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Jennifer Murray

Published date
23 May 2019

Manuscript Waste Fragments: Identifying the binding from which they were removed

College: Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon
Supervisors: Professor Nicholas Pickwoad, Dr Athanasios Velios, Professor Michelle Brown, FSA (Professor Emerita, School of Advanced Study, University of London)


Discarded medieval manuscripts were frequently recycled to make new bookbindings and they can be found re-used as endleaves, spine linings and even whole covers. These manuscript fragments were later often removed from the binding resulting in a loss of the association between the fragment and the binding, an association that gave important information with regard to the history of both. The fragment, though, will retain some evidence of the binding – and the binding of the fragment. My research will investigate whether it is possible, based on analysing this evidence, to re-establish the link between the two.