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The Fragments Project

The manuscript fragment, known as The Hawick Missal fragment, has lain undiscovered for hundreds of years. Since its discovery in 2009, the Fragments project is setting out to explore a landscape of medieval music and spirituality.

fragment of medieval manuscript

Join us on this exploration in a series of unique concerts, with new specially commissioned music from both emerging composers and established household names.  Each concert is part of a multimedia experience that will present our iconic Border abbeys in an exceptional new colourful light.

The beautiful abbeys of Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose will be transformed to host the three events, with each event taking its inspiration from a colour of the fragment:

Please note: Members must be logged into the Historic Scotland members site to purchase their tickets at a discounted rate.

What is the Hawick Missal?

The Hawick Missal Fragment was discovered in 2009 in an uncatalogued collection of family papers belonging to the Rutherford family of Knowesouth, near Jedburgh. This is a fragment from a Missal – a book which contained the texts and chants for a Mass.

About the Fragments Project

Fragments is a highly original two year arts and music project based in the Scottish Borders and inspired by the discovery of the Hawick Missal Fragment, a 12th century medieval liturgical manuscript. The project will create new work on the theme of art and music as an expression of ‘the divine’.

Over two years, the project will build and develop through a sequence of workshops, web postings and art interventions which will all be set around our main events. Each of these events will be focused around three newly commissioned pieces of music, all directly inspired by the original music of the fragment.

The project will work closely with groups and individuals across the Borders to raise awareness of the historic significance of the manuscript fragment and its relationship to the history of the Borders and its contemporary life.

The project is a partnership between Historic Scotland and the Heritage Hub in Hawick supported with funding from Creative Scotland.

For more information on the Fragments Project please visit the website and follow on Twitter @The_Fragments

More details on the event.

Contact Us

Events Team
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Tel +44 (0)131 668 8885