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Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic: A New Database Project

Event type
History of Libraries
Event dates
, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Online- via Zoom
Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool), Sophie Jones (University of Liverpool), Max Skjönsberg (University of Liverpool)
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This paper introduces the work of a major new AHRC-funded project which explores in unprecedented range and depth the role played by voluntary subscription libraries in the reading lives of communities and individuals across the British Isles and North America between 1731 and 1800. Team members will reflect on key questions of database design before outlining some of the ways in which catalogues and circulation records can be used to shed dramatic new light on the role played by libraries in disseminating books and ideas in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions.