Scrineum 2015

The editorial board of Scrineum ( is pleased to announce that the number 12 (2015) of «Scrineum. Rivista» is online (; the editorial board is also pleased to invite you to submit for the next issue of 2015 original papers concerning the history of documents, handwriting and manuscript books. Papers in Italian, English, German and Spanish are welcome. The submissions must be formatted according to the following rules: and sent to the e-mail address not later than April 15th, 2015.  

Scrineum Rivista is already indexed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals); since 2008 it features an international Referee Board the structure of which mirrors the various topics and interests of the current editorial policy. It is currently the only e-journal specifically dedicated to document andmanuscript sciences in the Middle Ages. Submitted papers, if accepted, are normally published within a couple of months. The publisher (Firenze University Press) guarantees compliance with Copyright Laws.

You can find further informations on Scrineum at the internet addresses which are indicated above. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone, colleagues and students, who might be interested.

We hope that our project can be of your interest.

Compilation, Composition, and Commonplace Books

2016-01-20 18.40.22The first Centre for Material Texts exhibition is now live in the new exhibition cases on the first floor of the English Faculty at 9 West Road. Graduate students on Ruth Abbott’s MPhil module on 19th century writers’ notebooks have installed an exhibition of original 19th century commonplace books. The exhibition had its first installment in October 2015 at the Wordsworth Museum in Cumbria, and it has now come south and been reimagined for the English Faculty. Come and see these fascinating original manuscripts, and add an entry of your own to our modern commonplace book while you’re there!

Please come to eat cake and celebrate the arrival of our beautiful new display cases on the first-floor landing on Monday, 26 January, from 10.15-11.15 am.

Middle English Graduate Seminar (Lent 2016)

The Middle English Graduate Seminar will meet in the Board Room at the English Faculty, University of Cambridge (9 West Road) on alternate Wednesdays throughout Lent term. Papers begin promptly at 5.15, followed by drinks and questions. Biscuits will be available in the Board Room from 4.45p.m., so please bring along a mug of tea and catch up with fellow medievalists. After the paper all are welcome to join the speaker for dinner in a nearby restaurant. For any enquiries beforehand, please contact Alex da Costa (

Among this term’s seminars, the following examine medieval handwritten cultures:

20 JanuaryAditi Nafde (University of Newcastle): ‘From Print to Manuscript’

2 MarchSebastian Sobecki (University of Groningen): ‘The Southwark Connection: Gower, Chaucer, and the Writing of The Canterbury Tales’ 

Full schedule available here.