Two notable ecclesiastical libraries were founded in London in the early 17th century. Lambeth Palace Library was founded in 1610 as a resource for future Archbishops of Canterbury, while Sion College Library was established in 1629 as a library for the City of London clergy. This illustrated lecture will explore the reasons for these two foundations and the contrasting ways in which they developed during the first century of their existence. Since 1995, both of these collections have been housed at Lambeth Palace Library.
Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library. He previously worked for nearly 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He jointly convenes the Research Seminar in the History of Libraries at the School of Advanced Study, London University, teaches for the London Rare Book School and is one of the organisers of the annual two-day London conference on book trade history.
Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and second-hand book trade in Britain in the 20th century, and volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, edited jointly with K.A. Manley. More recently he has edited and contributed to a volume on the growth of the British Library’s collections, Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library’s Printed Collections (2009), and The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance (2014).
Guest speaker: Giles Mandelbrote, Librarian and Archivist, Lambeth Palace Library
Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
When: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Where: Exhibition Space
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free with registration requested
RSVP by Thursday 30 October 2014
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Contact: Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections
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Photo: Lambeth Palace Library