Manuscript Exhibition: Discovering Exeter's Written Heritage

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:50am
From Medieval Manuscripts to 'Calligraffiti': Discovering Exeter's Written Heritage.

An exhibition of medieval and modern books and book-making running from Tuesday 23rd October until Sunday 4th November in the Chapel of St James.

This exhibition explores Devon's written heritage from the earliest medieval manuscripts kept in the Cathedral Library and Special Collections at the University of Exeter, through the dawn of printing and early printed books, to modern calligraphy and the arrival of the e-book and Kindle.

In addition, the exhibition features artwork created by local Devon schoolchildren inspirired by manuscript calligraphy and by the art of 'calligraffiti'.

'Calligraffiti' is a fusion of calligraphy and graffiti created by Dutch artist Niels 'Shoe' Meulman or as he puts it, 'traditional handwriting with a metropolitan attitude'.

A film commissioned for the exhibition from local firm Cricklepit Media will show medieval manuscripts up close, punctuated by short sound bytes from academics and curators, as well as demonstrating the art of modern calligraphy.

Calligraffiti activities for children and families take place in the Chapter House on Monday 29th October and Tuesday 30th October, included in the cathedral admission price.

Up Close manuscript sesssions take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 31st October in the Cathedral Library.

Please contact for more information.

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Event Date

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:45am to Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 11:45am