‘Divers Manuscripts both Antient & Curious’: Treasures from the Harley Collection A two-day conference (29-30 June 2009) on illuminated manuscripts in the Harley collection, held at the British Library Conference Centre, London. The Harley collection was formed by Robert Harley (d. 1724) and his son, Edward (d. 1741), 1st and 2nd earls of Oxford. Renowned even in its own day, it encompassed collections of sculpture, pictures, drawings, engravings, coins, printed books, and manuscripts, and provided a mirror of early 18th-century English aristocratic taste, in part shaped by the Grand Tour. Today only the manuscript collection remains intact: in 1753 it became one of the foundation collections of the British Museum, and subsequently the British Library. Out of about 7,660 manuscripts, around 2,000 contain significant decoration. Reflecting the broad and eclectic taste—and very considerable wealth—of its two founders, it is probably the most important intact privately-formed collection of illuminated manuscripts anywhere in the world. The objective of the Harley conference is to publicise and celebrate the inclusion of these Harley manuscripts in the British Library’s Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts) project, and to encourage new research. Programme Keynote speaker: Professor Jeffrey Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture, Harvard University, ‘The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe: Collaboration in the Scriptorium of the Abbey of Arnstein’. Special demonstration: Patricia Lovett, professional scribe and illuminator, ‘Gold on Parchment: a Consideration and Demonstration of the Tools and Materials used in Medieval Manuscripts’. Other speakers Professor Richard Gameson, Professor in the Department of History, Durham University Dr Marie-Thérèse Gousset, Ingéniuer de Recherche du Ministère de la Culture, Centre de Recherche sur les Manuscrits Enluminés, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Dr Frances Harris, Head of Modern Historical Manuscripts, The British Library, Professor Anne Hedeman, Professor of Art History and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Dr Colum Hourihane, Director, Index of Christian Art, Princeton, New Jersey Dr Deirdre Jackson, Project Officer, Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, British Library Professor James Laidlaw, Department of French, University of Edinburgh, Project Director, The Making of the Queen’s Manuscript Dr Julian Luxford, Lecturer, School of Art History, University of St Andrews Dr Francesca Manzari, Ricercatore di Storia dell'arte medievale, Università di Roma Dr Marigold Anne Norbye, Teaching Fellow in Medieval Latin and Latin Palaeography, Department of Greek and Latin, University College London Maud Perez-Simon, PhD candidate, Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle Sarah Pittaway, PhD candidate, University of Birmingham Dr Kathryn Rudy, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague Dr Joerg Voellnagel, Assistant Curator, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Alison Walker, PhD candidate, University of California, Los Angeles Dr Hanno Wijsman, Postdoctoral researcher ('veni') in medieval history, History Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Leiden Dr Catherine Yvard, Project Officer, Gothic Ivories Project, Courtauld Institute of Art To register: Send a cheque in pounds sterling for the relevant registration fee, made payable to The British Library, and your name, title, and institution, and email address to The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, Attention: Gareth Burfoot. Overseas attendees may pay on the day; contact [email protected] for further information. Registration fees: Standard £40 AMARC members £35 Students £20 Coffee and tea, two sandwich lunches, and Monday evening reception provided.