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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
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Forthcoming RBG events, exhibitions diary, adverts to Fiona Barnard, firstname.lastname@example.org Rare Books Cataloguer, The Library, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 223, RG6 6AE. Tel: 0118 378 8787
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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.
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Rare Books Group Conference
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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
Thursday 7 September
Friday 8 September
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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