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This blog is about museum things that have caught our attention from events and exhibitions to new discoveries in the collections.

So Very Superstitious

Posted on: 13th February 2015 By: Adam Ditchburn

So Very Superstitious

Are you superstitious? Today is Friday 13th, the first of three in 2015. This date has been associated with superstition and spookiness for decades.  In 2012 we ran a project called ‘So Very Superstitious’. It was all about local people, and visitors...

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The St Albans Psalter

Posted on: 29th January 2015 By: Elizabeth Adey

The St Albans Psalter

The St Albans Psalter was produced in St Albans Abbey between 1123 and 1143.  It is thought to have been given to Christina of Markyate by Geoffrey de Gorham, the Abbot of St Albans from 1119 to 1146. A beautiful facsimile is ...

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A Leper Hospital in St Albans

Posted on: 19th January 2015 By: Elizabeth Adey

A Leper Hospital in St Albans

The image above is from a 14th century manuscript and shows a bishop instructing clergy suffering from leprosy.  Medieval depictions of leprosy commonly showed the victim to have red spots. The manuscript is now held by the British Library.Medieval England had over...

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