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Meet the Medieval Manuscripts

Welcoming manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance Era to the University of Guelph

Join us for a rare opportunity to look at nine original manuscripts from the Middle Ages. On January 14, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., we invite you to our Archival & Special Collections Reading Room to experience these unique artifacts. These historical manuscripts are on loan to the library until May 20, 2020 from Les Enluminures — a firm that holds the largest inventory of text manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Era. The illuminated artifacts on loan to U of G include a Bible, a Psalter, a Book of Hours, a Breviary, a Book of the Dead, a Confessional, and more.

The McLaughlin Library was selected as one of four successful candidates in acquiring the loan of these nine illuminated artifacts. The manuscripts will be used in nine undergraduate and graduate courses at U of G during the winter 2020 semester. Students enrolled in these courses have the opportunity to work with the manuscripts and apply what they learn as a part of an integrated experiential learning strategy.

The Archival & Special Collections team is responsible for the development, curation, and preservation of unique collections. They collect, preserve, arrange, and describe U of G’s special, rare, and archival information resources making them accessible to all.

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This article was updated on January 20, 2020.