Manuscript and Book Studies Research Day

Manuscript and Book Studies Research Day

Thursday 23rd November, 13:30-16:00

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library


History of the book and manuscript studies is a well-established subject strength at Senate House Library. The collections illustrate varied and diverse aspects of both disciplines including the development of handwriting/scripts, manuscript/codicology and book production, the transmission, circulation and dissemination of texts, sigillography, history of ideas, bibliography, annotations, illuminations illustration, the formation of collections and libraries and the individuals behind them. This research day will provide an opportunity to learn about recent projects based on some of these sources and how these collections can support and advance further research in the field.

This session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library and external academic leads. It will consist of an overview of this subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.


The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners




13:30 – 14:00     Tea, coffee and registration (Durning Lawrence Library)


14:00 – 14:05     Welcome and introduction


14:05 – 14:20     Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, SHL) and Richard Espley (Head of Modern Collections: Collections overview


14:20 – 15:20     Case Studies


Tansy Barton (Manuscript and Book Studies Research Librarian, SHL): Medieval manuscript fragments project

Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study): Blocks Plates Stones project

Anne Welsh (University College London): Walter de la Mare: a book history project

Dr Cynthia Johnston (Lecturer in Book History and Communications, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study): Book historical research on manuscripts and early printed material

15:20 – 15:50     Viewing of collections


15:50 – 16:15     Plenary discussion and next steps


16:00                 Close                   

Event details

  • 23 November 2017 13:30
  • Various Speakers
  • Free, but with limited spaces
  • Senate House Library Event


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