The Rahr Foundation’s grant will support the digitization of medieval and early modern manuscripts not microfilmed as part of the original microfilm preservation project. During a recent visit to Malta in September 2014, Dr. Daniel K. Gullo, the Joseph S. Micallef Curator of The Malta Study Center, and the Cathedral’s archivist, Monsignor John Azzopardi, recognized the need to preserve the numerous individual parchments, manuscript codices, and other valuable documents found in the collection.
“The medieval records of Malta are few in comparison to the period after the occupation of the island by the Order of Saint John of the Hospital,” said Dr. Gullo. “Several documents, especially those of Kings Alfonso V and Ferdinand II of Aragón, record the relationship between the island and the Crown of Aragón prior to the arrival of the Knights to Malta in 1530.” The manuscripts include two 12th-century illuminated Aquitanian liturgical music manuscripts, several manuscript codices with liturgical works, sermons, and music, and many royal letters, papal documents, and charters.
Support from the Rahr Foundation will bring these documents to the world’s scholars for the very first time in digital format, forming part of HMML’s commitment to the preservation of manuscript culture. The project will begin in February 2015 and be completed over three-year’s time. Watch HMML’s web and social media sites, and biannual issues of Melitensia for updates on the project.
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