Cambridge Illuminations Research Project

The project, which began in 2003 with a three-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and continued with a one-year grant from the Modern Humanities Research Association (2007), is now supported entirely by a private sponsor.

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:

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