Category Archives: Resources

Digital library of liturgical sources

Ecclesiastical Map of Western Europe in the Middle Ages

Ecclesiastical Map of Western Europe in the Middle Ages

Digital library of liturgical sources is a new research tool developed by the Research Group of Liturgical History. The Calendar-Project is a comprehensive database of almost 200 representative European liturgical Calendars and Sanctorals. Through browsing Saints and Feasts or Dates respectively, one can gain a statistically relevant sample of where, when and which feasts were celebrated within the medieval territory of the Roman Rite. Methodically, our research is based on the same principles as the whole of USUARIUM, namely that diverse sources based on their undoubted origin provide the best way to study the range of variability of liturgical Uses. Proofreading, corrections, new sources and facilities will follow in the coming weeks.

CONTACT FOR PASSWORD: foldvary.miklos[at]
 dr. Miklós Földváry, H-1088 Budapest,
Múzeum krt. 4/F. 222.

Academic Illustrating Services

mg-illustratorCan you imagine a faster, easier and more immediate communication than a drawing?  Probably not… A drawing is more persuasive than a thousand words: even a simple reconstruction will strengthen your ideas and make them tangible. The illustrating service I offer is addressed to academics, researchers, museums, cultural institutions and publishers, mostly in archaeology and art-related subjects, but also in any other field which requires drawings. It consists in the creation of high-quality illustrations generated on professional computer software, which are generally used in books, academic papers and museum display panels:

For some years now I have been preparing a wide range of illustrations including:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Ground floor plans
  • Axonometric building projections
  • Reconstructions of archaeological findings
  • 3D reconstructions
  • Maps

… and much more!

Click here to see a selection of my work, and please do not hesitate to get in touch for any queries.

I look forward to hearing about your project!

Matilde Grimaldi

Event: Postgraduate Open Day at the Library of Society of Antiquaries of London

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Postgraduate Open Day

14 October 2016

The Society of Antiquaries of London has the largest antiquarian library in the country, with a collection spanning items from the 10th century to present day, reflecting 300 years of research and scholarship into the history and material remains of Great Britain and other countries.

Join us for our Open Day to learn about the resources that can help you with your postgraduate studies (aimed at students beginning or currently undertaking postgraduate study). We will strive to tailor the day’s programme to the interests of the students in attendance.

For more information and booking see the event’s website.

Autumn School: Latin Paleography and Medieval Liturgy (University of Ghent, October 2014)

Autumn School
Latin Paleography and Medieval Liturgy
University of Ghent, 20 – 22 October 2014
Application deadline: 31 August 2014

This Autumn School is organised for MA and PhD-students in Medieval Studies (art history, history, philosophy, literature, music, etc.) who are required to work with handwritten medieval documents in Latin or with liturgical sources and texts containing liturgical quotations or references.
autumn_school_ghentThe Autumn School starts with two days of parallel courses in Latin Paleography and Medieval Liturgy, taught by leading experts in the field.
The sessions about Medieval Liturgy focus, after an elaborate introduction to the various liturgical books, on the liturgical conventions in France and Germany, on liturgy and music, on liturgy and architecture and on books of hours.
The sessions about Latin paleography explain the interactions between paleography, Diplomatics and Codicology, and will then focus on different scripts, the evolution and layout of the page and reading practices, the organisation of the scriptoria and the position of the scribe.
On the third day of the course, workshops are organized for each theme, in which all topics dealt with during the previous days will be brought together in an interactive session.
In the space of three days, students will thus acquire a basic knowledge of either Latin Paleography or Medieval Liturgy as well the skills to implement this knowledge in their own research projects.

For the course on Latin Paleography, students need to have already a basic knowledge of (classical) Latin grammar and vocabulary. For the course in Medieval Liturgy, no previous knowledge is required.

Both courses are delivered in English. Since both courses are taught at the same time, participants can enrol for only one course.

For further information on programme and registration, see here.

Petition: Save the Warburg Institute!

The Friends of the Warburg Institute have launched the following petition which may be of interest to those who know about the Warburg Institute and have benefited from its wonderful library:

“The Times Higher Education recently reported that the University of London has taken legal action to challenge its own deed of trust concerning the care and integrity of the Warburg Institute. Possible results of this action include the dispersal of the library, or its relocation abroad.

This is not the first time the Institute has been threatened: it was relocated from Hamburg to London in 1933, endangered by Hitler’s rise to power, and although the University of London accepted the collections in 1944 (the agreement currently under review), similar action was considered in 2010.

We call on the University of London to withdraw their legal action and keep the Warburg Institute just as it is, for three reasons:

1. To keep the Warburg Institute’s collections intact. In over 50 years since the library’s resettlement in London, it has grown from 80,000 to 350,000 volumes, 40% of which are unique and not held in the British Library.

2. To preserve Aby Warburg’s intellectual legacy. The Institute’s collections are organised unlike any other in the world – according to a system  developed by Warburg as a product of his own research. Dispersal is tantamount to destroying one of Warburg’s greatest works of scholarship – the library itself.

3. To maintain the vibrant intellectual community the Warburg fosters. A one-of-a-kind collection both in content and form, the Warburg has drawn together a world-class scholarly community for decades. Taking the collections outside of the space of the Institute would displace that community of researchers.”

To sign the petition, please follow this link.
For a statement from the Warburg Institute regarding the High Court proceedings, click here.


Resources: Society of Antiquaries London Youtube lectures

goodallSALMissed a lecture at the Society of Antiquaries? Many of the society’s events, including conferences, public lectures and ordinary meetings of fellows are available on their Youtube channel!

Some talks include:

The recent Church Treasures conference on the 2nd May, featuring John Goodall, Loyd Grossman

Sophie Oosterwijk on medieval child monuments

Sally Badham on ‘Seeking Salvation: Commemoration of the Dead in the Late Medieval English Parish’

Michael Carter on Cistercian art and architecture in the late Middle Ages

All medievalists are bound to find something to occupy themselves on a quiet evening, so have a look!

Material Witness Blog







The Material Witness blog is up!

Material Witness is an interdisciplinary training program for PhD students from the seven UK universities that makes up the CHASE consortium – The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex.

The Material Witness workshops have ranged from manuscript handling sessions at the British Library to discussions on the implications of digitalizing art collections. By taking place outside the classroom and by welcoming PhD students from varied backgrounds, this series has championed the interdisciplinary approaches that characterize today’s most cutting-edge scholarship. At the same time, the opportunity to handle works of art reminds participants of the pleasures and responsibilities of original doctoral-level research.

To find out more about the workshops and to hear from the participants themselves, you may checkout the blog here. Suggestions and comments are encouraged!