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November | Tue 28th | 18:00

Books on Tyne - Buried Alive! Books unearthered in our time. £3

This lecture tells three stories of extraordinary ancient books that were lost for centuries, deliberately buried underground:

  • Thirteen papyrus books were discovered in a clay pot in Egypt in 1945.
  • St Cuthbert’s Gospel was buried with Cuthbert when he died in 692 and acquired for the nation in 2005.
  • The Fadden More Psalter, one of the earliest surviving British manuscripts was found in a peat bog in Tipperary in 2005.

The various reasons for their burial, and the occasions of their discovery will be revealed.

Michael teaches bookbinding at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.  In recent years he has been researching the structures of ancient and medieval bindings.

Lecture in association with the Society of Bookbinders.

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