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Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives

This symposium brings together a group of UK-based academics and librarians, as well as key continental scholars, in an attempt to consolidate current research, for the first time, on seventeenth-century libraries and book collecting. Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives will address questions of topography and typology, networks of library activity, administration, visual identity, dispersal, owners and content, and definitions of public and private. The symposium will also confront current topics of cultural and intellectual history – especially heritage and antiquarianism, the circulation and management of knowledge, and the rise of consumerism and the culture of collecting.

Digital Launch Event: The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe

This symposium, co-hosted by the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters(CELL) at University College London, and the Warburg Institute, University of London, caps off a four-year, international collaboration between Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries, the Princeton University Library, and CELL at UCL, with funding from the 

Sea and Currents grant for Early Modern paper workshop

CELL are very pleased to have won a Sea and Currents grant as part of UCL's Global Engagement strategy. The successful applications were chosen according to how well they fit the criteria: potential for the future, fit with the Global Engagement strategic plan, benefit to UCL and the Faculty and making a difference in some significant way to research, education or other aspects of life. Our winning project seeks to build a research network to examine paper surfacing methods to receive ink in the early modern period.

A memorial for Professor Lisa Jardine

Lisa Jardine memorial

A memorial was held for our wonderful founding director, Professor Lisa Jardine, on Tuesday 19th January 2016.

The evening was a commemoration of Lisa's academic achievements, and was arranged jointly by the University of London, University College London and Queen Mary University of London. Eight speakers shared their memories of Lisa as her career progressed, from Cambridge and the Netherlands, through to her time at QMUL and subsequently at UCL.

CELL is recruiting!

annotations in a book

We're looking for a postgrad Research Assistant to work with us on our two exciting projects, the Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe and Building a Library Without Walls: the Early Years of the Bodleian Library.


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