History seminars at the IHR

History of Libraries

 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.

The seminars are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.

Meetings usually take place monthly during term-time on Tuesdays at 5.30 p.m. in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, but a number have been arranged elsewhere (see below).

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

For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Jon Millington: jon.millington@sas.ac.uk

Venue: Various locations inside and outside the University of London, as in the programme, below.

Time: Mainly Tuesdays, beginning at 17:30, unless otherwise indicated in the programme, below. 

Some podcasts from this seminar are available online

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
4 November From 'The Blue Lagoon' to 'The Enchanted Mountains': portrait of a marriage in books
Harvey James (National Trust)


This presentation offers a fresh perspective on Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson as seen through their library at Sissinghurst. The book collection gives many surprising and suggestive glimpses into their lives, their reading, tastes and influences. In addition to the widespread annotations made to assist their reviews and research for their own work, the books often contain a variety of additional material that broadens our understanding of the significance of the collection. After four years of cataloguing the library, it seems to me that it is the personal resonances that make the library so special.

Please note:  this session takes place in the Woburn Suite, G22/26, Senate House, ground floor.


2 December TBA

Meetings also to be held on Friday, 23 January, and on Tuesdays, 3 February, 3 March, 5 May, 2 June, details of all of which are to be announced.