Life and Learning is the adult education arm of Hereford Cathedral, working to broaden understanding and debate in theology, social issues and the arts. Whilst we aren't able to come together for our normal lectures, we will be sharing talks from members of our community online.

Medieval Faces Series

This series of three short films takes a close look at some of the tiny faces hiding inside the medieval manuscript books in the cathedral's renowned Chained Library. Cathedral Librarian Rosemary Firman asks: who are they? Why are they there and what are they trying to tell us? Why are such curious and sometimes scary creatures lurking in the margins?

Medieval Faces Two: Eloquent Gestures

Skilled medieval artists were careful to make their messages clear through the careful depiction of hand gestures which still have meaning for us today.

Medieval Faces One: What's going on here?

In a decorated medieval book each new chapter or section is typically marked out with a miniature painting. These contain visual clues which can help us puzzle out the stories they tell.

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