A group of students from the Sacred Heart Language College in Harrow had an exciting opportunity to explore the treasures of the college library, and try their hand at calligraphy, during a school visit day on 31st October.
The interactive afternoon session, led by the College Librarian and specialist in medieval literature Dr Petra Hofmann, saw the students explore a selection of original medieval manuscripts and early printed books held in the old library. This was a wonderful occasion for the students to experience first-hand the amazingly conserved resources, and spaces of St John’s library and they were fascinated by what was on offer.
After exploring the resources, the students then had the chance to get their creative minds working in the calligraphy master class. Using calligraphy markers and coloured brush pens, each student wrote out a passage from an Anglo-Saxon test in the style of one of the manuscripts. Many medieval texts also display ornaments in the margins, which the students replicated in colourful style, as can be seen below.
The session constituted part of a KS4 Exploration Day run in coordination with the Access Office. As part of their day, the students and their teachers also benefited from an introductory lecture about the University of Oxford, quizzes and games, a critical thinking seminar, a question and answer session with some current undergraduate students and a tour of the beautiful, historic quadrangles of the College.