The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce a symposium in partnership with Winchester College. ‘Unlocking the Private Library’, to be held on Saturday 9 February 2013, is associated with the AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award ‘Collecting the Eighteenth Century at Winchester College’, and will be hosted by our partner in the CDA, Winchester College.
The symposium aims to explore, drawing on recent AHRC-funded research, the potential for scholars and communities of the kinds of libraries that might in some sense be termed ‘private’, such as those associated with homes, heritage sites, schools, colleges, churches and other institutions which have historically been less routinely used by academics and the wider public. Papers will discuss the challenges and rewards that such libraries can offer, as well as considering their future as gateways to knowledge in the digital age.
Mark Purcell, Head of Libraries at the National Trust, has agreed to give the keynote address.
An exhibition of books from the Fellows’ Library of Winchester College will accompany the event.
Further details will appear in due course on our CDA website. In the meantime, please address enquiries to Carly Watson (CEW042@bham.ac.uk).
To register for the symposium, please visit the online University Shop.
See also the symposium blog, where you will find the full programme of speakers and topics.