The Bury Bible Up Close:

The Bury Bible Up Close: An Illustrated Talk

December 3, 2022 | 10:30 am 12:00 pm

Join us for an in-depth encounter with the most important artefact to survive from the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. Illuminated by Master Hugo in the 1130s, the Bury Bible is a jewel of medieval art. As part of a wider research project on British manuscript illumination, a team of curators, conservators and scientists at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has investigated its parchment and pigments using a range of cutting-edge scientific techniques. The results give us a new understanding of the making – and the makers – of this remarkable manuscript, one volume of which will be on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum from 18 October to 22 January 2023:


Saturday 3 December, 10.30am to 12.00 noon


To register, please email – we will email you with a zoom link closer to the time.


Edward Cheese is Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and a Queen Elizabeth Craft Scholar. A specialist in the history, construction, and repair of historically significant bookbindings, he has wide experience of conserving manuscripts, printed books and archives across the libraries of Cambridge, and teaches on two postgraduate conservation courses.


Suzanne Reynolds is Senior Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum and has devoted her career to researching medieval books and illumination. She is curator of the display Medieval Britain in Colour: 500 Years of Illuminated Manuscripts which is running at the Fitzwilliam Museum from 18 October-22 January 2023, and which includes volume 2 of the Bury Bible.


Paola Ricciardi is a Schools Engagement Officer at the Royal Society. Until recently she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Fitzwilliam Museum, where she managed the Analytical Lab. Her research focuses on the non-invasive technical analysis of cultural heritage objects, especially Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts; the study of artists’ materials and techniques; and the transfer of knowledge between artists and craftsmen working in different media.

The Bury Bible Up Close: