London Rare Books School (LRBS)

The University of London’s Institute of English Studies announces the first
London Rare Books School (LRBS), a series of four-day, intensive courses on
a variety of book-related subjects. The courses will be taught by
internationally-known scholars associated with the Institute’s Centre for
Manuscript and Print Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum
resources of London, including the British Library, the British Museum, the
Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of London Research Library
Services, and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book
so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books from some
of the world’s greatest collections.

Each class will be restricted to no more twelve students in order to ensure
that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the teachers and to get
very close to the books.

In its first year the LRBS will be running in just one week: 23-26 July
2007. The courses (note that the titles themselves are provisional) that are
currently planned for 2007 are:

1 The Medieval Book (Course Tutor: Professor Michelle Brown)

2 A History of Bookbinding (Course Tutor: Professor Nicholas Pickwoad)

3 A History of Writing 2000BC-2000AD (Various tutors)

4 The Italian Book to 1600 (Course Tutor: Professor Jane Everson)

5 The History of the Printed Book in the West 1455-2000 (Course Tutor:
Professor John Feather)

One or two courses may be added to this list in the next month or so.

Each course will consist of ten two-hour seminars spread between Monday
lunchtime and Thursday afternoon. There will be a full evening programme
with an opening reception and talk, a major book history lecture given by a
celebrated scholar, and a reception hosted by a major London antiquarian
bookseller. For those able to stay on to the Friday there will be a guided
visit to the libraries of Oxford.

We expect to offer postgraduate credit for these courses at the Institute,
which is one of the ten member-Institutes of the University of London’s
School of Advanced Study. In order to achieve the award of credit a student
will have to complete and pass a 5,000 word essay within two months of the
course (an extra fee to cover marking will be charged).

The fee will be in the region of £500 which will include the provision of
lunch and coffee and tea through the four days. There may be some bursaries
available, details will be provided later.

A range of accommodation will be available including cheap student housing
(on a bed and breakfast basis) close by Senate House where the LRBS will
have its home; Senate House is next to the British Museum in the heart of

Application forms will be available in the next month or two but you are
invited to register your interest in a course or courses now (given the
likely demand you would be well-advised to list a second choice). Those who
register now will be the first to receive application forms. You can
register your interest in LRBS by emailing your name and address (with an
indication of preferred courses) to: Further details can be found at

Miss Zoe Holman

Institute of English Studies

University of London, School of Advanced Study

Room NG17, North Block Senate House

Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Direct *: +44 (0)20 7862 8680; Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8720


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