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Stepping Back in Time: Medieval Version

Please note that this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access.
Past event - 2024
14 May Doors 7pm
Event starts 7.30pm
Event finishes 9.30pm
Head of Steam, 3 Reform Place, North Road,
Durham DH1 4RZ
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Tonight we'll be taking a step back in time to the Medieval period with talks focusing on archaeology on the island of Lindisfarne and Medieval view on the cosmos. 

New Light on Early Medieval Lindisfarne

Dr David Petts (Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, Durham University)
Despite its importance in the story of early medieval Britain, until recently there has been relatively little research into the archaeology of the early monastery. This is a chance to hear about the first large-scale excavation on the heart of the site, and to find out how this work is changing our understanding of the Island’s history.
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Seeing Spheres in the Medieval Cosmos

Professor Luke Sunderland (Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures)
Medieval thinkers were fascinated by the idea that the heavens were spherical and moved in beautiful harmony. My talk will discuss why this shape was considered ideal, exploring some of the many stunning illustrations of the cosmos in medieval manuscripts, and placing them in the context of ideas about creation, the elements, angels, the soul, the orders of nature and marvels such as shooting stars and eclipses. It will interest all those keen on the history of cosmology, diagrams and books.
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