We had a visit this week from various early medievalists from the University of Leicester who came to see some of our Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, as well as the early medieval coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Several of the group were part of the ground-breaking interdisciplinary project, The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain: evidence, memories, inventions. Although some of them are scholars of early medieval history or historical linguistics and thus very familiar with our manuscripts, other members of the team have backgrounds in population genetics, social psychology and archaeology. Looking at our manuscripts and understanding the context in which they were made, written, read and circulated plays a part in their wider investigations into British history and identity in the first millennium AD.
The project started in January 2011 and runs for 5 years.