Medieval Touch promotes the study of a diverse range of medieval objects from museum collections, and encourages an informal exchange of information and ideas among Courtauld staff, research students and other London-based scholars and curators. The group is convened by Tom Nickson, Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman.
The group meets at least once a term to examine collectively and discuss a selection of works around a given theme, usually in the vaults of the British Museum but sometimes in other museum spaces in London and beyond. These handling sessions are typically led by a scholar with expertise in the given theme, and are preceded by an informal reading group in which a small selection of pertinent texts are read and discussed.
Previous handling sessions have included: objects with apotropaic inscriptions, rock crystal objects, gothic ivories, enamels, alabasters, Byzantine apotropaic objects, micro-architecture, the Agnus Dei, Becket and pilgrimage, and late medieval architectural prints. Details of some of these can be found below.
We’re always interested to hear from scholars and curators who would like to lead sessions at the British Museum or elsewhere in the UK, particularly in connection with wider research projects. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Previous handling sessions
(On the Medieval Art Research blog)