Watch a recording of 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.
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.