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.
Most seminars take place in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, or in the Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB.
Meetings usually take place monthly during term-time on Tuesdays at 5.30 p.m.
Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Dr. Raphaële Mouren (Warburg Institute); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).
The seminars are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.

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

Venue: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB unless otherwise stated.

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

Some podcasts from this seminar are available online

Autumn Term 2015
DateSeminar details
6 October Private collections and public libraries in ancient book culture

Professor Greg Woolf (Director, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London)

The history of ancient libraries has traditionally be written around major bibliographic projects such as the Library of Alexandria and the imperial libraries of Rome, projects that are the subject of most ancient testimonia. Recent research - papyrological, epigraphic and archaeological - has raised some doubts about the scale of those projects and also emphasized the key role played in textual transmission by the collections of private individuals and small textual communities. Drawing on this work I shall suggest a new approach to the history of ancient libraries.

Venue: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB

3 November Blurred Lines in the History of Domestic Libraries in the Age of Dibdin's Bibliomania.

Dr. K. A. Manley (National Trust)

Not all private libraries contained Caxtons and fine bindings. The average domestic library was probably a small affair, was never confined to one library room, and was not owned by a fanatical bibliomaniac. This talk will take a ramble around a small number of libraries and readers – particularly with an Anglo-Irish setting – at the period when Thomas Dibdin published his famous Bibliomania (1809-11). The question of encouraging younger readers to use libraries will also be broached

Venue: The Senate Room, 1st floor, South block, Senate House

1 December On books for soldiers in World War I. Details TBA

Dr. Edmund G. C. King (Open University)

Venue: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
2 February The Library of Cardinal Richelieu: an Ongoing Study of his Manuscripts. Detals TBC.

François Bougard (Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS, Paris)

Venue: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB

1 March A projected new history of the Bodleian

Richard Ovenden (Bodley’s Librarian, Oxford)

Venue: This meeting will take place in the Guard Room of Lambeth Palace.
Those wishing to attend should send their names in advance to Lambeth Palace Library at archives@churchofengland.org or 020 7898 1400, not later than Friday 25th February.  Admittance not before 5.15 p.m. via the main gatehouse of Lambeth Palace.