Archives, Materials and Methods at the University of Virginia

The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library houses an array of medieval and Reformation materials and provides space for seminars on paleography, codicology, and the history of the book.

The Rare Book School, located in the basement of Alderman Library, offers intensive summer courses (many held at UVA) on the history of written, printed and digital materials, attracting students, scholars, and members of the book trade from across the country.

Research Groups, Communities for Discussion and Exchange

The Premodern Group at UVA is a gathering of faculty and students who come together to explore salient issues of antiquity and the Middle Ages (variously construed) within a global context.

The English Department Medieval Colloquium is a fortnightly, informal gathering of grad students and faculty to discuss each other’s work on English literature.

The Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshops provide an informal, interdisciplinary venue for presentations of work in progress by students, faculty, and visiting scholars, and for discussion of developments in the recent archaeological literature.

Past and Present Digital Medieval Projects at the University of Virginia

The Medieval French Hagiography Project (founded by Amy Ogden in the Department of French) is devoted to the organization, editing, and study of Old French saints’ lives.

The World of Dante (sponsored by Deborah Parker in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese) offers a hypermedia environment for the study and teaching of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The Electronic Introduction to Old English (authored and designed by Peter Baker in the Department of English) provides an in-depth on-line tutorial in the basics of Old English language and grammar.

The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive (founded and directed by Hoyt Duggan of the Department of English) is a hypermedia textual archive devoted to the study and interpretation of William Langland’s great poem Piers Plowman.

St. Gall Plan Project aims to reconstruct the medieval Plan of St. Gall, the earliest preserved and most extraordinary visualization of a building complex produced in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Music in Charlottesville

The Early Music Ensemble (directed by Paul Walker) is both a for-credit course in the Department of Music and an ensemble that regularly performs music of the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.

The Zephyrus Early Music Ensemble and the Zephyrus Medieval Quartet are community performance ensembles that hold regular concerts featuring the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.


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