Online Conference: Care and conservation of manuscripts, University of Copenhagen, 14-16 April 2021

The 18th seminar on the Care and conservation of manuscripts will be held virtually from the 14th to the 16th of April 2021. Please note all times are in Copenhagen Time (CET).

The seminar is an international, interdisciplinary seminar which aim is to bring together conservators, librarians, archivists, scholar, curators and others who work with manuscripts and early printed books in any capacity.

Registration for the seminar is now open – please follow this link 

For further information, please contact Ragnheiður Mósesdóttir the seminar co-ordinator.

Participation is free of charge.

Find out more information here.

Conference Programme

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Opening of the conference (10:45–10:55)

Session 1 (11:00-12:30)

  • Vasarė Rastonis, Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir and Jiří Vnouček: The conservation of Flateyjarbók
  • Silvia Hufnagel, Vasarė Rastonis and Robert Fuchs: Paper trails in Iceland: Taking hyperspectral images of watermarks in paper in Icelandic collections
  • Élodie Lévêque, Matthew David Teasdale, Morten Tange Olsen, Sarah Fiddyment, Maiken Hemme Bro-Jørgensen, Claire Chahine and Matthew Collins: Biocodicology as an aid to locating the origin of materials: Investigation into the use of sealskins on manuscripts in the 12th and 13th centuries

Session 2A (12:45-14:15)

  • Katarzyna Schirmacher, Julia BispinckRossbacher and Christine Theuerkauf-Rietz: Precious and brittle: Conservation and research on the late medieval prayer book of Mary of Guelders
  • Ariane Langreder: The challenges of a Romanesque re-binding: The Psalter of St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Andrew Honey: Winchester’s binder: Beatrice Forder at work 1947-1948

Session 2B (12:45-14:15)

  • Ekaterina Nosova, Ilona Teplouhova, Elena Shepilova, Julia Baskakova and Dmitriy Weber: Pigments of Western European wax seals: Norms and exceptions
  • Alessandro Scola: Conserving and preserving a 15th-century Italian antiphonary: Nontraditional binding conservation techniques and an innovative all-in-one housing, display and moving device
  • Athanasios Velios: St. Catherine’s conditionsurvey: Considerations for linked data

Session 3A (14:30-16:00)

  • Sarah Fiddyment and Matthew Teasdale: Biocodicology by numbers: How to? How many? How much?
  • Laura Viñas Caron, Ismael Rodríguez, Vladimir Vilde, Natasha Fazlic, Jiri Vnoucek, Matthew Collins: (Bio)codicological investigation of a medieval palimpsest: The Arnamagnæan manuscript AM 795 4to.
  • Tuuli Kasso and Matthew Collins: ArcHives: Biomolecular record of bees in medieval sealing wax

Session 3B (14:30-16:00)

  • Marlen Börngen, Bert Jacek, Maike Linden and Andrea Pataki-Hundt: Naumburger choir books: Oversized wooden-board conservation
  • Katherine Beaty and Kelli Piotrowski: From Florence to Rome: Conserving Italian stationery bindings at Harvard University
  • Patricia Engel and Andreas Gamerith: Care and conservation in Zwetti Cistercian monastery

Session 4A (16:15-17:45)

  • José María Pérez Fernández: Colombina 5-3-25, or how Hernando Colón processed information for his catalogues
  • Guy Lazure: Before Denmark: The Sevillian roots of the Arnamagnæan collection of Spanish manuscripts
  • Edward Wilson-Lee: Dehydrate, duplicate, distil: Preserving the Universal Library

Session 4B (16:15-17:45)

  • Nurçin Kural Özgörüş and Başak Emir: Recovery and conservation of the library collection in Virgin Mary Church of the Syriac community in Mardin, Turkey
  • Claudia Benvestito, Alberto Campagnolo and Stefanos Kaklamais: Archaelogical investigations into Code Marcianus Gr. VII, 22: Reconstruction its manufacture and structure
  • Tamar Abuladze: Georgian manuscripts on parchment from the Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts: Perspectives of interdisciplinary study

Session 5 (18:00-19:00)

  • N. Kıvılcım Yavuz: The missing piece of Hernando Colón’s library: Copenhagen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, AM 377 fol.
  • Matthew Driscoll, Matilde Malaspina, Alessandro Gnasso and Joana-Isabel Duyster Borredà: The Book of books: Hernando Colón’s Libro de los epitomes

Thursday 15 April 2021

Session 6A (11:00-12:30)

  • Per Cullhed: B68: Riddles and revelations
  • Lieve Watteeuw and Marina Van Bos: A manuscript for the head: The 13th-century illuminated parchment mitre of Jacques de Vitry
  • Morgane Plateau: Conservation treatment of the illuminated ancestor-table of “Josse de Lalaing”, knight of the Golden Fleece

Session 6B (11:00-12:30)

  • Gaia Petrella: ESTENSE Digital Library: Preparing materials for digitisation
  • Aida Nunes: Storing an oversized Museau de Lisboa textile banner collection
  • Silvia Pugliese, Sara Gottoli, Michael B. Toth and William Christens-Barry: The 3½ foot Marciana celestial globe of Coronelli, 1689: Scientific investigation and conservation

Session 7A (12:45-14:15)

  • Amélie Courvrat Desvergnes: Book culture in North-western India: An insight into the production of handwritten and graphic documents in the 19th century
  • Ina Fröhlich: An illuminated Egyptian manuscript from the 17th century: Codicology, ink and copper corrosion, conservation
  • Marleena Vihakara and Anna Aaltonen: Conservation of Coptic parchment fragments and a bifolium from a private collection

Session 7B (12:45-14:15)

  • Penelope Banou and Angeliki Stassinou: Letters Patent for the establishment of Roman Catholic Church confraternities in 17th-century Greece: Typology, materials and aspects of preservation
  • Paul Hepworth: An Islamic treasure binding and its conservation
  • Cécile Brossard: Original decorated remnants under a 16th-century Syriac re-binding

Session 8A (14:30-16:00)

  • Christa Hofmann, Sophie Rabitsch, Maurizio Aceto, Antonia Malissa, Katharina Uhlir and Martina Griesser: The miniatures of the manuscript The Vienna Genesis: A study of pigments and painters
  • Dan Paterson and Alan Haley: The conservation and digitization of 41 volumes of the Yongle Dadian, a Ming Dynasty era encylopedia at the Library of Congress
  • J.D. Sargan, Aleandra Gillespie and Jessica Lockhart: Manuscript ghosts: Uncovering early manuscript structures via MicroCT

Session 8B (14:30-16:00)

  • Mary French: Honouring the past while preparing for the future: Conservation of a 15thcentury manuscript on the life on St. Augustine
  • Grace Touzel: Lepidochromy at the Natural History Museum (London): Butterfly wings as a printing medium
  • Chantal Kobel: Revisiting the codicology of the Book of Ballycummin (RIA MS 23 N 10), a medieval Irish manuscript

Session 9 (16:15-18:00)

  • Aniko Bezur, Richard Hark, Marie-France Lemay, Pablo Londero, Marcie Wiggins, Paula Zyats, Sarah Fiddyment and Matthew Teasdale: The Ongoing Story of the Vinland Map and related manuscripts: New Analyses, New Evidence, Part I and Part II
  • Laurianne Robinet, Lucie Arberet, Stéphane Lecouteu, Anne Michelin, Véronique Rouchon, Sylvie Heu-Thao and Oulfa Belhadj: Mont Saint-Michel manuscripts: Focus on the scriptorium practices in the 11th century
  • Abigail Quandt: Real or fake? Conservators, scientists and scholars join forces in debunking manuscript forgeries.

Friday 16 April 2021

Session 10A (11:00-12:30)

  • Ana Tourais, Conceição Casanova, Catarina Barreira, Catarina Gonçalves and Catarina Pinheiro: Alcobaça bookbinding as a hidden treasure: The case study of an Expositio in Evangelium Matthei
  • Lisa Camilleri: Fantastic features and where to find them: Title-tabs and other unique features of the Notarial Bindings in Malta
  • Amy Baldwin: Risen from the ashes: Balancing the historic and archival in the conservation of Charlotte Canning’s Indian Journals

Session 10B (11:00-12:30)

  • Ilse Korthagen, Femke Prinsen and Lieve Watteeuw: Checklist for the digitisation of manuscripts
  • Gayane Eliazyn and Artur Petrosyan: Medieval Armenian miniature: Research and conservation of the paint-layer on the example of the Matenadran manuscripts
  • Michael Maggen: The renovated Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Session 11A (12:45-14:15)

  • Sam Foley and Shaun Thompson: A collaborative digitization project in progress: The Polonsky Foundation Greek Manuscripts Project
  • Alberto Campagnolo and Rachel Di Cresce: Recording bookbinding structures and their visualizations as communication tools
  • Heather Marshall: The conservation of an 11thcentury Greek binding: Its role as an artefact and a functioning binding

Session 11B (12:45-14:15)

  • Ekaterina Pasnak: 16th–century German-style bindings from the Special Collections of the University Library in Bergen
  • Fenella France and Andrew Forsberg: Accessible linked scholarly and scientific datavisualisation for manuscripts

Session 12A (14:30-16:00)

  • Guðvarður Már Gunnlaugsson: On lost manuscripts from the Arnamagnæan Collection Katarzyna
  • Anna Kapitan: Reconstructing the dispersed collection of manuscripts owned by the Danish royal historiographer Thormodus Torfæus
  • Seán Vrieland: How to count a manuscript: Cataloguing the Faroese manuscript material in the Arnamagnæan Collection

Session 12B (14:30–16:00)

  • Zinaida Vakhovskaya and Tolganay Egorova: Examination of the manuscript “Alexandria and the Legend of the Mamai Battle”
  • Valentina Yañez Langner: Inter-agency collaborations for the preservation of choir books at the National Museum of Viceroyalty, Mexico
  • Fezeh Rahimi: Conservation measurements on papers works of the National Museum of the Holy Qur’an, Tehran

Session 13 (16:15–17:15)

  • Toby Burrows: Tracing the histories of medieval manuscripts: A new digital environment for provenance research
  • Jiří Vnouček: Late Antique parchment: Basic characteristics, methods of preparation and conservation problems

Session 14 (17:15-??)

Closing of the conference and virtual drinks in the Monks’ Cellar


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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