Helping museums make new discoveries in illuminated manuscripts

One of the qualities that make illuminated medieval manuscripts so captivating – their colouration – is also a precious source of information. Pioneering studies using non-invasive technical analysis of illuminations are uncovering new insights into medieval materials and techniques, trade and international networks, culture and belief. Academics, curators and heritage scientists at Durham and Cambridge Universities have combined expertise to identify and analyse pigments, creating knowledge and training for specialists across the UK, as well as innovative opportunities for public exhibitions and school education programmes.

Added 21 November 2022