Medieval Manuscripts and ScribalStyles: Team OG(H)AM Hosts Artist Thomas Keyes 

By Deborah Hayden and David Stifter, OG(H)AM’s Irish Co-Investigator and Irish Principal Investigator In autumn 2023, the OG(H)AM team was awarded a major follow-on funding grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for the year-long Impact and Engagement project Ogham Palaeography+ (OPal+),  led by Prof. Katherine Forsyth (University of Glasgow). For one strand… Continue reading Medieval Manuscripts and ScribalStyles: Team OG(H)AM Hosts Artist Thomas Keyes 

The History of Digital Ogam: How it came to be, and the challenges it faced along the way; Guest blog by Adrian Doyle

We are grateful to Adrian Doyle for contributing a guest blog this month. He is the creator of the Würzburg Irish Glosses website (wurzburg.ie) and is currently completing a PhD researching Natural Language Processing techniques for Old Irish at the University of Galway. He is a research associate at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics… Continue reading The History of Digital Ogam: How it came to be, and the challenges it faced along the way; Guest blog by Adrian Doyle

Ogham in the British Museum

By Katherine Forsyth, OG(H)AM’s UK Principal Investigator Christmas came a little early last month when we were welcomed behind the scenes at the British Museum to record ogham-inscribed objects in its collection. Two are on public display and so some early starts were required to complete photography before the doors opened (it takes about two… Continue reading Ogham in the British Museum

The Periods of Ogam Usage

By David Stifter, Katherine Forsyth, Deborah Hayden, Nora White This is a revised excerpt from Stifter, White & Forsyth (2024: 218–221), which will appear in a volume edited by Alex Mullen and George Woudhuysen on 28 December this year (link here). In this article, we distinguish four more or less distinct periods of ogam usage… Continue reading The Periods of Ogam Usage

Digital Palaeography between Manuscripts and Epigraphy Workshop

By Nora White, Corinna Salomon, Patricia O Connor and Megan Kasten On 15 November, 2023, the ‘Digital Palaeography between Manuscripts and Epigraphy’ workshop took place at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The aim of this hybrid workshop was to bring together interrelated projects working on palaeography, of both manuscript and epigraphic material, and to… Continue reading Digital Palaeography between Manuscripts and Epigraphy Workshop

Ogam script and cryptography in the Irish legal manuscript tradition; Guest blog by Dr Chantal Kobel

We are grateful to Dr Chantal Kobel for contributing a guest blog this month. She is a Bergin Fellow in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her main research interests centre on medieval Irish language, literature and manuscript culture, in particular the extant medieval Irish law manuscripts. In an earlier blog, Deborah… Continue reading Ogam script and cryptography in the Irish legal manuscript tradition; Guest blog by Dr Chantal Kobel

Ogham characters in Amhrán na Mara ‘Song of the Sea’; Guest blog by Dr Sabine Ziegler

We are grateful to Dr Sabine Ziegler for contributing a guest blog this month. She is the author of an indispensable introduction to and dictionary of the Irish ogham inscriptions (Ziegler 1994). She is now working at the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften in München, Germany. Sabine writes: Song of the Sea is a 2014… Continue reading Ogham characters in Amhrán na Mara ‘Song of the Sea’; Guest blog by Dr Sabine Ziegler

Ogam Script in Irish Medical Tradition

By Deborah Hayden, OG(H)AM’s Co-Investigator In a previous blog on this site, I noted that the use of ogam in early Irish manuscripts was closely associated with the development of texts on grammar and alphabets, subjects that would have formed a cornerstone of education for any medieval Irish scribe. By the late medieval and early… Continue reading Ogam Script in Irish Medical Tradition

What does the word ogam mean and where does the name come from?

By David Stifter, OG(H)AM’s Irish Principal Investigator In my blog in December 2021, I talked about the different ways of spelling and pronouncing the word Ogam or ogham. In this blog entry, I will resume this discussion of the word itself and I will look into what the word may originally have referred to, before… Continue reading What does the word ogam mean and where does the name come from?

‘Byrhtferth’s Ogam Signature’ and Oxford, St John’s College MS 17

By Deborah Hayden, OG(H)AM’s Co-Investigator As we move into a new year, it seems fitting that this January’s OG(H)AM project blog should be devoted to a manuscript source concerned with calendrical matters. The image below is of a page in Oxford, St John’s College MS 17, an early-twelfth-century collection of texts, tables, maps and diagrams… Continue reading ‘Byrhtferth’s Ogam Signature’ and Oxford, St John’s College MS 17