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Unfolding Histories Within Arabic Manuscripts

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A laptop sitting open on a desk showing a close up of a decorative illustration and text from an Arabic manuscript on the screen.
Exploring Research Seminar, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Image on Screen: Decorative miniature from MS Arabic 748. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join researcher Rosie Maxton for an online event introducing our Arabic manuscript collection and exploring the multi-layered histories folded within their pages.  

Drawing on selected manuscripts, Rosie will focus on the unique annotations that people in various places have added over time. She will talk about what these scribbles, marks and notes in the margins can reveal about the manuscripts and how they were created and used. 

The conversation will be facilitated by Dr Adrian Plau, Collections Information Analyst at Wellcome Collection. There will be a chance to ask questions during a Q&A at the end.   

The event will take place on our YouTube channel and a recording will be available afterwards. It will be live-captioned in English and auto-captioned in Arabic. 



Need to know


Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email.

Captioned (online)

The online event will have live captions, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The captions will be embedded in the event video window online. Ticketholders for the livestream will also receive a link to view the captions in a separate window.


There will be auto-generated captions for this event.

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About your contributors

Rosie Maxton

Rosie Maxton


Rosie Maxton is a doctoral student in History at Somerville College, Oxford. She holds an MA in Arabic and Medieval History from St Andrews University, and an MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research explores the spread of Catholicism among Christians in the eastern Ottoman Empire during the early modern period, focusing primarily on manuscript sources in Arabic and Syriac. She has previously worked on digital catalogue records for the Arabic manuscripts of Trinity College, Cambridge and Wellcome Collection, and has taught Arabic language at the universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. 

Black and white photograph of Adrian Plau, head and shoulders portrait.

Adrian Plau


Adrian Plau is Manuscript Collections Information Analyst at Wellcome Collection, and a recent Headley Fellow with the Art Fund. He holds a PhD in South Asia Studies from SOAS.