This study day offers an in-depth experience of the exhibitions taking place this summer at St Albans Museum + Gallery and St Albans Cathedral.

The morning offers an introduction to illuminated manuscripts from both before and after the Conquest. We will look at how they were planned and the difficulties faced by the scribes, some of whom complained bitterly in writing. The Correct Text was important so errors had to be righted, sometimes delightfully. Throughout the morning, there is a theme of how the books were used, whether as sacred vessels for God’s Word or as memory joggers for day-dreaming monks. You may be surprised by how much we know about the men and women who made them who, despite their breath-taking skill, were humans too.

After lunch (not provided), you have a chance to take a self-guided visit to the Cathedral’s exhibition. The afternoon then focuses particularly on the manuscripts created in St Albans, with a talk from St Albans Museum + Gallery’s Curator, David Thorold, about the exhibition. Attendees can then visit the Museum’s exhibition, where David will be on hand to answer any questions.

Attendees can join in-person for the whole day, or online for the 3 talks.


Lecturer: Imogen Corrigan, Medieval Historian

Curator: David Thorold, St Albans Museum + Gallery

Date: Wednesday 11th August, 10am – c.3.30pm

Cost:  £30 (in person)   £15 (online only with no tour)

Venue: Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral & Online via Zoom

If restrictions proceed as planned, the morning will take place in the Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral, and the afternoon will take place at St Albans Museum + Gallery. Advised physical distancing measures will be in place as appropriate. Lunch is not provided, but you are warmly encouraged to make use of the excellent cafes at either venue. Attendees are also welcome to join online, but will not be able to enjoy the exhibitions themselves. Please select how you will be attending when you choose your tickets.

Joining on Zoom on the day

Instructions for joining the talk will be sent via email the day before the event. If you have not received these please email us. 

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How to Book

You can book online here using the button below, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets will be on sale until 12.00 the day before the event. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book.