The Wandering Word: the travels of insular manuscripts

Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute


Thursday 5th May

12.30 -13.45: Registration

1.45-2.00: Welcome by Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist

2.00-3.30: Session 1:

Susie Bioletti and Allyson Smith: Shining a light on the pigments of early Irish manuscripts.

John Gillis and Marco Di Bella: Challenges and Choices: The Conservation of four Early Irish Manuscripts

William Endres: Digitally across time: Generating knowledge from 125 years of photographs of the St Chad Gospels


4.00-5.30: Session 2:

Carol Farr: Reused, rescued, recycled: Art historical contexts of the Irish fragments, St Gall Codex 1395

Rachel Moss: Itinerant Iconography: Following the strands of the Garland of Howth

Michelle Brown: Hagiography or History? Medieval Approaches to Establishing Origin and Provenance for Insular Copies of Scripture

5.30: Reception

Friday 6th May

9.00-10.30: Session 3:

Bernard Meehan: The Book of Mulling: Bindings and ‘Blurrings’

Paul Mullarkey: Keeping our Word: The Book Shrines of Dimma and Mulling and their Relationship with other Manuscripts, Covers and Shrines.

Heather Pulliam: Breast-hoard: Carrying the Word of God


11.00 – 12.30: Session 4

Timothy O’Neill: Initial wanderings

Francis Newton: Unstudied Fragments of a Latin Gospel Book in Insular Half-Uncial

Mark Stansbury: Wandering hands: Usserianus Primus and the movements of scripts


1.30-3.30: Session 5

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín: The Earliest Echternach Liturgical Manuscript Fragments: Irish or Anglo-Saxon?

David Dumville: A lifelong dedication?: A Gaelic scholar and his pet manuscript in Carolingian Europe

Joanna Story: Insular Manuscripts: Continental Connections

3.30-5.00: Exhibition viewing

Saturday 7th May

9.30-5.30: Trip to St Mullin’s, Castledermot and Moone

Can’t wait to hear more?  Read the paper abstracts here.

The conference organisers wish to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

Trinity Association and Trust