How did medieval books gain a new life and meaning centuries after their creation? And how did the actions of past collectors, dealers and scholars affect the way we see these objects today? Join the CULTIVATE MSS team for an online immersive theatre performance bringing the atmosphere of early twentieth-century book auctions to life.
In this virtual auction – recreating the dramatic events surrounding the sale of the famous Luttrell Psalter – you will ‘fight’ for your favourite manuscripts alongside distinguished collectors and dealers of the past, while reflecting on the importance of rare book auctions as a moment in time in which old books gained new cultural value and import. The evening ends with a short conversation with the historians and actors, and the launch of a virtual exhibition and podcast exploring the history of book collecting. This event is suitable for anyone interested in immersive theatre, the Middle Ages, and wider discussions about preserving cultural heritage.