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Medieval manuscripts to be shown in Nottingham

Medieval Wollaton Manuscripts
The manuscripts give an insight into medieval life

Rarely seen medieval manuscripts are to go on public display for a limited time in Nottingham.

The "Saints, Sinners and Storytellers" exhibit contains manuscripts which once formed part of the private library at Wollaton Hall.

One of the works is an illustrated French romance dating from 1200, which is believed to be the earliest of its kind in the world.

The exhibition runs from 30 April to 8 August at the Lakeside Arts Centre.

The works were amassed by the Willoughby family and kept in their private library at Wollaton Hall.

The University of Nottingham have been studying and conserving the centuries old manuscripts.

Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre said: "The opportunity to study these wonderful manuscripts and to relate them to the history of the Willoughby family has been a tremendous privilege.

"We have learnt so much about the manuscripts themselves and the context of medieval culture in the East Midlands."


Some of the works were in daily use at one time and extensive restoration work had to be carried out on the delicate items

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