"The Medieval Imagination" at the State Library of Victoria

State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia will present The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand from 28 March - 15 June 2008.

From the website:

This spectacular free exhibition of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts celebrates the art of the hand-written book or manuscript. Around half the works are from Cambridge University and its colleges, which together hold one of the greatest collections of medieval manuscripts in the western world. The remainder are from distinguished public collections in Australia and New Zealand, including works from the State Library of Victoria's own collection.

Over 90 manuscripts are on display. Dating from the 8th to the 16th centuries, they include examples of deluxe book production from Byzantium, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Works on display include sacred traditional texts as well as works of music, law, history, science and literature. These exquisite manuscripts offer a wealth of information on art and learning, and provide fascinating insights into the life and times of the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Living History groups at exhibition opening

Many Living History groups will be represented at the gala opening presenting crafts and pastimes from the periods covered by the exhibition. We spoke to the organisers at the Melbourne Medieval Fair and Tourney (MMFAT), and I believe there will be musicians, the New Varangian Guard, Frojel Gotlandica and Days of Knights (www.daysofknights.com.au) at least will be present (we'll be presenting grain grinding, drop spindling and possibly armoring, I think. It's not all been fully worked out as yet).