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Programme: The Many Lives of Medieval Manuscripts Symposium

30th November – 1st December 2023

Trinity Long Room Hub

Note: Due to popular demand we have released one final small batch of tickets – sign up here!

Thursday 30th November

All events will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub unless otherwise stated.

14.00-15.00 Registration

15.00-15.10 Welcome address

Session 1: The Manuscripts for Medieval Studies Project; 15.10-16.20

15.10-15.40 Estelle Gittins (Curatorial lead) and Dr Claire McNulty (Postdoctoral Research Fellow): Introduction to the Project and Overview of Manuscripts Digitised. 

15.40-15.55 Angelica Anchisi: Conservator, TCD. Paper: ‘Conserving Medieval Manuscripts in the Library’s Collection’. 

15.55-16.10 Caroline Harding: Senior Digital Photographer, TCD. Paper: ‘The Perks of Digitising Medieval Manuscripts: Reflections on Strategy, Challenges and Techniques’.

16.10-16.20 Questions & Contingency

16.20-16.40 Tea & Coffee

16.40-17.20 Keynote – Professor James Clark: Professor of History, Exeter. Paper: ‘The Miracles of Matthew Paris‘.

17.20-17.45 Questions & Contingency

Friday 1st December

Session 1: Manuscript Lifecycles; 9.00-10.30

09.00-09.10 Welcome & Housekeeping

09.10-09.30 Dr Niamh Pattwell: Associate Professor, School of English, Drama, and Film, UCD. Paper: ‘Sixteenth-Century Heralds: Guardians of the Manuscripts’ (TCD MS 505). 

09.30-09.50 Dr Ann Buckley: Medieval History Research Centre, TCD. Paper: ‘The Many Lives of the Medieval Liturgy: The Relevance of the Carnegie Digitisation Project for Irish and Insular Studies’. 

09.50-10.10 Fiona Baldwin: PhD Candidate, School of Music, UCD. Paper: ‘Dates, Doodles, and Deaths: Fresh Perspectives on Dublin’s Medieval Literati’ (TCD MS 79). 

10.10-10.30 Questions & Contingency

10.30-11.00 Tea & Coffee

Session 2: Psalters & Books of Hours; 11.00-12.30

11.00-11.20 Dr Laura Cleaver: Senior Lecturer in Manuscript Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Paper: ‘TCD MS 93: Digitisation and the Potential of Linked Open Data’.

11.20-11.40 Dr Claire McNulty: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, TCD. Paper: ‘Mirrors, Morality, and the Virgin Mary: TCD MS 103’. 

11.40-12.00 Professor Ruth Mazo Karras: Lecky Professor of History, TCD. Paper: ‘The Holy Acrobat in the Beatus Initial, TCD MS 53’.

12.00-12.30 Questions & Contingency

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Session 3: Chronicles & Chance Encounters; 14.00-15.00

14.00-14.20 Conor McDonough: OP, St Saviour’s Priory, Dublin 1. Paper: ‘TCD MS 667: A Manuscript to Change Lives’.

14.20-14.40 Dr David Woodman: Associate Professor and Fellow in History, Robinson College, Cambridge. Paper: ‘John of Worcester’s Chronicula: TCD MS 503’.

14.40-15.00 Questions & Contingency

15.00-15.10 Tea & Coffee

Session 4: Digital Methods: Beyond 2022, Searobend & Transkribus; 15.10-16.30

15.10-15.30 Dr Peter Crooks: Department of History; Academic Director, Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland (virtualtreasury.ie). Paper: ‘No Good Deed Goes Unpunished? Trinity’s Dublin Deeds and The Case for a Meta-Collection’.

15.30-15.50 Dr Mark Faulkner: Ussher Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature, TCD and Elisabetta Magnanti: PhD Candidate, University of Vienna. Paper: ‘Using AI to Transcribe Trinity’s Manuscripts’. 

15.50-16.10 Dr Colleen Curran: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Galway and Dr Lucy McKenna: Postdoctoral Researcher, TCD. Paper: ‘The Searobend Project: Digitising the Resources’. 

16.10-16.30 Questions & Contingency

16.30 Closing Remarks