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University of London Society of Bibliophiles

The Society of Bibliophiles has had a superb inaugural year, with visits to Lambeth Palace Library, Peterhouse College in Cambridge and the Institute of Historical Research, to name but a few.

Now in its second year, the society has an exciting programme of events lined up; including a visit to the London Library, a private view of Bonhams’ spring auction and a dinner-talk at the Athenaeum Club by Mark Samuels Lasner. Please have a look at our blog for the full events listings.

We’re open to all and aim to provide an opportunity for those who are interested in book-collecting – whether it’s rare books, comics, or classic Penguins – to meet up with like-minded people. Meetings and visits will be held throughout the academic year and the full programme of events will be announced shortly.

We would be delighted if you’d join us on Friday 27th October at Lambeth Palace Library from 7-9pm for a glass of wine to celebrate the second year of this new venture. RSVP here.

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Key information:

Where? Lambeth Palace Library, Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7JU.

When? 27th October 2017, 7-9pm



This is a video of an event held at Birkbeck, University of London as part of Birkbeck Artsweek (a week of free public arts events which runs annually). It features Professor Anthony Bale and Dr Isabel Davis talking about the Birkbeck manuscript collection, which was recently rediscovered in Birkbeck college library. It was an event held for a general audience. If you’re interested in this, you might also be interested in Anthony’s previous blog post about the books.



Introduction to the event – Isabel Davis

The Birkbeck Books – what they are and where they’ve come from and how they got lost – Anthony Bale (00:56)

Medieval Books of Hours – what they are, how they were used – Isabel Davis (26:00)