As soon as we thought about making a Luttrell Psalter film, we immediately considered its educational value. The images of everyday medieval life from the Luttrell Psalter have for years been used to illustrate history books and more (so much so, that now the images are more famous than the manuscript they originated from!). We felt that a film of the images could do so much more towards inspiring children to take an interest in the medieval world.
The manuscript was made for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, of Irnham in Lincolnshire, so there is a strong local connection with the book, and Lincoln’s prestigious new museum, The Collection, has an excellent exhibition of combined medieval archaeology and Luttrell images (pictured below).
So it made sense for us to approach The Collection to see if they would be interested in having a film to show to school parties. The Collection management immediately saw the wider potential too and were thrilled at the possibility of having such a film. We now had to set about raising the money so we could make it!