet Boulton, fine artist, and lute recital of the Magdalen lute fragments by Dr. Linda Sayce.

26 February 2018, 5:30pm – Summer Common Room: Dr. David Rundle (Corpus Christi College, Oxford), “Pastimes with Pastedowns: Neil Ker, father of fragment studies”.

9 April 2018, 5:30pm – Summer Common Room: Dr. Christopher de Hamel (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge), “Philip Bliss and Sir Thomas Phillipps and manuscript fragments from Magdalen College”.

All talks are open to the public, but advance booking is essential.

Please RSVP for any of the above to