Past News and Events

Sceller la conquête normande de l’Italie du Sud (XIe-XIIe siècles)

The Archives Nationales, Paris and the Société française d’héraldique et de sigillographie present a lecture by Guilhem Dorandeu, PhD student at l’université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Archives Nationales «Salle d’alba?tre» du CARAN, 11, rue des Quatre Fils, Paris 75003

Entry from 17:00, limited places available.

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08 Oct 2017

Matrice et signum. La croix dans la culture médiévale occidentale: histoire de l'art et anthropologie

This event, held at the Galerie Colbert, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris 14-16 June 2017, considers the role of the cross in the Middle Ages as both stamp and sign. Run in partnership with the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Technische Universität Dresden et l’Institut Universitaire de France - Centre Georges - Chevrier UMR 7366 (Dijon).

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Thomas Frederick Tout and Seals

Dr John McEwan (St Louis University) and Professor Mark Ormrod will be speaking on the work of Thomas Frederick Tout on seals at the upcoming conference Thomas Frederick Tout: Refashioning History in the 20th Century at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London 9-10 June 2017.

Download a copy of the provisional programme (PDF, 433KB)

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30 April 2017

4th International Round Table of Seal Conservators

The report of the latest meeting of seal conservators at the Archives Nationales, Paris, on 16 June 2016 is now available through the website.

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15 Jan 2017

Provenance and Season of Production of Beeswax

There has been much discussion recently in SIGILLVM about the wax used for sealing. In this article Anton Zeven explains how the composition of surviving beeswax might hold the clue to location and season of its production.                                       

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14 Nov 2016

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is currently hosting an exhibition on opus anglicanum, highly-prized medieval embroidery, which survives through a variety of vestments and objects. Among the items on display are seal bags, embroidered with decorative motifs and arms.

The exhibition runs until 5 February 2017. Tickets start at £12.00, with concessions available.

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29 Oct 2016

Un grand sceau dans l’histoire de la Touraine

A study day on 18 October 2016, 14:00-18:00 at the Hôtel du Département, Tours. This event marks the restoration of the ancient great seal to the charter of Louis le Pieux from 837.

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10 Oct 2016

Review of new book on coins and seals

A review by Marie-Adélaïde Nielen of a new book on coins and seals, edited by Susan Solway has been published on the website for the journal Francia-Recensio (2016/2).

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01 August 2016

News and events from the Société française d'héraldique et de sigillographie (SFHS)

The Société française d'héraldique et de sigillographie (SFHS) has several lectures each year on seals. An upcoming talk by Ewa Kozaczkiewicz, « À propos des sceaux de chanoines polonais », is scheduled for 19 May 2016.

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20 April 2016

Silver seal matrix acquired by the Manx Museum, Douglas

The Manx Museum, Douglas, on the Isle of Man has recently acquired a silver seal matrix for its collections with the assistance of the Art Fund in the UK. The matrix was found on the island several years ago, and is ecclesiastical, suggested by the two figures facing outwards and a third kneeling figure and a legend that refers to St German and St Patrick. The matrix has been dated to 1315-1330, and was found close to a gold ring on the same site.

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01 April 2016

New publication on forensic and anthropological analysis of human hairs in seals

Philippe Charlier, Marie-Adélaïde Nielen, Anaïs Augias, Agnès Prévost, Raphaël Weil and Britta McMullan-Weitzel have published a new article in Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology on forensic and anthropological analysis of human hairs in Merovingian and Carolingian royal seals.

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14 March 2016

Richard Rawlinson and His Seal Matrices

The Rawlinson collection of seal matrices in the University of Oxford is the most important early collection of European seal matrices to survive. Created by Dr Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755) in the first half of the eighteenth century, it consists of 830 matrices ranging in date from the 13th to the early 18th century.

This book, written by John Cherry for the Ashmolean Museum, has four introductory chapters which set the scene for the collecting of seal matrices, tell the life of Richard Rawlinson and Giovanni Andrea Lorenzani, analyse their collections and relate the history of the collection after Rawlinson's death in 1755.

One hundred seals, all illustrated, are described in detail, with much unpublished data, and an indication is given of the contribution they make to the sigillography of the different countries.

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8 March 2016

Discovery of Hairs in Merovingian Seals

Agnès Prévost of the Archives Nationales, Paris, has published the results of a study into hairs found embedded in the wax of Merovingian seals. The article can be found on the website Sciences et Avenir.

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08 March 2016



New additions to the Rassweiler Collection online

7 new matrices and seals have been added to the Rassweiler Collection Online for February 2016. The medieval matrices and seals home page carousel now displays 7 images of these recently uploaded items. The Catalogues menu includes 2 options related to accessing the new additions directly:

1)      Catalogue by… Recently added items only

2)      Catalogue by... Item Number…  List new items only

22 Feb 2016

Colloque international "Circulations juridiques et pratiques culturelles en Europe au Moyen Âge (XIIIe – XVe siècle) - Medieval Europe in Motion 3" - Lisboa 25-27 février 2016

Poster of medieval conferenceLe colloque international Medieval Europe in Motion 3 poursuit la série de rencontres scientifiques inaugurée en 2013 par l’Institut d’Études Médiévales (IEM) de l’Université Nouvelle de Lisbonne sur la thématique des mobilités artistiques et culturelles en Europe au Moyen Âge.  L’objectif principal de ce nouveau colloque, en continuité thématique avec les deux éditions précédentes, est d’analyser les phénomènes de circulation et de mobilité des élites lettrées (clercs, universitaires, praticiens), des enlumineurs, des manuscrits, des textes, des modèles artistiques et des idées liés à la pratique du droit dans le territoire européen avec une attention particulière pour les contrées méridionales (péninsule Ibérique, France du Midi et Italie).

La recherche qui soutien l'idée de ce colloque derive du projet de post-doctorat de Maria Alessandra Bilotta, qui vise à mettre en évidence les liens artistiques et culturels entre le Portugal et le reste de l'Europe, avec un accent particulier sur les manuscrits juridiques des régions du sud (de la péninsule ibérique, sud de la France et de la péninsule italienne).  

COMITE D’ORGANISATION Maria Alessandra Bilotta (IEM-FCSH-UNL) – Coordinatrice Francisco José Díaz Marcilla (IEM-FCSH-UNL) – Organisateur Mario Farelo (IEM-FCSH-UNL) – Organisateur  

SECRETARIAT D’ORGANISATION : Anabel Moreno (Universidad de Girona – TEMPLA)

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22 Feb 2016

Les Sciences à l'heure médiévale

A podcast from Les Rendez-vous de l’histoire featuring Agnes Prevost discussing methods of scientific investigation and conservation of historical documents and seals.

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22 Feb 2016

Call for papers: 4th international Round Table of seal conservators, Paris, 16 June 2016. Collections of seals: materials and storage

The 4th international Round Table of seal conservators will take place in Paris on 16 June 2016. It is being organised jointly by the Archives nationales and by Sigillvm, the international society for the study of seals. Offering opportunities for meeting and exchanging information with colleagues, the international Round Tables on seals are occasions for getting to know more about European collections of seals and for setting up co-operation between specialists

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01 Feb 2016

Imprint Project (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) – University of Lincoln and Aberystwyth University

Medieval seals were the equivalent of modern-day signatures in legal terms, but unlike signatures, the combination of image and text enabled their owners to represent themselves in a certain way. By the fourteenth century men and women across society owned and used seal matrices; some were bespoke and some bought off the shelf – but all were necessary to validate any legal document with which the seal’s owner was connected. Now, in the first project of its kind, Imprint will merge cutting-edge forensic techniques with traditional historical investigation to analyse the fingerprints and palm prints found on the back of wax seals, leading to new discoveries about social constructs and legal practices of the time, as well as provide data which will help current identity science experts.

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01 Feb 2016

Book launch at Seals and Status 800-1700 conference

Two new publications were launched at the recent Seals and Status 800-1700 conference at the British Museum (4-6 December 2015).

Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power, edited by Professor Susan Solway (DePaul University), is published by Brepols.

Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England, by Dr Jessica Berenbeim (Oxford University), is published by the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.

09 Dec 2015




Digitization Workshop at the British Museum

Members of Sigillvm met at the Study Room of the British Museum in London on the 3 December 2015 following the group's Board Meeting.

Recent cataloguing projects, digital photography and bibliographic data were presented by Lloyd de Beer (British Museum), Marc Libert (State Archives of Belgium, Brussels) and John McEwan (St Louis University).

Further information on how Sigillvm members can contribute to these projects will be available soon.

09 Dec 2015

Call for papers International Medieval Meeting Lleida 2016

6th International Medieval Meeting Lleida 2016

20-22 June 2016


Enrolment open for papers and sessions from 1 December 2015 until 18 March 2016

Enrolment open for attendees from 1 December 2015 until 27 May 2016

The 6th International Medieval Meeting Lleida takes place in Lleida from 20-22 June 2016. It's organised by Grup de Recerca Consolidat en Estudis Medievals "Espai, Poder i Cultura" (Universitat de Lleida). The participants can present sessions and individual papers on different aspects of research in the history of the Middle Ages or sessions dedicated to the promotion and management of research, the application of new technologies in the Humanities and the promotion of historical heritage. Furthermore, there will be important presentations concerning the publication and dissemination of research in medieval history. These events will take place in our university, located in the medieval city of Lleida, where you will be able to enjoy a wide range of cultural and leisure activities.

Further information is available from the website:    


09 Dec 2015

38,000 seal casts now online at the State Archives of Belgium

The National Archives of Belgium has one of the largest collection of seal casts in the world. Until recently, some 38,000 casts and descriptions were only available for consultation in the reading room of the National Archives of Belgium, but now the entire collection is available on the institution's website.

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21 Oct 2015

Lecture on the BIBALE database at the Archives nationales, Paris, 15 October 2015

Hanno WIJSMAN (CNRS-IRHT) and Hélène LOYAU will present on 'BIBALE (IRHT- CNRS) : les marques de propriété et l’héraldique du livre', from the Section of codicology, history of libraries and heraldry of the Institute for research and history of the texts (IRHT).

Venue: Salle d'albâtre des Archives nationales, entrée rue des Quatre fils. 75003, Paris.

Date and time: 15 October 2015, before 17:00.

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11 Oct 2015




Seals and Status 800-1700 - conference booking now open

Jointly organised by the British Museum and Sigillvm, this three-day international conference aims to foster a discussion about seals and status concentrating on three broad themes: seals and social status, seals and institutional status, and the status of seals as objects. Booking is now open through the British Museum.

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06 Oct 2015



Video on Seal Tomography from the Archives départementales de Seine-Maritime

The Archives départementales de Seine-Maritime have released a video of investigation into the material and internal structure of seal impressions of the archbishops of Rouen from the 12th century.

27 Sept 2015

Russian Bale Seals Website

The PeaceHavens Project website provides information on finds of Russian bale seals and lead trading tokens from the 18th and 19th centuries. These seals were attached to shipments of flax plants exported from Russia to mills in the north of England and Scotland.

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27 Sept 2015

New forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals

Imprint: A forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals is a major new UK Arts & Humanities Research Council funded research project combining forensics and historical analysis of fingerprints on medieval wax seals. Working alongside forensics experts, the project team will consider how information about the finger and hand prints deposited on the back of medieval wax seals  develops our understanding of networks of power, exchange and authority, the performative act of sealing as ritual, and legal and administrative developments. The forensic scientists will also be using the data to test ideas of the viability of prints over time, identifying overlaid sets of prints, and the uniqueness of prints.

20 Sept 2015

Seals and Status 800-1700 - British Museum Friday 4 to Sunday 6 December 2015

The themes for this conference, organised jointly by Sigillvm and the British Museum, will focus on:

  1. Seals and Social status
  2. Seals and Institutional status
  3. Seals as objects

The event will be only conference to focus on sigillography in the UK in the last three years, and Sigillvm and the British Museum hopes it will follow and build on the success of the 2012 conference on the topic of 'Seals and their context in the Middle Ages' (University of Aberystwyth, April 2012). The organisers Lloyd de Beer, John Cherry and Dr. Jessica Berenbeim are currently preparing the full programme for release in September. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Professor Brigitte Bedos-Rezak; Professor Sandy Heslop; Dr. Adrian Ailes and Professor David Crouch. The conference will be advertised and promoted through the British Museum website, and application for a place should be made through the British Museum website after September.

12 Aug 2015

New additions to the Rassweiler Collection online

18 new matrices and seals have been added to the Rassweiler Collection Online. The medieval matrices and seals home page carousel displays 7 random images from these recently uploaded items.

The Catalogues menu includes 2 new options related to accessing the new additions directly:

1) Catalogue by… Recently added items only

2) Catalogue by... Item Number… List new items only

08 Aug 2015

Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2015

Sigillum Board visits the Belgian State Archives

The Board of Sigillvm met at the Belgian State Archives in Brussels, hosted by Dr Marc Libert, on 29 May 2015.

A visit was also arranged to the conservation section of the Archives to view current work on the conservation and recording of seal matrices.

03 June 2015

800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

15 June marks the 800th anniversary of the agreement of King John of England called the Great Charter of Liberties, or Magna carta libertatum. Professor Paul Harvey discusses the commonly held belief that Magna Carta was signed by the king, tracing instead the practice of sealing for authentication, rather than the sign manual (signature).

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18 May 2015

Service des Sceaux reopened at the Archives Nationales, Paris

The department of sigillography at the Archives Nationales, Paris, is now installed at the CARAN (Centre d'accueil et de recherche des Archives nationales), rue des Quatre Fils, Paris. On 7 April 2015, Clément Blanc (département du Moyen Âge et de l'Ancien Régime) presented on the research and consultation possibilities for the sigillographic collections.

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Rassweiler Collection Online

The private collection of Dr John Rassweiler of medieval seal matrices is now available to view online. The pictures and available data are being presented to the public for use in educational and research projects; and to stimulate those with related medieval interests in art, history, religion and life styles, to consider using these very personal possessions of the common people of the medieval times.

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18 Feb 2015

Recent seal matrix finds in England published

An article by Anni Byard and Clive Cheeseman on the seal matrix of Fulk Fitzwarin [PAS BERK-FDCFD2] appears in The Coat of Arms, autumn 2014, no. 228, third series, vol. X, part 2, pp. 120-121, published by The Heraldry Society

Short notes appear in the same volume (pp. 113-4) on a post medieval gold signet ring found in the Tarvin area of Cheshire [PAS LVPL-BE9E74], (there is a discussion of the identification of the arms by Becky Dobson), a post medieval seal matrix found at Beckermet, Cumberland [PAS LANCUM-8C4924](discussion of heraldry by Stuart Noon), and a silver seal matrix by made by Hester Bateman [PAS WILT-4CB7B3] found at Poole Keynes, Gloucestershire, and dated to between 1760-90.

15 Jan 2015 

Seals and Status 800-1700 - Call for Papers

A call for papers has been released for a conference at the British Museum 4-6 December 2015 on the subject of seals and status.

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06 Jan 2015

Over 30,000 seal casts now available online

The State Archives of Belgium in Brussels has made the Laurent catalogue of seal casts available online for the first time. The online database is searchable and contains digital photographs of the items in the collection.

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04 Jan 2015

New educational resources online from the British Museum

Educational resources on medieval seals and badges have been made available by the British Museum online.

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04 Jan 2015

Portable Antiquities Scheme (UK)

Broken equestrian seal matrix  BERK-FDCFD2.

This new Find in 2014 is an incomplete medieval copper alloy circular seal matrix of Fulk III FitzWarin, Lord of Whitington, Shropshire. The seal is inscribed SIGILLUM F[ULCONIS FIL]II WARINI (seal of Fulk Fitz Warin). The seal matrix is large with a diameter of c.54mm. The engraving in extremely good condition bears the image of a helmeted knight (FitzWarin) on horseback, charging right with shield in left hand and sword raised behind body in the right. The image is so well detailed that chainmail, folds in the surcoat, shield and swordbelt strap and the slit and grill in the helmet are all clearly visible. On the shield can be seen half of the blazon of FitzWarin's arms, Quarterly per fess indented argent and gules. The reverse of the matrix is plain and undecorated with several scratches caused post-deposition. The matrix was found in Berkshire but Fulk III FitzWarin was Lord of Whittington in Shropshire. Adrian Ailes (of the TNA) has commented ‘An impression of a seal of a Fulk FitWarin exists in The National Archives attached to a release dated 5 August 1258 (TNA E 40/6195), but the relationship of this to the newly found seal is needs explanation’. For this see the publication in the next Coat of Arms, by Clive Cheeseman, Adrian Ailes and Anni Byard . The Coat of Arms is the Journal of the Heraldry Society see

A full description by Anni Byard, Finds Liaison Officer, can be found on the Portable Antiquities Scheme Website using the reference BERK-FDCFD2.

18 Dec 2014

New catalogue from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has published the catalogue Matrices des Sceaux du Moyen Âge, Département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques by Ambre Vilain.  It includes 1021 matrices. This collection in the Bibliothèque Nationale is one of the largest collections of seal matrices in Europe. It contains matrices from all levels of society from the Queen Constance of Castile to the shoemaker, from the University of Paris to the Bishop of Squillace, (Italy), from the Chartreuse de Miraflores to the Lady Dauphine de Broc. Everyone interested in medieval seal matrices should read it.

It is obtainable form the Service Commercial of the BnF, Quai Francois Mauriac, 75706 Paris, Cedex 13.

18 Dec 2014

Recent sales

At the Time Lines sale in London on Thursday 4 December 2014, Lot 0744, the extraordinarily high price of £125,000 was realised for a copper alloy seal matrix for the Coket of Dunfermline abbey in Scotland.

The double seal matrix of the Cocket of Dunfermline Abbey was engraved in 1322 when the King Robert the Bruce confirmed the grant of the Great Custom of Wool, Skins and Leather to the Abbey of Dunfermline. The obverse depicts St Margaret, founder and benefactress of the Abbey between two shields, one bearing the royal arms of Scotland and the other the arms of Dunfermline Abbey. The reverse depicts the royal arms of Scotland.

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18 Dec 2014

New publication on the seals of the Kings of Jerusalem

A new book has been released by Hanns Eberhard Mayer and Claudia Sode, entitled Die Siegel der lateinischen Könige von Jerusalem. (Monumenta Germaniae Historica Schriften 66.) Weisbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, 2014. Pp. xxvi, 277; 44 black-and-white figures and 2 tables. ISBN: 978-3-447-10156-1.

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18 Dec 2014

Leeds International Medieval Congress 2015

Sigillvm has organised a session at this Congress which will be held from Monday July 6th to Thursday July 9th, 2015   The session (no. 1303)  will be called Old Seals : New Visions, and it will be chaired by Professor P D A Harvey and the three speakers will be Dr Matthew Sillence,  Laura Evans, and John Cherry.

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04 Dec 2015

Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2014

The Board of Sigillvm met at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, hosted by James Robinson on 4 July 2014.

A visit was also arranged to the General Register Office (part of the National Archives of Scotland) to view several seal impressions and casts from their collections.

01 Aug 2014

A curiosity of Merovingian and Carolingian sealing: the presence of hair in seals

Recent research, both historical and forensic work, has helped to highlight strange fibres in several royal seals of the Merovingian and Carolingian eras, which proved to be human hair.

Agnès Prevost discusses the findings in a video from the Archives Nationales, Paris.

9 Mar 2014

The Seals in Context: Medieval Wales and the Welsh Marches virtual exhibition

Seals in Medieval Wales project virtual exhibition, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, provides a first opportunity to share with a wider audience some of the exciting material gathered as part of the project. Among the main questions addressed by both the project and the exhibition are:

  • Who used seals in medieval Wales and the Marches and in what contexts?
  • What was the range of motifs and words employed on medieval Welsh and Marcher seals?
  • How can seals add to our understanding of how medieval people thought about and presented themselves?
  • What do seals reveal about family and lineage, power and politics, economy and exchange, women and gender and religious life in medieval Wales and the Marches?

Find out more at the exhibition site.

02 Feb 2014

Meeting in Budapest, Hungary October 2013

The Board of Sigillvm met at the Central European University, hosted by Professor Zsolt Hunyadi on 28 October 2013.

Professor Hunyadi also arranged a visit to the Hungarian National Archives to view a selection of magnificent medieval documents and their original seals.  The group was also invited to view the Kumorovitz seal cast collection at the Budapest History Museum.

Seals and Status 800-1700

Seals and status 800–1700

Friday 4 December – Sunday 6 December 2015

09.00 - 17.00 Stevenson Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, London 

Price: £50, Members/concessions £25

Jointly organised by the British Museum and Sigillvm, this three-day international conference aims to foster a discussion about seals and status concentrating on three broad themes: seals and social status, seals and institutional status, and the status of seals as objects. Keynote speakers will include Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, David Crouch, Sandy Heslop and Adrian Ailes.

Themed sessions will include images and cultural history, politics, power and people, and ownership, authority and function. Speakers will include Simon Keynes, Nicholas Vincent, John Cherry, Martin Henig, Jessica Berenbeim, Ambre Vilain and Annabel Gallop.

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This conference is generously supported by Dr John Rassweiler and organised collaboratively between the British Museum and Sigillvm with John Cherry and Jessica Berenbeim.

For more information, email ldebeer(at)

Please follow the link to the booking information

Please note: when booking a ticket for the Conference only the date 4 December will show during the booking process but any ticket purchased is for all three days

Leeds International Medieval Congress 2015

Sigillvm has organised a session at this Congress which will be held from Monday July 6th to Thursday July 9th, 2015   The session (no. 1303)  will be called Old Seals : New Visions, and it will be chaired by Professor P D A Harvey and the three speakers will be Dr Matthew Sillence,  Laura Evans, and John Cherry. The following is a summary of the session and its aims.

Seals had an important role in authenticating documents concerning transfers of land and property in the Middle Ages. This session on their nature and use in both town and country in England will begin with seals used by Norwich, and will show how the changes, and alterations of civic seals can assert authority through integrity and continuity. Seals from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, will show how those seals used by the Pitchford family reflect the social structures and networks that operated in a small market town. Finally the depiction of objects on seals will be considered in the light that they shed on the actual objects, and the names and professions, and social standing of those undertaking the sealing.  

Sigillvm is interested in sponsoring and organising at least two sessions in 2016. Anyone who wishes to contribute to or organise a session in 2016 should contact John Cherry at Jcherry58(at)

04 Dec 2015

Le sceau dans les Pays-Bas méridionaux (Xe-XVIe siècle) Entre contrainte sociale et affirmation de soi

Jeudi 27 et vendredi 28 novembre 2014 Bruxelles, Archives générales du Royaume, 10 rue de Ruysbroeck Namur, université de Namur, faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, 61 rue de Bruxelles, local L33              

Organisé par les Archives générales du Royaume (Bruxelles) et l’université de Namur (Centre de recherche « Pratique médiévale de l’écrit »)

Comité scientifique : Sébastien Dubois (Archives générales du Royaume, Bruxelles), Marc Gil (université Charles-De-Gaulle-Lille III), Marc Libert (Archives générales du Royaume, Bruxelles), Elizabeth New (Aberystwyth University), Marie-Adélaïde Nielen, (Archives nationales de France, Paris), Jean-François Nieus (Fonds national de la recherche scientifique-université de Namur), Karel Velle (Archives générales du Royaume, Bruxelles)

Comité d’organisation : Marc Libert et Jean-François Nieus.

Renseignements : marc.libert(at) ou jean-francois.nieus(at)  


Jeudi 27 novembre, Archives générales du Royaume

Les corpus sigillaires, de l’élaboration à la valorisation.

9 h 30. Karel Velle (Archives générales du Royaume) : Accueil

Marc Libert (Archives générales du Royaume) : Introduction de la journée

9 h 45. John Cherry (British Library) : Metal casts of seals. Some early impressions

10 h 10. Agnès Prévost (Archives nationales de France) : L’atelier Sceaux des Archives nationales de France : 150 ans de pratique et d’échanges avec les ateliers européens de moulage et de restauration de sceaux

10 h 35. Ekaterina Nosova (Institut d’histoire, Saint-Petersbourg) : La collection des moulages des sceaux occidentaux de l’académicien russe Nicolai Likhatchev (1863?1936) : la provenance et l’usage

11 h 00. Pause-café

11 h 15. Thérèse de Hemptinne et Lieve De Mey (Universiteit Gent) : Les sceaux des villes du comté de Flandre : la problématique de la réalisation et l’utilité d’un répertoire illustré

11 h 40. Jean-François Nieus (FNRS / Université de Namur) : La constitution d’un catalogue des plus anciens sceaux équestres (1066-1125) : un défi méthodologique

11 h 55. Discussion

12 h 15. Lunch

13 h 45. Marc Libert (Archives générales du Royaume) : La numérisation en 3D de la collection de matrices des Archives générales du Royaume

14 h 10. Laurent Hablot (Université de Poitiers / École française de Rome) : Le programme SIGILLA

14 h 35. Discussion

14 h 45. Pause-café

15 h 00. Les collections de moulages de sceaux : un outil de recherche au XXIe siècle. Table ronde animée par Jean-Luc Chassel (université Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense) et Jean-François Nieus (université de Namur).

16 h 30. Fin des travaux            

Vendredi 8 novembre, Université de Namur

Sceaux des « Pays-Bas méridionaux » et des régions voisines. Entre contrainte sociale et affirmation de soi

9 h 15. Jean-François Nieus (FNRS / Université de Namur) : Introduction de la journée

9 h 30. Jean-Luc Chassel (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense) : L’emblématique des femmes dans les sceaux des Pays-Bas méridionaux (XIIe-XIVe siècle)

9 h 55. Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani (PAI City and Society / université de Namur) : Appropriation et usage du sceau par l’aristocratie aux XIIe-XIIIe siècles : la diffusion de la pratique sigillaire au sein du groupe nobiliaire cambrésien

10 h 20. Elizabeth New (University Aberystwyth) : Foreign impressions ? The seals used by merchants and churchmen from the southern Netherlands while in England and Wales

10 h 55. Discussion

11 h 10. Pause-café

11 h 25. Marie-Adélaïde Nielen (Archives nationales de France) : Le corpus des diplômes mérovingiens et carolingiens des Archives nationales de Paris : de l’étude à la valorisation

11 h 50. Benoît-Michel Tock (université de Strasbourg) : L’emprunt de sceau au XIIe siècle

12 h 15. Discussion

12 h 25. Lunch

13 h 45. Clément Blanc-Riehl (Archives nationales de France) : Un atelier de graveur de sceaux parisien des années 1200 et sa clientèle de prélats : entre type et modèle 14 h 10. Ambre Vilain (Institut national d’histoire de l’art)  AGNVS DEI MISERERE NOBIS : le sceau médiéval comme support de la protection privée

14 h 35. Discussion

14 h 45. Pause-café

15 h 00. Els De Paermentier (Universiteit Gent) : Pratiques de scellage et représentation de l’identité administrative dans la chancellerie comtale en Flandre et en Hainaut (fin du XIIe-première moitié XIIIe siècle)

15 h 25. Thomas Brunner (université de Strasbourg) : Le « Martinet », grand sceau de l’échevinage de Douai (fin XIIe-XIIIe siècles)

15 h 50. Jean-Christophe Blanchard (université de Lorraine) : Innover dans le respect de la norme : les sceaux équestres des ducs de Lorraine de René II à Charles III (1473-1608)

16 h 15. Discussion

16 h 30. Conclusions

International Medieval Meeting Lleida, 26-28 June 2013

The Consolidated Medieval Research Group “Space, Power and Culture” of Lleida University is currently organising the third International Medieval Meeting Lleida, which will be held at Lleida’s Facultat de Lletres on 26, 27 and 28, June, 2013.

Like the last IMMLleida, this event will featurefour different conferences, each of them focusing on a different aspect of "AUCTORITAS" and different papers on a different aspects of medieval studies (i.e. history, art history, archaeology, philology and literature).

There will be sessions about research management, as well as sessions introducing the activities of research institutions, presentations by companies dedicated to the management and promotion of heritage, and other activities related to the Middle Ages.

Medieval copper, bronze and brass – Dinant-Namur 2014

Medieval copper, bronze and brass – Dinant-Namur 2014: History, archaeology and archaeometry of the production of brass, bronze and other copper alloy objects in medieval Europe (12th-16th centuries)

International symposium organised by: The Public Service of Wallonia (SPW) The French National Institute for Preventive Archaeology (INRAP) The Mosan Medieval Heritage Centre (MPMM) And the Regional Cultural Centre at Dinant (CCRD) 15, 16 and 17 May 2014 Dinant and Namur (Belgium).

Copper and its alloys, bronze and brass with varying concentrations of lead, have been used for a long time for making useful and decorative objects. The steep economic and demographic growth of the Middle Ages however abruptly changed the copper-based industries and the market for their products. On the raw materials side, the search for ores intensified. Metals such as copper, tin and lead became more accessible and more affordable. Both the labour force and a strong demand for manufactured goods were concentrated in towns where guilds were being set up and trades were becoming organised. Workshops adapted to a rapidly growing market through specialisation, division of work and rationalisation of techniques, as well as offering cheaper goods. There was a gradual increase in the use of copper and its alloys for making everyday objects – examples include candlesticks, dress accessories such as sequins, decorative studs and belt buckles, but also domestic vessels such as, cauldrons, skillets, ewers, basins and other pots and pans for the kitchen or the dining table. In addition to these common objects, more exceptional ones testify to the diversity of the use of copper and its alloys for high class objects, both secular and liturgical. Made-to-order masterpieces included aquamanilia, candelabra for churches, lecterns or even more colossal works of art such as columns, gates, baptisteries, fountains, funeral monuments and, of course, bells. Copper is equally sought after for hand-crafted products such as boilers for baths or dyers, weighing scales and other measuring instruments. Later in the Middle Ages copper alloys were used for artillery, clock making, and also as brass wire in the paper industry. Finally, copper is a component of the main alloys used in early medieval coinage. This symposium is organised in a town whose main medieval activity was focused on the metallurgy of copper and brass. Its aim is to present current knowledge of not only the medieval products, techniques, workshops and labour force, but also of the market and trade in these products. This symposium will present the research carried out in history and archaeology of materials and processes with, in some cases, the support of scientific studies.

The circular of the conference can be also downloaded from the website via this link:

The proposals should be sent to this address, as soon as possible and before September 30, 2013: laiton.mosan(at)  

Talk to highlight recent research

London, Thursday 9 May, 5.00pm, Society of Antiquaries

'The Seals in Medieval Wales Project: Recent Research and New Discoveries’. Dr Elizabeth New and Dr John McEwan will highlight the exciting findings of this major research project; a selection of seal matrices, impressions and casts from the Society’s collection will also be on display.

The talk is free, but non-Fellows should contact the Society of Antiquaries for details of admission

Seals and their context in the Middle Ages

27th - 29th April 2012, Aberystwyth University

This conference seeks to explore the functions of seals in medieval Britain and Western Europe in the broadest possible context. Themes will include the use of seals in law and administration, the act of sealing and the recording of this act as well as questions relating to how, why and by whom seals were employed. A further important theme will be the manner in which seals relate to other sources: visual, material and documentary. Above all the conference will encourage debate amongst scholars operating from within different academic traditions.

Speakers include Adrian Ailes, Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, Paul Brand, John Cherry Paul Harvey, Brian Kemp, Daniel Power, Markus Späth and Nicholas Vincent.

For booking information and a programme, see the project website (scroll down for links to the programme information and forms).