Manuscripts in the Curriculum
For anyone studying the Middle Ages, there is no substitute for hands-on experience of actual medieval manuscripts. Our way of making this happen is a unique and innovative program, “Manuscripts in the Curriculum,” which lends colleges, universities, and other educational institutions in North America a group of manuscripts during a segment of the academic year (semester, quarter, or summer session). Although public display of the manuscripts is encouraged, central to the philosophy of the new program is the integration of real manuscripts into the curriculum in courses where students can work closely with original material under the guidance of a professor.
“Manuscripts in the Curriculum,” a pilot program, began January 2017; it will conclude with the Fall semester of 2019. For a glimpse of some of the programming at participating institutions, see below “The Program in Action.” The nominal fee contributed towards the out-of-pocket expenses of the program, and covered insurance, shipping, exhibition materials (archival cradles), labels, study guides, and one-time participation of one of our specialists. One of the international specialists of Les Enluminures visited each campus during the loan period to deliver either a public lecture or an in-depth seminar. Following the visit, we offered a brief analysis of the collection, identifying its strengths and suggesting strategies for collection building tailored to the program’s needs. The original manuscripts were accompanied by study guides and full descriptions to be used at the discretion of the professor(s).
Manuscripts in the Curriculum II
This pilot program has been such a success that we have decided to continue it in a slightly revised form as “Manuscripts in the Curriculum II,” which will begin in September 2019 and run through Summer 2022. A smaller group of nine manuscripts will be available for loan, including seven representative examples of types of medieval books, and two “wild-cards,” chosen by the participating institution (a sample list of manuscript is available on the pdf below).
There is a nominal cost ($5,000) for North American institutions to contribute towards the out-of-pocket expenses of the program (with an additional fee for participating Canadian institutions for international shipping and customs). The fee covers administration, insurance, shipping, condition reports, and study guides. It is our hope that this program will encourage participating institutions to discover and implement ways that manuscripts can continue to be used creatively in their curricula.
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