Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Alfred Denny Museum

February 22, 2013
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The Alfred Denny Museum

Since opening its doors to students in 1905, the Alfred Denny Zoology Museum at Sheffield University remained a largely unknown cabinet of curiosities in the north of England – Until September 2012, when it opened to the public, and delights such as Arthur the Half-Hedgehog, fossilised flying dinousaurs, the Terror Bird and a model skull…

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The Life of Edward the Confessor

February 17, 2013
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The Life of Edward the Confessor

The only known illustrated copy of the Life of St. Edward the Confessor (1003-05 – 1066), written in England c1230-1240, is held by Cambridge University. Considered a masterpiece of mid-13th-century English illumination, the text is a hagiography describing Edward’s life, visions and miracles, his patronage of Westminster Abbey, how his rule benefited the people of…

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John Dee’s Mirror

February 8, 2013
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John Dee’s Mirror

Made from obsidian and used by him for what he called “angelic communications”, John Dee’s mirror did no small amount of damage to the reputation of a man who, in his day, was celebrated across Europe for his scientific knowledge. Said to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Prospero and JK Rowling’s Professor Dumbledore, English…

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