Raising Glasney Lecture

  • Fri 22 May 16:00      Glasney College Field                        Free booking advised

Raising Glasney Lecture by Medieval cultural historian Michelle Brown with intervention by artist, Lori Diggle.

In the 750th year of the founding of Glasney College, the fourth annual Raising Glasney Lecture will be held outdoors, on the site of the former college in Penryn.

Cornish, communion, community: The Ordinalia as celebration of Cornwall’s place in the bigger picture

In this talk medieval cultural historian Michelle Brown will explore how the book known as the Cornish Ordinalia, made at Glasney in the volatile 14th century, used play, drama, language and image to bring those dwelling in Cornwall to consider the meaning of their individual and collective life journeys and how to locate them within wider dimensions of time and space.

Michelle Brown FSA lives in Sennen, W. Penwith. She is an independent scholar / author and Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London (where she still lectures in book history). She is a Visiting Professor at Universlty College London and Baylor University (Texas) and PhD supervisor, University of the Arts (Falmouth). She was formerly the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, British Library, and Lay Canon / Chapter Member at St Paul’s Cathedral. A broadcaster and author of many academic and popular history books, she has just published her first novel under the pen-name Michelle Treeve.

The lecture will be followed by an artist intervention called Trevisa Cake! by artist, Lori Diggle, a doctoral researcher at Falmouth University. Lori says:
“I make images, objects, texts and soundscapes about particular sites and particular historical figures – on the edge of what can be reliably ‘known’ about them. At the moment I’m using the site of Glasney College and the figure of John Trevisa, a medieval translator and Cornishman, who was probably educated at Glasney, to explore ideas about place, history and memory.”


The Raising Glasney annual lecture series was created by Dr Misha Myers and Dr Simon Persighetti at Falmouth University, in collaboration with the Mayor of Penryn, and was formulated in order to celebrate Cornish cultural practices and the legacy of Glasney College. Previous speakers have been Dr Alan M Kent, Dr Merv Davey, Will Coleman and Val Diggle.

The Raising Glasney Lecture is supported by AMATA, Falmouth University