Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 17:30

Virtual Winter Visit: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Following a very successful virtual summer visit in 2020, we are pleased to have organised a virtual winter visit to Mexico. Our visit will take in three libraries and their collections:

  • The National Library of Mexico.
  • National Library of Anthropology and History.
  • Francisco de Burgoa Library.

Join us on Wednesday, 24 February, for online video tours of historical library buildings and collections. The virtual visits themselves will be pre-recorded but colleagues from each library will be present on the day for questions and discussion afterwards. Further information about each library can be found in the attached document.
We know that members are missing the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues over tea or a glass of wine before and after our monthly meetings. After the virtual library visits, we’ll therefore keep the meeting open for informal conversation in breakout rooms. Please bring your own refreshments.
All welcome. To book your place, please click here:
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
5.30–6.30pm GMT, virtual library tours
6.30–7.30pm GMT, Q&A and informal conversation


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 17:30

16 March 2021
Rachel Jacobs, Waddesdon Manor: A Rothschild Collection
This talk will present an overview of the Waddesdon collection of printed books, manuscripts and bookbindings, including its highlights alongside its lesser known ‘working library’. It will discuss the formation of the collection, its display within the Manor and its subsequent growth, and it will also look at some more recent acquisitions. 
All welcome. To book your place, please click here:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 17:30

20 April 2021
Graham Pollard Memorial Lecture
Edward Wilson-Lee, 'Hernando Colón and the Universal Library Machine'
This lecture will give a brief overview of the extraordinary bibliographical project of Hernando Colón, natural son of the explorer Columbus, who set out to build a library that would focus on printed works and would contain a copy of every book in every language and in every subject. As well as sketching the contents and organisation of the library, the lecture will briefly consider the implications of Hernando's projects for our understanding of the early modern book world and the role of library catalogues within it.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 17:30

18 May 2021
Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture
Mirjam Foot, New movements in French twentieth-century binding design: the importance of patronage
In the first half of the twentieth century, a group of designers in France, initially encouraged by an enlightened patron and book collector, started to produce wonderfully varied, and often amazingly beautiful designs for bindings, applying to books and bindings the philosophy and artistic skills that had inspired their drawings, engravings or etchings, as well as their designs for furniture and Pklceramics. They chose the best forwarders and finishers to carry out their designs, producing the most stunning results. Their work was mostly, but not entirely, intended for discerning collectors.
This talk will concentrate on this group of designers who worked mainly in Paris until c. 1960.