Magna Carta Rediscovered Touring Exhibition
will be on display together in Rochester Cathedral
from October 10 to December 6th.
These important historical documents will be on display in the lady chapel as part of the Magna Carta Rediscovered touring Exhibition celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.
The Faversham Magna Carta dates from the 1300's and is predated by Rochester Cathedral's own Textus Roffensis, a book of Law Codes which includes King Henry I's Coronation Charter. itself dating from the 1120's.
Make sure you visit Rochester Cathedral to see these two historic documents together, the only location they will be viewed side by side.
Magna Carta and Textus Roffensis Education Workshop
Rochester Cathedral Education Department is pleased to offer Pupils a 1 hour Workshop between 12th October and 4th December 2015 to coincide with the Magna Carta Rediscovered Touring Exhibiton.
During this time the Faversham Magna Carta , which dates from the 1300's and Rochester Cathedral's Textus Roffensis will be on display side by side. The only location they will be visible together.
To celebrate this event The Rochester Cathedral Education Department are pleased to offer school pupils a 1 hour workshop on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays walking through the history of the Cathedral from 1066 to the 1500's, with specific reference to the Rochester Castle Siege. This will also include the opportunity for dramatisation.
To Book please contact
Helen Bradshaw or Sue Gray via Email or by Telephone 01634 810066
Might we suggest combining the Cathedral visit with one to the Castle or the Guidhall Museum. Contact 01634 332680, in this instance.
Rochester Book of Hours
Leafing Through the Library
Rochester Book Of Hours
Books of Hours are prayer books mainly used for private devotions. They vary in size from the very tiny to the very large, but, for the most part, they tend to be moderate in size, in order to be easily carried and conveniently used. The smaller size also means the books are more personal, not being big enough to be shared.
At 10.5cm x 8 cm the Rochester Cathedral Book of Hours is slightly smaller than the norm.
For the Latest Instalment of Leafing Through the Library
by Dr Jayne Wackett,
Please Click Here
The Great BibleLeafing Through Our Library
The Great Bible : The Gospel According to Henry VIII
An Introduction to the Great Bible.
The first authorized vernacular Bible was printed in early 1539 and due to its tremendous heft the book became known as the Great Bible. To this day it stands as a milestone of the English Reformation.
Article Author: Stuart Palmer, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent
Editor: Dr Jayne Wackett, University of Kent
Please Click the link above the image for the full Article
Rochester Vinegar Bible Conservation Update*As printer to King George II and to the University of Oxford between 1711 and his death in 1742, John Baskett was responsible for printing many fine books. However his name is remembered above all for his 1717 imprint of the Holy Bible. This particular edition, which contains many neo-classical engravings by James Thornhill and Michael van der Gucht, could have been one of the highlights of Baskett's career. Instead so many printing mistakes were made that people referred to his Bible as a "Baskett-ful of errors." One of the most famous misprints occured in the page heading in Luke 20:9, where "The Parable of the Vineyard" became "The Parable of the Vinegar", hence the nickname of 'Vinegar Bible.'
Lara Meredith Book & Archive Conservator has been hard at work on the Rochester Vinegar Bible.
This Book is very fragile and requires a great deal of time and skill to preserve it for future generations.
Click HERE or Click the IMAGE for the Vinegar Bible Conservation film
Lara recently updated Acting Dean Philip Hesketh about the project
" The supporting work to the text block is progressing well but a little slower than predicted. I am only able to work on a few pages at a time to allow the adhesive to dry. Usually a leaf in a book will be pressed between blotters to dry to allow one to work on the next leaves. When the first leaves dry the blotters are removed and one continues through the book without having to wait too long between bouts of work. The historical damage to the Vinegar Bible is being retained and drying under blotters in this way would crush the leaves too much. All but approximately 20 pages needed some form of tissue support like this.
I hope that these illustrate the supporting and consolidating ethic of this project. Retaining as much of the original as possible, including the damage that the bible has sustained over its life, whilst minimising its deterioration"
The Stages of the Process
A Large Fragment
The Location of the Fragment is verified
Verso of the Fragment
Close up of the supporting Tissue
Fragment Reattachment Complete.
This project, for the conservation of the Vinegar Bible, has been made possible by a generous grant from the Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund. More Info Here
*Source of Information "On Seb's Steps"
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