‘Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts’ – Dr Scot McKendrick

By | 18/01/2024

And now for something completely different!  The remarkable and distinctive art of early Netherlandish painters such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden is well known to visitors of art galleries and museums. This talk by a distinguished former curator at the British Library will introduce the less familiar illuminated manuscripts that offer some of the best evidence for our understanding of early Netherlandish painting between 1400 and 1550. 

Dr Scot McKendrick was formerly Head of Western Heritage Collections at the British Library, where he had charge of western manuscripts, archives, rare books, music and maps.  He is the author of numerous publications on manuscripts and medieval art and shared the Eric Mitchell and Eugène Baie prizes for ‘Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe’. A further exhibition catalogue ‘Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination’ was shortlisted for the Berger Prize for British Art History.

The talk will be held at the Desborough Bowling Club at 10 Green Lane, Maidenhead SL6 1XZPlease aim to arrive between 2.00 and 2.15pm.  To avoid problems with parking, please share rides if possible.  You may park in the spaces for buses.  If the bowling club car park is full, you can park in front of Lidl or Homebase which are a short walk away for up to two hours, ideally having made a purchase. 

Prospective or non-members who would like to attend the talk as a u3a ‘sample’ should please first contact the Membership Secretary, Maggie Kearney, on 01628 637 160 or membership@maidenheadu3a.org.uk.


The Bowling Club has catering facilities, so if you wanted to meet with friends before the meeting for a cup of tea or a light lunch, this could be a good opportunity to arrange to get together.  Please be sure to clear away by 2 pm so that the room can be readied in time for the talk.

If you have any comments before or after the meeting, or suggestions for talks, please contact Speaker Organiser, Philip Ratcliffe, on speakers@maidenheadu3a.org.uk

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