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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bombs on Books: Germany's Lost Libraries of WWII
Dr. Jan L. Alessandrini (University of St. Andrews)
Questions concerning the rescue, reconstruction, and restitution of libraries during (and after) WWII continue to fox book historians. This paper focuses on the administrative and practical measures undertaken by German libraries that suffered some of the worst damages, including Hamburg, Lübeck and Rostock, to rescue rare books from deliberate destruction. Furthermore, it investigates the reconstruction that took place in the immediate aftermath of WWII, whilst tracing the displacement of books taken as trophies of war. Finally, this paper tackles the (thorny) issue of restitution, considering Cold War relationships, transnational policies implemented to return lost books after the thaw in the 1990s, as well as the technological initiatives that are making rediscovered materials available again to wider audiences.
Venue: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB
'Painters, limners, writers, and bookbinders': Matthew Parker's printed books
William Hale (Cambridge University Library)
Venue: Lambeth Palace at 5.30 p.m. Pre-booking is required, and details will be supplied later.
June / July
Repeat of last year’s new library walk by Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd.)