Faddan More Psalter Seminar

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Faddan More Psalter Seminar

Postby tri on Mon May 19, 2008 3:12 pm

The Psalter from Faddan More Bog - One day seminar

Date: Friday, 6th June, 2008
Venue: Ceramics Room, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

In July 2006 a most significant archaeological discovery was made in a bog at Faddan More, Co. Tipperary. The remains of an illuminated manuscript of early medieval date along with a leather binding and the remains of a leather bag were discovered by chance during turf-cutting operations. The discovery made international headlines at the time because it was the first medieval manuscript ever found in a wetland environment. The Psalter presents many challenges: archaeological, art historical and palaeographical. In particular, the project required an innovative approach to conservation. This seminar provides a unique opportunity to discover what has been learnt so far about this significant find. It presents a preliminary account of work in progress by the panel of experts assembled by the National Museum of Ireland to examine this new discovery. Delegates will have an opportunity to view some of the conserved folios during the day.

Note: There is no charge for the seminar but registration in advance is required as
numbers are limited.

Please register by email psalter@museum.ie or telephone 01 648 6332 by Friday, 30th May, 2008.

9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome and Introduction.
Dr P. F. Wallace, Director, National Museum of Ireland
9.45am The discovery and excavation at the site.
Eamonn Kelly, Keeper of Irish Antiquities, National
Museum of Ireland
10.15am Recovery of the manuscript and conservation approach.
Rolly Read, Head of Conservation, National Museum of
Ireland
10.35am Conservation trials and report on conservation.
John Gillis, Conservator
11.05am Tea/Coffee
11.35am The composition and binding structure of the psalter.
John Gillis, Conservator
12.00am Content and decoration of the psalter.
Dr Bernard Meehan, Keeper of Manuscripts, Trinity
College, Dublin
12.45pm Break
There will be an opportunity for participants to view some
of the conserved folios during the break
2.15pm The leather binding: the wider context.
Chris Clarkson, Oxford
2.45pm The decoration on the leather binding.
Raghnall Ó Floinn, Head of Collections, National Museum
of Ireland
3.05pm The archaeological and landscape context.
Eamonn P. Kelly, Keeper of Irish Antiquities, National
Museum of Ireland
3.25pm The historical context.
Dr Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, School of History, NUI Galway
3.45pm General discussion
4.15pm Tea/Coffee
Conference concludes
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