1 December 2017 - 22 April 2018
Weston Library, Oxford
This exhibition illustrates the graphic design of handwritten manuscripts and inscriptions for the first thousand years of English, across the Middle Ages.
Showcasing the Bodleian Library's rich holdings of medieval manuscripts in English, ranging from Old English picture books or notes scratched into herbals, through fragments of medieval songs scribbled on spare pages, to masterpieces framed with illustrations and gold, or new page designs for practical tasks, such as manuals for handling swans. It will cover the experiences of both the makers and the users of writing: how craftspeople planned and made books, and how readers responded to their designs.
To show the likeness to modern craft, Designing English will be shown for the first two months alongside Redesigning the medieval book: a display of contemporary book arts inspired by the exhibition, through a workshop and competition.
1 December 2017 - 11 March 2018
Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
A display of newly created artist's books inspired by medieval manuscripts.
The books on display will be taken from a recent competition which invited contemporary bookbinders, papermakers, calligraphers, illustrators, graphic designers, hand press printers and other artists to submit their designs. The winner and a selection of entries will be on display in Blackwell Hall to run alongside the exhibition Designing English.