Vanessa Wilkie is William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History at The Huntington.

Maps that Scholars (and Goonies) Treasure

In the early 1980s, Mary Robertson, then chief curator of manuscripts, had an unusual meeting with a film production designer. Robertson was used to talking with people about the wonders and mysteries within The Huntington’s vast and renowned collections. But this man had an odd request—he wanted to see real … Continue reading

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

The Huntington’s Ellesmere Chaucer, an illuminated manuscript produced around the year 1400, is the most handsome extant version of The Canterbury Tales in the world. Many scholars believe Geoffrey Chaucer oversaw some of its production. If you’ve ever read The Canterbury Tales, then chances are the version you read was … Continue reading