Rochester Vinegar Bible Conservation Update
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"
Michael Wood Introduction
Michael Wood’s exploration of the famous Textus Roffensis (‘Book of Rochester’) comes as the first instalment of Rochester Cathedral’s new initiative, Leafing through the Library. The cathedral’s manuscripts and early printed books will be shared and investigated online bi-monthly. Digital images from Rochester cathedral’s library will be accompanied by articles examining the content, context and significance of a wide variety of books including, amongst others, Henry VIII’s Great Bible, one of only thirty-five copies of the 1662 Sealed Book of Common Prayer, a 1744 navigation atlas and Isaac Newton’s observations.
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Leave Your Mark in History
As part of the Cathedral HLF Building works, The Library Roof will be refurbished.
An Interesting Initiative which has caught the imagination of the public is the sponsoring of a Roof Tile.
The tiles, which are being cleaned and rehung may be sponsored for a suggested donation of £5. For this you may write a personal message on the underside of a roof tile before it goes back on our library roof. The names of those who have donated will be recorded in a special book which will be held in the Cathedral Library. For further details Please contact the Volunteer Manager . Donations may be gift aided, if you are a UK tax payer.
Textus Roffensis Online
Rochester Cathedral's World Firsts
In partnership with the The University of Manchester Library’s Image Collections, Rochester Cathedral has, for the first time, made the greatest treasure in its Library available online in its entirety. The Textus Roffensis is the only existing copy of the first code of English law and was written in Rochester during the early 1120s. It has been described as one of the most important documents in English history. This manuscript, written in Old English and Latin, is hugely important in the history of English law and language and is believed to have influenced the wording of the Magna Carta of 1215 and, later, the American Declaration of Independence of 1776. Historian and television presenter, Michael Wood, who has supported the project, says that the Textus is of ‘supreme importance...one of the few crucial works in the history of the civilization of the British Isles.’
Included in the Textusis an account of ceremonies of ordeal for testing innocence using red-hot irons, boiling water and a terrible curse in which the wrong-doer is cursed by the Holy Trinity, archangels and angels; he is cursed living or dying, working or resting, and every part of his body is cursed down to his toes nails!
The Cathedral has digitised another unique manuscript, the Custumale Roffensis, which is now available online for the first time. Written in Latin in about 1300, it tells, not only, of the Priory’s lands and income, but also details the domestic arrangements of the Monastery at Rochester. This manuscript throws light on the services and bell ringing of the Cathedral and, together with descriptions of services and the duties of senior officials, and vergers, we are told of the bakers, porters, brewers, cooks tailors and laundrymen, even of the arrangements for the stabling of horses! The title page of the book carries a warning: ‘Whoever shall alienate or fraudulently destroy this title, or diminish the rights of the monks contained in the same, let him have his portion with Judas, the traitor...So be it. Amen.’
2017 Fundraising Concerts
The first one is The Lithuania event which will take place here at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 11th March 2017 at 12 noon until 1.30pm. This concert is to celebrate Lithuanian Independence Day and we are delighted that the concert will be attended by The Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK, Her Excellency Asta Skaisgiryte.
We are very pleased to be able to present soprano Lina Dambrauskaite, baritone Romanas Kudriasovas accompanied by pianist Marija Struckova.
This concert is free of charge and we look forward to seeing you.
Our second fund raising concert for the year will again be in partnership with Abigail's Footsteps and will be on Friday 6th October. More details to follow.
Our last fund raising concert for the year will be a performance by the Kent Police Male Voice Choir and this concert will be on Wednesday 8th November.
Tickets for all of the above will be available from firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01634 810074
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