Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

The Paper Manuscript

A colloquium on the use of paper in hand- made books in Ireland and around the world.

The continuity of the Irish manuscript tradition is one of the remarkable stories of Irish heritage and culture. Irish literature was transmitted virtually exclusively in hand-made books from early Christian times until the proliferation of the printed word in Irish at the end of the 19th century. For 1,000 years (c. 600AD – 1600) this literature was generated, copied and transmitted by professional scholars, and the material they used for their books was mainly calf-skin or vellum. With the final conquest of Ireland in the 17th century, the support-systems for professional scholarship came to an end. From then until the end of the 19th century, literature was created and disseminated by part-time scholars. While a trickle of paper manuscripts is found from the late 15th century onwards, after 1600 the writing material is exclusively paper. Though outnumbering vellum manuscripts by a factor of ten, Irish paper manuscripts have always been a secondary consideration relative to their more illustrious vellum antecedents. This colloquium seeks to re-focus attention on these precious paper artefacts, and to do so in the context of the paper traditions of other countries.

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Location: Creative Zone, Boole Library
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Pádraig Ó Macháin

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