John Gillis, Senior Conservator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at Trinity College holding a copy of the Book of Kells in his studio.
John Gillis, Senior Conservator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at Trinity College

Next week: How the Book was made

Well done for reaching the end of Week 1 of our course. We hope you have enjoyed the videos and articles about the history of the Book of Kells.

Next week we will be exploring how the Book of Kells was made including:

  • The scriptorium: Where the Book could have been made
  • Scribes: Who illustrated the Book
  • Problems in making the Book
  • Preparing the parchment for script and painting
  • How the Book was bound
  • The use of vellum
  • Pigments and calligraphy

You will get a chance to try out some of the most well-known illustrations and calligraphy of the Book, and share them with other learners.

Join us in Week 2!

Share this article:

This article is from the free online course:

The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece

Trinity College Dublin

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: