In November last year Remembering the Reformation held a day-long workshop in collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum to explore the relationship between memory and objects. The day included handling sessions at the Fitzwilliam Museum, short papers by invited speakers, and intensive discussion. The workshop concluded with a public lecture by Prof. Andrew Morrall, of the Bard Graduate Centre. In this post Dr Karis Riley takes a look back at what was a very stimulating day.
Wednesday 30th January 2019 marks the 370th anniversary of the execution of King Charles I. This event had a potent but multifaceted afterlife in the secular iconography of both Royalists and Parliamentarians. In this blog post Dr Ceri Law unpicks the layers of meaning in one of the most famous images of Charles, along with the marks left on a particular copy by later censors.
Does God remember? Does God therefore forget? If we attribute memory to God, what difficulties are entailed for our conceptions of His omniscience and omnipotence? In the first of her case studies, Dr Karis Riley addresses some of these difficulties and offers examples of early-modern responses.
When we curated our Digital Exhibition we commissioned our partner libraries to make full digitisations of some of their works, to be made available later as part of their digital library platforms. In this post Ceri Law introduces two of these exciting books — a rare coloured copy of Foxe's Acts and Monuments and the Stainton or 'wounded' missal.
In the first of our 'Object of the Month' post, Ceri Law considers a pair of eighteenth-century communion flagons and asks: Why do we — and why did people in the past — remember? And why might we, and they, seek to inscribe the memories of loved ones into objects and so fix them into our physical world?
Project administrator Tom Taylor reviews the months since our major conference and wishes all our supporters and followers a happy Christmas!
Report and information on conference held in Cambridge, 7-9 September 2017
Professor Alexandra Walsham discusses an intriguing piece of Reformation memorabilia — a tobacco box engraved with images of Luther and Calvin — and explores the possible role of smell in memories of the Reformation.