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Issued March 2006

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(miniature of St. Michael the Archangel from a Book of Hours for Paris use, c. 1420. Reading University Library MS 2087) - this Book of Hours is one the 'featured items' on the Reading University Library Special Collections web pages

Material for inclusion in The Newsletter should be sent as Word or rtf documents to the Editor, Sarah Mahurter; s.mahurter@arts.ac.uk ; The University of the Arts, Library and Learning Resources, 5th Floor, 65 Davies Street, London W1K 5DA

Books for review should be sent to RBN c/o Dr. Karen Attar; kattar@shl.lon.ac.uk Special Collections, Senate House Library, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Contributing editors will be pleased to receive copy for the following columns:

Forthcoming RBG events, exhibitions diary, adverts to Fiona Barnard, f.h.barnard@rdg.ac.uk Rare Books Cataloguer, The Library, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 223, RG6 6AE. Tel: 0118 378 8787

Diary, Conferences, Reports of visits and conferences, Rare but not old to Emma Laws, e.laws@vam.ac.uk ; V&A Archive, Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.

The Newsletter is published three times a year in Spring, Summer, and Winter and is distributed free to members of the CILIP Rare Books Group. It is also available at a cost of £16 p.a. for the UK and Europe and £22 elsewhere.

Enquiries concerning newsletter subscriptions should be sent to

Fiona Barnard, as above.


Editor’s note

Rare Books Group Conference

Rare Books Group events


Forthcoming conferences

Exhibition Diary



Book reviews and notices

Rare Books Group Conference

CILIP Rare Books Group Study Conference

6-8 September 2006, University of Ulster at Coleraine

Advocates and Entrepreneurs: Demonstrating the Value of Special Collections

As librarians, archivists and curators we know how valuable our collections can be for learning, teaching and research, but we need to convince our various audiences – our users, both actual and potential, and our management, donors and funders as well.

The conference will offer the opportunity to hear about examples of good practice from academic and research libraries in the UK and Ireland; to discuss a variety of methods of communicating with our public, and visits to Belfast, the Giants’ Causeway and more …


Wednesday 6 September


Arrivals, registration

Visit Henry Davis Collection, University of Ulster, Coleraine






Keynote speech – Robin Adams (tbc)

Session 1. Audience: Senior Management


‘Adding Value: integrating the contribution of Special Collections into University research and education strategy’ - Mark Brown, University Librarian, University of Southampton


'Advocating the Archives and Special Collections Centre at the University of the Arts London' - Sarah Mahurter, Project Manager Research and Study Centre, University of the Arts London




Depart for Giants’ Causeway/Reception at Bushmills (tbc)


Dinner, UU Coleraine



Thursday 7 September



Session 2. Audience: Researchers


‘Opening up the archives: from basement to browser’ - Amanda Hill, Archives Hub Project Manager, MIMAS, University of Manchester


Dr Ruth Richardson, researcher in the History of Medicine



Workshops (see next page)


Workshop 1


Workshop 2




Visits (see next page)


Reception, Riverside Theatre bar


Dinner, Academy Restaurant, Port Rush

After-dinner speaker (tbc)

Friday 8 September



Session 3. Audience: Learners and Teachers


'The archive is a place of alchemy': Learning's magic in Special Collections, Dr Jessica Gardner, Head of Special Collections, University of Exeter Library


‘Britain in Print: Taking the Rare out of Rare Books’ – Dr John Scally, Director of University Collections, Edinburgh University Library, Museums and Galleries, and Norman Rodger, Britain in Print Project Manager, Edinburgh University Library



Session 4. Audience: Donors and Benefactors


'The possibilities and realities of special collections - from collection building to funding' - John Gray, Librarian, Linen Hall Library


‘Donors and deposits: the LSE experience’ – Sue Donnelly, Archivist, London School of Economics and Political Science


Conference Round up




Depart for Belfast visit or airport


There will be a sign-up sheet for workshops on the first day of the Conference and places will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

  1. ‘Hold the Web Page: a beginner's guide to e-newsletters’ – Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian, J.B. Priestley Library, University of Bradford

  2. 'Publishing the treasures of your collections'– David Way, Head of Publications, British Library

  3. ‘Marketing images’ – Claire Thwaite, Marketing and Managing Director, That’s Good

  4. ‘Making an Exhibition’ – Muriel McCarthy, Keeper of Marsh's Library, Dublin

  5. ‘Book Sponsorship in Historic Libraries’ – Kay Easson, Librarian, Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne


On Thursday afternoon there will be a choice of visits – to Belfast or Derry. If you choose to go to Derry on Thursday, there is another opportunity to visit Belfast on Friday afternoon before returning home.

Belfast – visit to the Linen Hall Library (www.linenhall.com), one of the UK’s most famous independent libraries, containing the unique Northern Ireland Political Collection of ephemera relating to the Troubles. You can combine this with a visit to the immense City Hall, built to celebrate Belfast’s attaining city status in the 1890s, or possibly to the Library at Queen’s University (tbc).

Londonderry – visit to the Magee campus of the University of Ulster, where we shall visit the Magee Rare Books Collection and the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Collection. We shall also tour the 17th century City Walls and St Columb’s Cathedral.


Accommodation will be in ensuite rooms on campus. You may book additional nights before or after the Conference if you wish at £31.25 per night.


There are low-cost flights from most UK airports to Belfast International or Belfast City. Book early to get the cheapest flights. If there is sufficient demand, we will organise transport from Belfast International Airport on Wednesday morning and to the airport on Friday afternoon.

The University has its own rail station on the Belfast – Portrush line.


Please complete the enclosed booking form and return to Mary Nixon, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Rare Books Group Events

Visit to Exeter University Library, The Devon & Exeter Institution Library

and Exeter Cathedral Library

Friday 16th June 2006, 12.30 – 17.00

(Includes a sandwich lunch and afternoon tea)

This is a unique opportunity to tour some of the West Country’s most treasured rare books and manuscripts. Exeter University Library boasts collections of literary manuscripts by Ted Hughes and Daphne du Maurier, the working library of Sir John Betjeman, the archive of R.D. Blackmore and the medieval library and manuscript collection of Syon Abbey (England’s only house of the Bridgettine Order, founded in 1415). The Devon and Exeter Institution Library, occupying a listed building in the Cathedral Close, was founded in 1813 ‘for promoting the general diffusion of Science, Literature and Art, and for illustrating the Natural and Civil History of the County of Devon and the City of Exeter’. The Cathedral Library was founded by Bishop Leofric in the 11th century and still possesses the Exeter Book c.960 (the largest single collection of Anglo-Saxon poems extant) and the Exon Doomsday manuscript 1086. The Library also contains other manuscripts and printed books of the medieval and later periods, including numerous 17th and 18th century pamphlets and a large collection of early medical and scientific works.

Outline programme:

From 12.30 Arrival and complimentary sandwich lunch at Exeter University Library

13.30 – 14.45 Visit to Exeter University Library Special Collections

15.00 – 15.30 Afternoon tea at The Devon & Exeter Institution

15.30 – 17.00 Visit to The Devon & Exeter Institution Library / Exeter Cathedral Library

To book a place on this visit, please complete the slip on the inserted form and return to Emma Laws.


Guests are generally welcome at the lectures listed below, but as a matter of courtesy those wishing to attend a meeting of a group of which they are not a member are asked to inform the secretary in advance, to whom enquiries about subscriptions may similarly be made. Some societies, in long and pleasurable tradition, serve tea before the meeting. This diary includes visits and conferences where the full details for bookings and calls for papers appear elsewhere in this newsletter.

1 March 2006

Manuscripts and early printed books in Oxford College libraries

Lady Margaret Hall, Porter’s Lodge, 17.00.

Highlights of the LMH rare book collection’

Speaker: Elizabeth Mathew


‘The English Civil War period’

Speaker: Dr. Clive Holmes

For more information:

Dr. Barbara Bombi: barbara.bombi@history.ox.ac.uk

2 March 2006

Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies Lecture

King's College London

For more information: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/hrc/clams.html

2 March 2006

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar Series

Dr Seng Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Sterling Library, University of London Library, 4th Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, 17.30

The handwriting of twelfth-century documents and the origins of Anglicana’

Speaker: D Tessa Webber (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Meeting is free and followed by a wine reception.

For more information: ies@sas.ac.uk

2 March 2006

Oxford Bibliographical Society

Taylor Institution, 17.15

“The library of Samuel Harsnett: a preliminary report”

Speaker: Dr Francesca Galligan

Members may bring guests to any meeting. Tea will be served at 17.00 before the lecture.

For more information:

Hon. Secretary, Dr Julia Walworth, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD. Email: secretary@oxbibsoc.org.uk

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