Seminar on the History of Libraries, London, 2013-14

By Ian G Evans, on 17 September 2013

Seminar on the History of Libraries, London, 2013-14

A series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organized by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. They are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.

Most seminars take place in Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU, but a number have been arranged elsewhere (see below).

Meetings will take place monthly during term-time on Tuesdays at 5.30 p.m., usually in the Senate Room on the first floor of Senate House.

Changes to room allocations will be displayed on the website of the Institute of English Studies where a more detailed programme can be found.


Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

November 5 2013:  Ian Willison, C.B.E. (Institute of English Studies):

‘The Archival Research Library in the West: from the Alexandrian Library to the Present Day’.

To be held in the Senate Room of Senate House (first floor).

December 3 2013: John Goldfinch (British Library): ‘The Survival of the Old Royal Library Collections 1660-1760’.

To be held in the Board Room of the British Library, Euston Rd., St.

Pancras. Everyone attending is asked to meet at 5.20 at the British Library’s reception desk on the ground floor. As the Library needs to know numbers in advance, if you are intending to attend, please send a message to Jon Millington <mailto: john.millington@sas.sc.uk>

February 4 2014: Ed Potten (Cambridge University Library) on ordinary book owners and their libraries.

March 4 2014:  Professor Alan Nelson (University of California, Berkeley): ‘Tracing Books through 17th Century Libraries: the Case of Humphrey Dyson and Richard Smith’.

May 10 2014 (Saturday): Dr. Geoff Day (Fellows’ Librarian, Winchester College) will host a visit to the College Library and Archives at Winchester College.

June 3 2014: Dr Caroline Bowden (Queen Mary, University of London) on early modern convent libraries.


To be held in the Guard Room at Lambeth Palace. Intending visitors are asked to send an email in advance to Mary Comer <mailto:mary.comer@churchofengland.org>.

Late June 2014:  After the success of the last session’s Library Walk, led by Alice Ford-Smith, it is hoped that another walk will be organized.

A number of seminar podcasts will be found on the website of the Institute of Historical Research at <https://historyspot.org.uk/podcasts/history-libraries>,

including talks given during the last ssion by Alistair Black, Mark Purcell, Peter Hoare, and Geoffrey Little.

(with apologies for cross-posting).