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Cambridge Illuminations Research Project

A high point of the project was The Cambridge Illuminations exhibition (26 July - 11 December 2005). Hosted by the Fitzwilliam Museum and the University Library, it displayed over 200 of the most important manuscripts in Cambridge and was accompanied by its own catalogue, The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, ed. P. Binski and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2005. The exhibition closed with a major international conference (8 - 10 December), whose proceedings were published in 2007, The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007.

Based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the project is producing a multi-volume series of catalogues of some 4000 illuminated Western manuscripts and incunabula at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. The team, led by Professor Nigel Morgan and Dr Stella Panayotova, currently includes Dr Lynda Dennison, Dr Deirdre Jackson and Azzurra Andriolo. Two parts in the series have been published so far:

  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part I: The Frankish Kingdoms, Northern Netherlands, Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, The Meuse Region and Southern Netherlands, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009
  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part II: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula, ed. N. Morgan, S. Panayotova and S. Reynolds, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2011
  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part IV: The British Isles. Volume I: Insular and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, with the assistance of Rebecca Rushforth, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2013
  • The next volume to appear in 2015 is devoted to French manuscripts c.1100-c.1250. Subsequent volumes, currently in preparation, will contain the remaining English and French manuscripts, and the illuminated incunabula.