The Art of Writing and Manuscript Production
This project is producing new research to investigate our extensive collection of artefacts that illustrate this fascinating theme. Finds, found in York, that are being explored include:
- A clockmaker seal matrix from 62-68 Petergate.
- Seal matrices from Bedern, Fishergate, Aldwark and Rawcliffe.
- Papal bullae from St. Leonards, All Saints Peasholme Green and Haymarket.
- Parchment prickers, styli and lead points from Swinegate, Fishergate. Coppergate, Tower Street, Bishophill Senior and Bedern.
- Book clasps and mounts from Bedern and Fishergate.
- Wax tablets from Swinegate.
A new exhibition at Barley Hall will ultimately display the collection of objects and reveal how they were involved in document, manuscript and book production and care. The project also aims to reveal who was literate in the medieval period? How dominant was the church in this period? Do we know if the owners of seal matrices – some of whom were craftspeople – would have been literate and who wrote on the wax tablets?