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Surrey Network Study Day – Illuminated Manuscripts of the Medieval Period – Imogen Corrigan

22 April @ 09:30 16:00


Imogen has a wide-ranging interest in medieval history which covers some 1,000 years and a geographical area from western Ireland to Constantinople, with an especial focus on ideas travelling and how the medieval mind-set might be examined through the art and artefacts left behind. This talk will be on Medieval Manuscripts and Imogen will be bringing copies of nineteen of the most beautiful manuscripts to illustrate the talk and these are listed on the last page of the booking form.

9.30 Registration
10.00 Lighting the Subject: Illuminated Manuscripts – An introduction to illuminated manuscripts of both pre- and post-Conquest periods. Throughout the lecture, there is a theme of how the books were
used, whether as sacred vessels for The Word or as memory joggers for day-dreaming monks.
11.00 Coffee / Tea
11.30 The Men behind the Pen: the Life of the Scribe in the Middle Ages This considers briefly how they were made and planned and the difficulties faced by the scribes, some of whom complained bitterly in writing.
12.30 Lunch – Bring-Your-Own – Tea / Coffee available
1.30 The Lindisfarne Gospels This famous book was made around AD700 for distinctly political reasons that were closely connected to the fall-out from the Synod of Whitby and the struggle for survival by the once powerful community at Lindisfarne.
2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 The Luttrell Psalter This is a 14th century book of psalms known for its scenes of daily life and monsters romping cheerfully amongst saints.
4.00 Departure

Speaker – Imogen Corrigan spent over 19 years in the army, retiring in the rank of Major at the end of 1994. She subsequently went to the University of Kent to study Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History, graduating with 1st Class Honours. Later she gained an MPhil from the University of Birmingham. She is now a freelance lecturer for the Arts Society, U3As, ACE Cultural Tours and numerous other agencies. Her first book was published in 2019 (Stone on Stone: the men who built the cathedrals). She is Freeman of the Company of Communicators and have the Freedom of the City of London.

For full information please see the BOOKING FORM


22 April
09:30 – 16:00
Event Category:


Ian Funnell

The Menuhin Hall

Cobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey KT11 3QQ, + Google Map