Travels Through Time Podcast – 1215 anyone?

Earlier this month Giles Gasper recorded a podcast interview with Artemis Irvine (third-year history undergraduate at Durham University) for the second season of Travels Through TimeThe series asks what year the interviewee would like to go back to, and in this case, it was 1215, the year of the Fourth Lateran Council, Magna Carta, and, possibly, the year that a certain Robert Grosseteste was putting together his treatise On the Sphere. This wonderful and intriguing work is the subject of the second Ordered Universe volume currently in preparation: Mapping the Universe. So, if you’re wondering what happened in 1215 (which some of you may be), then this may be for you.  Many thanks indeed to Artemis and the Travels in Time team!

Light, Rainbows, and the Medieval Big Bang

The Light Up Poole Festival 2020 opened yesterday and the Ordered Universe Project is delighted to support it, as we did last year to the 40,000 or so visitors who came along. Continue reading

Horizon – sneak preview

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Hot off the creative desk – some stills from the first half of Horizon showing at the Napa Lighted Art Festival in January 2019 (12-20) (not so long away!). The show features material from the Ordered Universe project and its research on the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste, as well as material from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, curated and brought together and transmuted into something amazing by The Projection Studio – Ross Ashton and Karen Monid. Horizon will take viewers on a journey from the 13th century to the 21st, from the medieval universe to the modern, exploring perennial human questions of where we stand, how we should live, and how we are shaped and limited by our horizons.

Jack Cunnigham on ‘In Our Time’

Ordered Universe core research team member Jack Cunningham, from Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, features on In Our Time in a programme dedicated to Roger Bacon, which aired on Thursday 20th April. Together with Amanda Power (University of Oxford), and Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), Jack discusses with Melvyn Bragg the life and legacy of Bacon, including his relationship and debt to Robert Grosseteste. Do take the time to download and listen!

Ordered Universe Reading Group (Durham)


Just a short notice to say that our informal reading group will continue during Epiphany Term at Durham University. The first meeting of the term will be tomorrow, 17th January, from 15.00-17.00 in the Department of History, Seminar Room 1 and the programme for the term is embedded above. The Reading Group will continue to examine the Natural Questions of Adelard of Bath. All the reading is in English, with reference to Adelard’s Latin text as appropriate.

This reading group is intended primarily for staff and graduate students of Durham University but if you’d like to register interest please contact Giles Gasper or Tom McLeish ( –

Update: The venue for the seminars on 20th February (15.00-17.00) and 13th March (15.00-17.00) is now the IAS Seminar Room.

The Nebula image in the poster is reproduced from HubbleSite STISci.

Ordered Universe Reading Group (Durham)


A short notice to say that an informal reading group will be taking place, under the aegis of the Ordered Universe, at Durham, over the rest of Michaelmas Term, and then again in Epiphany and Easter. The first meeting to register interest and draw up plans takes place tomorrow, at 16.00 in the Department of History, Seminar Room  1. The Reading Group will examine the Natural Questions of Adelard of Bath, an important 12th century precursor to Grosseteste, and also the Natural Questions of Seneca, to think about contrasts and comparison with the medieval authors.The programme for dates, and the editions/translations to be used is embedded above and is also available here. Continue reading

Grosseteste at Georgetown

A post by Neil Lewis on the recent conference he organised at Georgetown on The Philosophies of Robert Grosseteste and Richard Rufus of Cornwall.

Vir excellentissimus in scientia – a man of the greatest prominence in knowledge. So Richard Rufus of Cornwall (fl. 1231-1259) describes Grosseteste in his Scriptum on Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Rufus was the first to use Grosseteste’s philosophical writings, and, as is indicated by this quotation, held Grosseteste in the highest regard. Thanks to the work of the Richard Rufus of Cornwall Project and the Ordered Universe Project these two thinkers are now receiving more attention than ever before, and therefore I thought it high time to bring together experts on their philosophical views. Continue reading

3rd International Grosseteste Conference: Day 1



The wonderful hospitality of Bishop Grosseteste University will stay long in the memory, and the fascinating series of papers. Jack Cunningham produced a rich programme, on the theme of religious and scientific learning in the thirteenth century, focused on our main subject, with a range
of international speakers. Ordered Universe team members were here in strength, Giles, Hannah, Tom, Richard and Cecilia, alongside many others. Continue reading

Embodying Grosseteste


Jack Cunningham has initiated an appeal to the Lincoln City Council for a statue of Robert Grosseteste within the city. The Ordered Universe project support this wholeheartedly, and features within Jack’s letter to the Lincolnshire Echo, copied below.  With the upcoming conference  on Science and Theology in the Thirteenth Century  focused on Grosseteste, the appeal could not be better timed. A conjunction of form and matter to create body is all that is required…. Continue reading

The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science – Saturday 14th December

Hannah and Giles have been invited to talk to  The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science, in two weeks time, on Saturday, 14 December at 2:00 pm. We’ll be talking about the project, under the title: “Medieval and Modern Science: Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253) in Multi-Disciplinary Perspective”.  The recent work on the De iride, rainbow treatise, and Grosseteste’s discussion of colour (with some copies of the De colore book available!). Continue reading