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Manuscript Monday: 2018-2019 Sandars Lectures with Will Noel

The Sandars Readership in Bibliography is an annual lecture series given at Cambridge University. The Reader for this year’s lectures, the 2018-2019 series, was Dr. Will Noel, Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies. The three lectures were held at the McCrum Lecture Theatre at Corpus Christi College in March 2019 and their topic was the medieval manuscript and its digital image.

The Medieval Manuscript and its Digital Image
Digital reproductions are indispensable to the study and publication of the medieval book in the twenty-first century. These lectures explored the relationship between manuscript pages and digital images, and between physical collections and digital ones. They examined the importance of interfaces in shaping audience and inquiry, and the potential of tools to aid in the archaeology of the medieval book.

The lectures argued that rather than attempting to recreate the medieval book in a virtual environment, institutions would better serve the field by presenting datasets that can be mined by users, taking advantage of the user’s skills, knowledge and imagination to embed institutional collections in twenty-first century cultural life. – Will Noel

Lecture One, March 11, 2019


Lecture Two, March 12, 2019

Lecture Three, March 13, 2019


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Dr. Will Noel, on the Physical Collation of Manuscripts

Dr. Will Noel, director of the Kislak Special Collections Center for Rare Books & Manuscripts and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Library, speaking at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting, September 21, 2013, on the physical collation of manuscripts. Visit the Rare Book School Global Digital Library Symposium at http://www.rarebookschool.org/globaldigitallibraries/ .