SIGLUM has been founded to carry out comprehensive research into manuscripts. It aims to promote the study of manuscripts and the development of different manuscript cultures through the ages. Our group was set up by a team of philologists in 2020 but it soon attracted other scholars, including historians, art historians, conservators, chemists, experts on the history of the book and paper production, linguists, literary critics, cultural experts, musicologists, archivists and librarians. Our research projects embrace manuscripts from different geographical and cultural regions and include both, early sources as well as contemporary handwritten documents. We share the passion for manuscripts and we recognize the need to study them in their manifold aspects and in an integrated way – as carriers of texts, works of art, monuments of culture, heritage of the past and material objects. The manuscripts we study come from various collections, such as Warsaw University Library, the National Library in Warsaw, departmental libraries and many other archives in Poland and abroad.
SIGLUM is an inclusive group, open to new people, projects and areas of research. We would like the manuscript studies to be a vital part of the academic universe. We hope that everyone who has thus far worked independently will join us so that SIGLUM can become a prominent research unit at the University of Warsaw. If you want to join us let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A collaborative volume Bon and Naxi Manuscripts, edited by Agnieszka Helman-Ważny and Charles Rumble, which is the result of workshops at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures in 2016-2022, was published by De Gruyter in 2023. This is ‘the first primarily object-based study on the cultural history and technology of books from the Tibetan Bon and Naxi Dongba traditions’ which ‘discusses the relationship between text and image, writing materials, and the historical and archaeological context of the manuscripts’ places of origin.’ (CSMC news). The volume is available as open access and can be downoalded from the publisher’s website.
A webinar on the themes of Chaucer Here and Now will take place on Thursday 14 March 2024 at 5pm–6pm GMT (6pm-7pm CET) via Zoom. Professor Marion Turner will talk about manuscripts and printed books from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first and discuss some of the ways in which readers of Chaucer have responded to and reimagined Chaucer’s works. The webinar will feature some of the Bodleian’s treasures shown under the visualiser. This event takes place online via Zoom. Tickets are free, and booking is required via Bodleian Library events.
The Liturgica Poloniae Project and the Research Group for the Study of Manuscripts SIGLUM kindly invite you to a lecture What is a Bible Missal by Innocent Smith OP (Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC). The meeting will take place on Friday, 23th February at 5.00-6.30 p.m. (CET) via Teams (link). A brief note on the talk is given below.