Illuminated Manuscripts

This exhibition is now closed

A collection of illuminated manuscripts from the tenth to the sixteenth century were accompanied by a programme of related arts activities including literary and music recitals. The tenth century fragment, the earliest work in the exhibition, survived because it was cut up as a book binding.

The manuscripts were originally imported to New Zealand from diverse sources and were compiled for the exhibition from major New Zealand collections including the Alfred and Isabel Reed collection at Dunedin Public Library, The Alexander Turnbull Library, University of Canterbury Library, Knox College Library, the University of Otago library, the Bible Society library and several private collections.

The exhibition ran for twenty days and was seen by more than 10.000 people. TV3 prepared a short documentary on the manuscripts and an interview with Christopher de Hamel from Knox College in Dunedin.