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Paper is central to the histories of written communication and the transmission of knowledge. This talk will discuss the pre-modern and pre-printing transformative legacy of paper as a material.

Recent publications and media interest have demonstrated the urgency of getting to grips with paper, at a historical moment that feels like a turning point in our relations with it. This talk will explore the technological innovation that paper brought about in pre-modern Britain, focusing on medieval handwritten culture and, more broadly, on the literary and non-literary culture of the period. After the talk, there will be an opportunity for audience members to have a close-up look at some medieval paper manuscripts from the University Library's collection.

Free event. Suitable for ages 15+. Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Fully booked.

Location: 
Cambridge University Library
Date: 
Tuesday, 24 October, 2017
Time: 
17.30-18.30
Audience: 
ALL WELCOME
Booking: 
Booking required