Illuminated Manuscripts: Academic Institutions and Research Centers

Academic Institutions and Research Centers


Illuminare (KU Leuven) is a research and documentation centre, located in the Leuven University Library. The focus on medieval and early modern art from the Low Countries approached from a European perspective is steered by both research and doctoral projects that are supported by an international network of universities, institutions, and museums. Illuminare equally endorses several international peer-reviewed series. The centre moreover conserves and catalogues illuminated manuscripts and carries out art technical research. It examines, through an interdisciplinary approach, the iconology of medieval art. Illuminare holds several research archives of renowned art historians, and organises national and international exhibitions.


Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (IRHT) devoted to basic research on medieval manuscripts and ancient prints. The history of texts written in the main languages ​​of culture around the Mediterranean, Latin, Romance languages, Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, Syriac, Arabic: material supports of writing, writing and decoration, textual content, iconography, distribution and reception.



Dombibliothek Hildesheim takes on the task of cultivating its valuable historical legacy by bringing it into scientific discourses and helping to research. The thematic focuses in unique, outstanding manuscripts of the Middle Ages, the abundance of previously largely untapped early modern manuscripts on the history of the region and the diocese, individual closed taken over historical book collections and archival holdings. Currently they are preparing some research projects , which are inspired and supported by the Dombibliothek.


Culture & Technology: European Summer University in Digital Humanities The European Summer University in Digital Humanities was created in 2009 and has been running ever since. It seeks to offer a space for the discussion and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competences in those computer technologies which play a central role in Humanities Computing and where these activities are integrated into the broader context of the Digital Humanities, where questions about the consequences and implications of the application of computational methods and tools to cultural artefacts of all kinds are asked.

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MINIARE: Manuscript Illumination: Non-Invasive Analysis, Research and Expertise is a new interdisciplinary project using a combination of advanced scientific methods for the study of illuminated manuscripts. It will undertake non-invasive analysis of Western, Egyptian, Byzantine, Slavonic, Armenian, Persian, Mughal, Ottoman, Sanskrit and Tibetan illuminated manuscripts (1350 BC - 19th c. AD) and a selection of early printed material. The scientific results will inform studies of the artistic, cultural, political, social and economic environments in which the manuscripts were created, taking into account trade routes, social and international mobility, intellectual and technological developments.


The John Rylands Research Institute work with researchers from across the humanities and the sciences to reveal and realise the research potential of the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library.