Second year students at the University Library’s Special Collections

UGs in special collections Jamie PageOn 2 December, thirty-five students of the sub-honours module ME2003: Europe in the High Middle Ages enjoyed a day of sessions dedicated to viewing manuscripts from the St Andrews University Special Collections‘ extensive collection. The sessions, organised by Muniments Archivist and Deputy Head of Special Collections Rachel Hart and Dr Jamie Page, allowed students to handle original mediaeval material, including a volume of Augustine’s works written in St Andrews ca. 1190, a fourteenth-century Roll of Kings discovered recently in the attic of a professor of the University, and fifteenth-century commercial documents from Germany and Italy recently acquired at auction. Participants also retraced the steps of their forbears by leafing through textbooks of philosophy penned by early students in St Andrews – though were glad not to be facing the oral disputations endured by their fifteenth-century predecessors.  Regular updates on activities taking place in Special Collections are posted on the departmental blog, Echoes from the Vault, also accessible via the newly-launched website.

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With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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