Past Events

Introduction – Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality

Public Lecture Course – Jessica Berenbeim, Lloyd de Beer

  • 7 April 2022
  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • The first in a six-part public lecture course on Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality.
  • Paul Mellon Centre and Online

In the Middle Ages, the “British Isles” were far from insular. These islands were, in fact, places of exchange, where art, ideas, rare materials and people came together from all over the world. This course examines Britain’s sense of place in that world, as well as its actual place in the world – in other words, image and reality – by examining medieval images themselves. Each of the course’s lectures considers one of five critical themes in Britain’s global experience and imagination, through the exploration of works of medieval art. The first lecture, presented by the Course Convenors, will introduce these themes and explain why they are so significant in medieval culture, as well as to our own current understanding of the Middle Ages and the history of British art.

No prior art historical knowledge is necessary.

Registration is required. Please book tickets in the link above.

Please note this event will take place in our Lecture Room, located on the First Floor. Full accessibility information is available here. The event will also be live-streamed via Zoom Webinar.

About the speakers

  • Head and shoulder portrait of a woman with brown hair in a park

    Jessica Berenbeim is University Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and the Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge, where she is a Fellow. She is the author of Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England (2015). Her research concerns the aesthetics and materiality of writing, interdisciplinary and global medieval studies and philosophy of history. She has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre, a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Long-term Fellow in Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute.

  • Head shot of man

    Lloyd de Beer is Curator: Medieval Britain and Europe in the department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory at the British Museum, where he has worked since 2012. He recently curated the blockbuster exhibition Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint. In January 2022 Lloyd began a three-year fellowship, jointly funded by the British Academy and the Wolfson Foundation, working on a project called The Age of Copper, Ivory and Gold: England and West Africa in the Middle Ages.