1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Image credit: Medieval Touch: the fifth sense inscribed on parchment Trinity MS 0.7.16, fol 47r. The Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge

Join us for a three-way online conversation with specialists in Manuscripts and Printed Books as they reflect on the importance of touch in the making and conserving of medieval manuscripts, and how medieval readers themselves left traces – devout and destructive - of their touch.

Speakers: Suzanne Reynolds, Sara Oberg Stradal and Edward Cheese.

This online talk is linked to our upcoming exhibition: The Human Touch.


About The Human Touch

Touch is our first sense. Through touch we make art, stake a claim to what we own and those we love, express our faith, our belief, our anger. Touch is how we leave our mark and find our place in the world; touch is how we connect.

Drawing on works of art spanning four thousand years and from across the globe, this exhibition explores the fundamental role of touch in human experience, and offers new ways of looking.

The curators explore anatomy and skin; the relationship between the brain, hand, and creativity; touch, desire and possession; ideological touch; reverence and iconoclasm. A final section collects a range of reflections, historic and contemporary, on touch.

This exploration of our most fundamental sense is urgent, timely and resonant.