Scribe Week at Museum of the Bible July 24-27

July 24-27, 2019

$9.99 to $19.99 per person

Engage with a medieval scribe as he demonstrates the techniques and methods used by scribes and illuminators. There will be programs for all ages, from lectures to hands-on workshops, scribal demonstrations and character performances. Highlights include:

Event Schedule


Hands-On Workshop

Legend of Kells – Children’s Program

with Lucas Tucker
Travel back in time and hear the story of one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts ever created. Participants will explore the story of how the Book of Kells was created, rescued from Vikings, stolen, vandalized and buried. The event ends with each guest helping our medieval monk illuminate a page for the next great illuminated manuscript and then take it home.
Date Time Cost
Wednesday, July 24
Friday, July 26
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. $9.99 per person


Hands-On Workshop

History of Writing – Children’s Program

with Lucas Tucker
Clay and stylus, papyrus and reed, wax tablet and stylus, parchment and quill, paper and pen, writing materials and techniques have changed significantly over the last 4,000 years. Guests will learn about the history of writing and then work with each tool used for writing through the millennia.
Date Time Cost
Thursday, July 25 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. $9.99 per person


Hands-On Workshop

Illuminated Letter – Workshop for Adults

with Lucas Tucker
Illuminated letters were created during the Middle Ages and Renaissance using handmade paints and composition gold. It is these letters that bring the text of illuminated manuscripts to life, and each is painted to mirror the beauty of the accompanying texts. Guests will create an illuminated initial based on a 15th-century example.
Date Time Cost
Saturday, July 27 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $19.99 per person

Lucas Tucker

A lover of calligraphy, Lucas began practicing the art at age ten. He became interested in medieval- and Renaissance-era calligraphy and illumination styles and began learning about the methods used during those eras to produce the illuminated manuscripts we have today. When Lucas discovered his passion for chemistry, he used his growing knowledge to inform his research of the materials and tools used to create medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, and, eventually, to create his own historically accurate calligraphy and illumination materials.

Beginning with ink, Lucas eventually expanded the materials he produced to include many things, from animal skin parchment to historic paints and pigments, even taking up blacksmithing in order to learn how to make a scribe’s knife according to medieval and Renaissance standards in order to create his own historically accurate illuminated manuscripts. To these passions Lucas adds a love of teaching, which fuels him to share his own expertise about chemistry, illuminated manuscripts, historic writing materials and the areas where they all intersect.

Lucas Tucker
Lucas Tucker
Scribe and Chemist