Lecture: Hidden Hands: the Secret Lives of Manuscript Makers and Owners

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and on Zoom

Speakers: Dr Mary Wellesley

Disgruntled scribes, protective owners, artists interrupted – in this lecture, Mary Wellesley will trace the stories of the people who made, loved and sometimes destroyed mediaeval manuscripts, which are some of the most engaging artefacts ever made by human hands.

Dr Mary Wellesley is a writer and historian, who teaches courses on medieval language and literature as part of the British Library‘s adult learning programme She studied English literature at Oxford University before completing her PhD at University College London while working in the department of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library. Her book, Hidden Hands: the lives of Manuscripts and their Makers, was published in October 2021. It was chosen as one of the history books of the year by both The Times and BBC History Magazine.

Attendance is free to members; £5 for non-members.

This talk is available at our usual venue, Marlborough Road Methodist Church, and is also being live-streamed on Zoom . To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.

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