The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lyme Caxton Missal Goes on Public Display Thanks to Art Fund Help
James Rothwell, National Trust Curator, with the original Missal and its 21st century 'digital' counterpart - which uses cutting edge 'Turning Pages' technology to enable visitors to access the book.

LONDON.- From 24 July, visitors to the National Trust's Lyme Park in Cheshire will be able to turn the pages of a remarkable 15th century book using the latest digital technology. The book, entitled The Lyme Caxton Missal, is the sole surviving copy of an exceptionally early printed prayer book, the 'Sarum Missal', published by William Caxton in 1487.

Thanks to the generous assistance of The Heritage Lottery Fund, independent charity The Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and many other organisations and individuals, the National Trust acquired the missal last year.

The Missal was used by priests for Mass and the orders of worship from daily prayers to wedding and funeral services. It was one of the first books to be printed in two colours, red and black, which was cutting-edge technology at the time, and the first to use Caxton’s famous woodcut printer’s device.

In Lyme Park’s spectacular library, visitors will be able to view the unique Missal, with its stunning hand-coloured illustrations and fascinating notes and annotations, alongside a cutting-edge digital version. This brings this amazing book to life using the latest version of the British Library’s award-winning ‘Turning Pages’ technology.

James Rothwell, National Trust Curator for Lyme Park said:

“The Missal was very much a ‘working’ book in daily use – the ‘internet’ of its day for priests - and gives us a fascinating window across 500 years of English history. However, it’s not only a religious prayer book, but contains many handwritten annotations in the margins of its pages which give us more intimate glimpses of the thoughts and aspirations of its owners, the Legh family of Lyme across the centuries.

Today’s digital technology also means we can ‘hear’ the 15th century through listening to specially recorded passages from the Missal text being sung. Music was an integral part of the Sarum rite, and the plainchant in the Missal would have been sung by a priest. The use of Missals such as these were banned in 1549, under Edward VI – so to be able to hear today what people at Lyme would have heard over 500 years ago is a fantastically potent way of connecting with the past”.

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said:
"As the earliest printed text that bears Caxton’s trademark, the Lyme Sarum Missal represents an important historic record of the development of printing, whilst within its pages the revisions and annotations illustrate the huge impact the reformation had on people of the time. Thanks to our funding, the National Trust will be able to give more people the opportunity to explore and enjoy this wonderful heritage treasure - both now, and for many generations to come."

Andrew Macdonald, Acting Director of The Art Fund said:
“The Lyme Missal is a beautiful work of art and it gives us an extraordinary insight into religious life in 15th century Pre-Reformation England. The Art Fund is delighted to have helped return this remarkable book to its original home in Lyme Park”.

To celebrate the return of the Missal to Lyme Park, and as part of an ongoing project to make rooms in its houses more accessible to visitors, the National Trust decided to recreate the 19th century décor of the library at Lyme Park as it would have been when the Missal was rediscovered and put on display. This has so far included the re-decoration of the library’s plaster ceiling to look like it is made of oak, and commissioning new gaufraged velvet for the upholstery and library curtains from a specialist textile company, LELIEVRE in France, which used specially commissioned rollers to produce the pattern on the fabric based on the original 1840s design in the library. Much of the work is being done in front of visitors to the house.

The final pieces in the restoration jigsaw will include the copying of original furniture for use by visitors and the re-papering of the library walls with authentic replica wallpaper based on original fragments discovered in the room, and from imprints of the earlier design left on the wall. This is planned to take place over the coming autumn/winter period and will be completed in time for the 2010 opening season.

David Morgan, General Manager of Lyme Park said: "We’re delighted that the Missal can now be seen and enjoyed in the splendid setting of the library. The careful and painstaking work to restore the room to its 19th century appearance is still continuing and provides a fascinating insight into the Trust’s work and the traditional techniques of its craftsmen. The library is already a really welcoming place where visitors can sit down and read a book – and simply enjoy the room.

The return of the Missal to Lyme Park has not only re-united an historic book with its original setting - it has also ensured that both the book and the library are now accessible to the public in ways never before possible".

The Legh family of Lyme Park [2] owned the Missal from soon after it was printed in the late 15th century, but for many years the book was hidden away, only to be rediscovered by a visiting scholar to Lyme in the late 19th century, when the Missal was put on display in the library. It was removed from the house by the family in 1946, to return when the National Trust acquired it last year.

Lyme Park house is open Friday – Tuesday, 11am – 5pm until 1 November. The gardens and park are open daily.

Art Fund | The Heritage Lottery Fund | National Trust's Lyme Park | Cheshire | Missal |

Today's News

July 18, 2009

Hermann Obrist: Sculpture, Space and Abstraction Opens at Pinakothek der Moderne

Beijing Stadium Wins Royal Institute of British Architects' Lubetkin Prize

Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans Appointed Tate Trustees

David Byrne Presents the UK Premier of his Interactive Sound Installation

Lyme Caxton Missal Goes on Public Display Thanks to Art Fund Help

Scholarly Detective Work Recovers Lost Burlington House Commodes

ZKM Presents Part 2 of Exhibition Dedicated to the History of German Video Art

Major Painting by Nicholaos Gysis to Lead Sotheby's November Greek Sale in London

Ex-aid Specialist to Lead Museum of London Communications Team

Carnegie Museum of Art Opens Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project, Part Three

Frye Art Museum Brings The Old, Weird America to Seattle

Filmmaker Philip Haas Presents His New Films Commissioned by the Kimbell Art Museum

PAFA Faculty Win 1st and 2nd Place in Grand Central Academy of Art Sculpture Competition

Lights Removed from Mexico's Teotihuacan Pyramids

National Museum of American History Acquires George Washington Letter

Smithsonian Announces Archives of American Art Medal Recipients

SCOPE Art Show Inaugurates Its First Curatorial Committee

National Gallery of Victoria Opens Draw the Line: the Architecture of LAB

Filmmakers Nakamura, Ishizuka, Lin, Esaki to Discuss Watase Media Arts Center

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Related Stories

Rachel Whiteread's Tree of Life voted best loved work of art of 2012 in a poll of museum goers

Art Fund and National Trust Campaign to Save Brueghel Reaches £2.7 Million Target

Donations to Save an Iconic Old Master Painting by Pieter Brueghel Approach £1.4 Million

Staffordshire Hoard Scoops 'Acquisition of the Year' at Apollo Magazine Awards

Unveiled: New Weiner Art Commission for mima through Art Fund International

Rare Vintage Photograph by Roger Fenton Saved for Bradford's National Media Museum

New Works by Grayson Perry to Go on Show in Manchester

The Work of Alex Katz Travels to North Wales as Part of 2010 Artist Rooms Tour

Rare 15th Century Manuscript Returned to National Trust's Lyme Park

Chaired by Michael Portillo, Art Fund Prize Judging Panel Announced for 2011

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful