British Art Fund Offers £500,000 to Help Save Medieval Manuscript

The National Art Collections Fund has offered £500,000 to help save the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter which was recently sold at auction.

The 252-leaf, East Anglian Psalter was sold for £1,685,600 to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, but historians hope that the British government will buy the manuscript back in order to keep it from leaving the country.

Director of the National Art Collections Fund David Barrie said, “This is one of the most remarkable English works of art to come before our Committee for many years — for sheer inventiveness, technical mastery and historical importance it can scarcely be rivalled. It would be utterly inexplicable if we, as a country, didn’t do everything in our power to secure it.