Exhibitions

SAINTS, SINNERS AND STORY TELLERS

THIS EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN 2010

GALLERY OPENING TIMES

A local collection of manuscript volumes offers an extraordinarily rich perspective on the literary tastes and religious faith of our medieval ancestors. Illustrated French romances and fourteenth-century texts in English demonstrate the move of literature from Latin to native languages, while a single leaf records in English the life of St Zita, the Italian saint of housekeepers. The volumes in question represent a remnant of the rich library collection formerly housed at Wollaton Hall, together with the magnificent Wollaton Antiphonal. Such books have faced many risks to their survival over the centuries and original binding features are often lost in later repairs. While the Wollaton volumes all remain fragile, they provide valuable evidence about their first creation and use. The decoration of medieval volumes is an essential part of their charm for modern readers. The Antiphonal’s conservation programme allows the display of more than one illuminated page, and digital images enable the details of illustrations to be viewed for the first time. A series of talks and events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777. LUNCHTIME TALKS 1PM - 2PM ADMISSION FREE WEDNESDAY 14 JULY PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP NOTTINGHAM ALABASTERS IN THE NOTTINGHAM CASTLE COLLECTION Sarah Skinner, Keeper of Art at Nottingham Castle Museum, talks about the alabaster trade in medieval Nottingham and the image of St Zita, on display in the exhibition.

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