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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 set out to explore a landscape of medieval music and spirituality.

Left to right: Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose Abbeys

The project hosted a series of unique concerts, with new specially commissioned music from both emerging composers and established household names. The project presented our iconic Border abbeys in an exceptional new colourful light, inviting audiences to be a part of a multimedia experience

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

This journey through the medieval landscape of the Scottish Borders and the Fragments Project reached its conclusion in a one-off special event set amongst the magnificent surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral.

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 has been creating new work on the theme of art and music as an expression of ‘the divine’. Taking the text and music of this remarkable find, and through a wide-ranging collaboration, the project has encouraged audiences to consider the distant world of the fragment and how, in music and art, we can respond to that.

Since the Autumn of 2012, the project has been building and developing through a series of workshops, web postings and art interventions set around our main events. Each of these events have been focused around newly commissioned pieces of music, all directly inspired by the original music of the fragment.

The project has worked 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, using music, movement and memory to unlock new ideas about medieval life and the spaces within our historic sites.

The project will reach its conclusion in a one-off special event at Glasgow Cathedral, the most complete medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland. Once connected to the great Border Abbeys, this magnificent cathedral will form the backdrop for a final exploration of the fragment and a celebration of the Scottish Borders through new art and music.    

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

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Events Team
Historic Scotland
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Tel +44 (0)131 668 8885