Join us at The Chester Beatty Library for

Volvelle-Making Workshops

Suitable for anyone interested in the progression of human imagination, curiosity, and exploration.

Volvelle-Making Workshops

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Volvelle-Making Workshops

A hands-on workshop exploring paper prototypes and volvelles, a medieval paper construction with moving parts that is often considered an early example of a paper analog computer.

As part of Creative Teen Lab at the Chester Beatty Library, join maker-in-residence Pantea Karimi for a hands-on workshop inspired by volvelles from the Chester Beatty’s collection. Exploring how to build this medieval calculating gadget and learn how to design and combine the layers to create an accurate device that reveals information

Discover function through images, including those from the Chester Beatty’s collection. You will then examine physical examples of the contemporary volvelles before designing your own calculator wheel chart and learning how to use it.

This is a free event but places are limited and early booking is recommended.

Where & When

The Chester Beatty Library
Dates & Times
Thursday 18th July
@10.30am-1pm (ages 12-14)
@1.45-4.15pm (ages 15-17)
Friday 19th, July
@10.30am-1pm (ages 12-14)
@1.45-4.15pm (ages 15-17)
2.5 Hours
Tickets are free but pre-booking is required (see below)

Book Tickets

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BOOK TICKETS @ July 18th

BOOK TICKETS @ July 19th

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About Pantea Karimi:

Meet American-Iranian maker Pantea Karimi who is the maker-in-residence at The Chester Beatty Library in July. Throughout her residency California-based maker Pantea will explore historic Middle Eastern and European scientific manuscripts in the Chester Beatty, deliver a series of workshops for teens and families and co-create learning resources inspired by the collections. Supported by the San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange grant programme.

Invite your friends & family

Make a date with the city. Invite, share and make some summertime memories together with your friends and family.