So long and thanks for all the manuscripts

Well, we had an exciting weekend with our colloquium, and only two days left of the exhibition. Hart’s collection is headed home!

The colloquium was a roaring success.  We had 9 excellent papers and a fun round table. The session on collectors showed that most of the people doing these collections had educational goals in mind, and were pretty unbalanced characters as well! Our section on Hart’s manuscripts was very interesting, including a makeshift crowdsourcing paper to replace Nigel Morgan’s paper, who was unfortunately unable to attend. The final section showed first how small collections can make use of low-budget means to make themselves known, how government grants can aid in their proliferation, and finally how different artistic methods can be used to garner interest.  All three of these final papers focused on making the collections accessible to communities, and fueled the discussion for our round table, which returned to promoting Hart’s collection in Blackburn. For a very interesting blog by one of our contributors about sensory perspectives on manuscripts, please click here. Thanks also to the Bibliographical Society for helping fund travel costs for three of our postgraduate contributors!

We hardly expected to have 80 people attending our colloquium, nor 4500 hits on our blog and 2500 on our facebook page!  It seems that our goal of making Hart’s collection more well known was not out of range after all! We are extremely happy about the publicity we were able to gather for the collection and for Blackburn Museum, and hope that this is only the beginning!

With heavy harts [ahem], we watch the collection leave London and our schedules lighten😉 While the collection is headed back to London, anyone/any museum interested in hosting it should let Vinai Solanki know – everything is ready to go and would only require transport and insurance details be set up. We will keep this blog open for anyone interested in the Hart collection, and will update it infrequently should anything of interest arise, (hopefully) including a conference proceedings when PhD theses have been handed in!

with love, the Hart team, Cynthia, Sarah, Tony and Courtnay

Colloquium this Saturday!

We are getting pretty excited about the Colloquium this Saturday!

If anyone would like to register, there are still places free (including a few free student places!).  It’s looking like a great day! Free tickets can be obtained by registering for the colloquium here and the programme can be found here . Images of the various manuscripts can be seen here and here.

The colloquium will be in the Chancellor’s Hall, that’s on the first floor.  If you’d like to go up to the fourth floor before we get started to have a look at the exhibition, please do so!

By Courtnay

Exhibition Catalogue now Available

The Hart Collection Project team are excited to announce the availability of the catalogue for the exhibition “Blackburn’s ‘Worthy Citizen’: The Philanthropic Legacy of R.E. Hart”.


The catalogue includes edited content from Sarah Biggs (Courtauld Institute), Anthony Harris (University of Cambridge), Cynthia Johnston (Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study and Project Lead), and Courtnay Konshuh (University of Winchester). The catalogue has been further edited, collated and prepared by Sarah Biggs and Cynthia Johnston. As well as a comprehensive introduction to the history and content of the collection and a select bibliography, the catalogue includes detailed descriptive entries and numerous high quality images from The Peckover Psalter (MS Hart 21117), The Blackburn Psalter (MS Hart 21001), Books of Hours, Use of Sarum (MS Hart 21018 and 21040), Ars Moriendi (MS Hart 9977), Books of Hours, Use of Rome (MS Hart 20996, 20932, and 20884), Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam, Breydenbach (MS Hart 13687), and De claris mulieribus (MS Hart 20281).

There are thirty two manuscript images in the catalogue of which twenty one are in full colour and many have never been published before. The images were digitised in high-resolution at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery by the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (University of Manchester) under the supervision of Vinai Solanki (Museum Curator), and Cynthia Johnston with technical direction by Anthony Harris. The catalogue is a high quality production and is an Institute of English Studies publication (ISBN 978-0-9927257-0-9).

Anybody involved in any aspect of medieval studies, art history and manuscript studies will find the catalogue an indispensable resource as well as an essential companion to the exhibition which can now be found on the fourth floor of the Senate House Library. Catalogues can be purchased online from the School of Advanced Study shop.

Tony Harris

Colloquium details!

The details for the colloquium have now been finalised!

The first 25 students to register will attend for free; thereafter it’s £10 per person which will include lunch, coffee and the wine reception afterwards. What a deal!

To register, please click this link:

Here is a pdf of the programme.

If you are presenting or part of the round table, you don’t need to register at all.

By Courtnay

Exhibition Poster

This poster gives details of the exhibition of a select number of manuscripts and incunabula from the Hart collection, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition will be held in the Goldsmith’s Library Reading Room, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU from 8th – 28th November 2013.

Please feel free to print this out and hang it up in your institutions!  We would really appreciate your help getting the word out!

Blackburn poster 10.10.13 Small.PDF