CMS staff in The New York Times

Dr Lydia Zeldenrust reached an international audience last week helping a New York Times reporter explore the mystery behind a German tote bag.

The bag in question, sold in Hugendubel, one of Germany’s largest bookstore chains, shows a Gothic script, and a red logo – but no one was entirely sure what the text said, if anything. Dr Zeldenrust helped identify isolated Middle Dutch or Low German words in the design, but there was no overarching meaning.

You can read the full article here.

Lecture by Richard McClary available online

The British Institute of Persian Studies has made Dr Richard McClary’s lecture: The rediscovery of mina’i wares and the fiction of completion: 13th century polychrome Iranian ceramics and their reception in the 20th century available to listen to for free on their website

Richard McClary is one of the most recent additions to our CMS family, having started at the University in 2018. Based in the Department of History of Art, he works on Medieval Islamic architecture and Iranian ceramics.