What you’ll do
Join scientist Dr Sarah Fiddyment, medievalist Kierri Price and conservator Stefania Signorello in conversation with collections specialist Dr Elma Brenner to hear about their research on a medieval English birthing girdle, Ms.632.
Only a few girdles survive today, and people attending in the building will have the opportunity to see one during this event from 15:30 when doors open.
From 16:00, speakers will tell you about their work on medieval birthing girdles.
Kierri Price will introduce you to medieval birthing girdles and their cultural and religious significance. You will hear how these manuscripts provided physical and emotional support to women in pregnancy and labour.
Sarah Fiddyment will explain how recent biomolecular research has revealed that Ms.632 was actually used during childbirth at the end of the 15th century.
Conservator Stefania Signorello will discuss how we preserve these rare items.
There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions, whether you are participating in the building or online.