Cult, Church, City: Medieval St Andrews exhibition and the Hardyng Map

Monday 7 March 2022

The Institute of Scottish Historical Research’s Professor Michael Brown and Dr Bess Rhodes have curated the exhibition ‘Cult, Church, City: Medieval St Andrews’, which is being held at the Wardlaw Museum from 20 February to 3 July 2022. As part of the British Library’s Treasures on Tour, the Hardyng Map will be on display until 3 July 2022. See below for a podcast about medieval St Andrews, which accompanies the exhibition, as well as a panel.

‘St Andrews in the medieval period was Scotland’s religious capital, the seat of its first archbishop, a major site of pilgrimage and a centre of learning.

It was a city that lost much through the destruction of the Reformation, but some things have survived.

This exhibition brings together unique and often dazzling artworks, artefacts, manuscripts and books in St Andrews for the first time in nearly 500 years, telling the story of a town and time that can now only be glimpsed.

Created by Professor Michael Brown and Dr Bess Rhodes, experts in the field, it is complemented by amazing virtual reconstructions of the town and its buildings, showing the cathedral in all its glory, the castle before it was looted and the University as it could only be imagined.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of events and experiences that enable visitors to dive deeper into the St Andrews of the medieval period.’



The Curiosity Conversation: Cult, Church, City: Medieval St Andrews: Professor Michael Brown and Dr Bess Rhodes in conversation with the University of St Andrews

Critical Conversation: The Hardyng Map and Scottish Independence: Professor Michael Brown and Daniel Leaver in Critical Conversation with the Wardlaw Museum

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