Next Tuesday, 31st May, sees the first activity in the collaboration between the Ordered Universe and the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, Through a Glass Darkly. We have a day of creative collaboration across a wide range of media. Brian, Giles, Hannah, Clive, Josh, Ana Dias – a PhD student in medieval manuscript illumination at Durham, with Ross Ashton, Alexandra Carr and Alan Fentiman, will explore Grosseteste’s scientific opuscula with Cate Watkinson, Colin Rennie and undergraduate and postgraduate students at the National Glass Centre. Focussing on the treatises On Colour, On Light and On the Rainbow but also On the Generation of Sounds, we will explore creative responses to Grosseteste’s texts, imagery and imagination. A glass-blowing demonstration and lots of discussion, group-work, presentations and plenary conversation, should provide plenty of stimulation and insight. To bring Grosseteste to the National Glass Centre, in what was the parish of his great friend Adam Marsh, is a very special thing to do; to bring the world-class expertise of the Glass Centre to medieval texts that investigate the properties of materials and media around us in the world is equally unique in its application. The programme for the day is available as a PDF here. This is a very exciting dimension to the project and we can’t wait to get started.
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