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An International Conference organised by the Fitzwilliam Museum
in association with the Departments of Chemistry and History of Art,
University of Cambridge (UK)

with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

and the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections


Dates: 8-10 December 2016

Venue: Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EW (map)


The conference will accompany the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary exhibition COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts (30 July – 30 December 2016).


This interdisciplinary conference will aim to break new ground in integrating recent advances in the art historical and technical analyses of illuminated manuscripts with research in social and intellectual history.  While Western illuminated manuscripts from the 6th to the 16th centuries will form a major focus of discussion, the conference will also include papers on Byzantine, Islamic and Pre-Columbian material.


The conference programme is available here.


Conference delegates are advised to book their own accommodation in advance. Information about accommodation in Cambridge is available at and Any other queries about the conference should be directed to 



To register for the conference, please click here.


Call for posters

Poster contributions are welcome on subjects within the scope of the conference. We particularly welcome abstracts submitted by students and early-career researchers.

Authors are requested to submit abstracts no later than 30 June 2016, using the template available here. Please send your abstracts to .

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contribution by 15 September 2016.

Abstracts of all accepted contributions will be published in the Book of Abstracts that will be distributed to all participants during registration.

Posters will be mounted throughout the duration of the conference. Poster panels are suitable for A0 size (90 cm in width and 120 cm in height). Mounting materials will be provided.