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Museum Talk: Medieval Finds of Late Medieval Amulets and Reliquaries

The mass destruction during the Reformation and later of devotional items made from precious metals, means that the material evidence for medieval piety in the British Isles is scant. Accidental losses found through the agency of metal detectors have brought to light some of the most intimate survivals of religious practice in the form of amuletic pendants and jewellery reliquaries. This talk will share a number of recent finds with the audience and reflect on their significance. James Robinson is Keeper of Art and Design at the National Museum of Scotland and previously curated The Treasures of Heaven: Saints Relics an Devotion in Medieval Europe exhibition at the British Museum. There will be the opportunity to handle some of the medieval collections from the University Museum after the talk. All talks are at 1pm in the Djanogly Theatre, please book your place in advance at the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.