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Unlocking the Private Library, to be held on Saturday 9 February 2013 at Winchester College, will feature talks by researchers and librarians on the past and future of private libraries, as well as a special exhibition of books from the Fellows’ Library of Winchester College.

Registration is open!  The cost, including lunch and refreshments, is £10 (£5 for students).  To register, please visit our booking page.


10.30 am  Registration and tea / coffee

10.50 am  Welcome

11.00 am  Session 1 – Private Libraries, Heritage and Learning

Carly Watson (Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham / Winchester College): ‘Collecting the Eighteenth Century at Winchester College’

Helen Williams (Senior Research Assistant, Northumbria University): ‘Circulating Private Libraries: Literary Artefacts and Off-Site Heritage Education’

12.00 pm  Break

12.15 pm  Session 2 – Libraries for Religious Communities

Hannah Thomas (Doctoral Researcher, Swansea University / Hereford Cathedral): ‘The Society of Jesus in Wales, c.1600-1679: Reconstructing and Analysing the Cwm Jesuit Library at Hereford Cathedral’

Abbot Geoffrey Scott, OSB (Douai Abbey): ‘The Douai Collection’

Dr Simon Johnson (Librarian and Archivist, Downside Abbey): ‘Downside Abbey: A Beacon of Learning’

13.30 pm  Lunch and exhibition viewing

14.45 pm  Session 3 – Libraries in the Home

Christine Penney (Hurd Librarian): ‘Books do Furnish a Room’

Maria Kirk (Doctoral Researcher, University of Sussex / Petworth House): ‘The Petworth House Plays: Book Collecting in the Early Modern Country House’

15.45 pm  Break

16.00 pm  Keynote Address

Mark Purcell (Libraries Curator to the National Trust)

17.00 pm  Drinks

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Registration now open!

Welcome to the blog of the upcoming symposium, Unlocking the Private Library, which will be held at Winchester College on Saturday 9 February 2013, 10.30 am – 5.00 pm.

This symposium will explore the value and potential of private libraries associated with schools, religious communities, homes and heritage sites.  It is open to anyone interested in the past and future of private libraries as resources for scholars and communities.  Speakers include Abbot Geoffrey Scott, OSB (Douai Abbey), Christine Penney (Hurd Library), and doctoral researchers engaged in a range of AHRC-funded collaborative projects.

The keynote address will be given by Mark Purcell, Libraries Curator to the National Trust.

The cost of registration, including lunch and refreshments, is £10 (£5 for students). To register, or for more information, please visit our booking page.

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