A tiny carving no bigger than a poster stamp, an enormous tome valued at over $20 million and a fully illustrated hand drawn Bible that took almost a decade to write.
These books, among others, were features of the year 8 History trip to the State Library. The collection of books, many of them more than 500 years old, were amazing to see in person. The students were especially in awe of the massive hand-drawn catalogue of birds, the most expensive book in the State Library’s collection.
Each student also tried their hand at creating their own illuminated manuscript. Using painstaking care and a special pen, they learned the elegant style of manuscripts past and wrote Latin phrases.
It was incredible to see just how history has changed – both in how we write and record it.
by Luke Mansour, History Teacher & Year 7 Form Teacher