Recent conference papers

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‘‘Knowledge, like a diamond polished, more illustriously shines’: The library of Mary Booth of Dunham Massey (1704-1772)’, The Institute of English Studies History of Libraries Seminar, 4 February, 2020.

‘Dispersal and development: The building blocks of the Dorchester Library’, Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives, UCL, 6-8 June, 2019. [With Katie Birkwood]

‘William Young Ottley and the birth of watermark studies in Britain’ (with Orietta da Rold), Paper-stuff: Materiality, Technology and Invention, Cambridge University, 10-11 September 2018

‘A great number of usefull books’: Towards a union catalogue of seventeenth-century private libraries’, Society of Renaissance Studies conference, Sheffield University, 5 July, 2018

 ‘The History of the Library in the North of England and the Circulation of Knowledge, 1650-1730’, Reconstructing Libraries, Queen Mary University, 20 April, 2018

‘A monastic pharmacopeia: Robert Edward Hart’s copy of the 1485 Gart der Gesundheit’, Something for my native town: Recent discoveries and new directions in the R.E. Hart collections, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, 9-10 November 2017

“The importance of his gift can scarcely be over-estimated” – The library of Robert Edward Hart (1878-1946)’, Something for my native town: Recent discoveries and new directions in the R.E. Hart collections, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, 9-10 November 2017

Panel member – ‘Collecting the English book, personal and institutional perspectives’, Making the English book, Beinecke Library, 6-7 October, 2017

‘The lost private libraries of the nineteenth century’, History of Libraries Research Seminar, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, May 2014

‘The ewe-lamb of the Lyme Park Library: Caxton’s 1487 Sarum Missal’, Text and illustration in early books and manuscripts: A comparative study, Keio University, Japan, December 13-14, 2013

‘The rest of the iceberg: non-bibliophile libraries in the nineteenth century’, Floreat bibliomania: great collectors and their grand designs: a centenary conference to celebrate A. N. L. (Tim) Munby, 1913–1974, King’s College, Cambridge, June 2013

‘Private books for educational use: the formation of the Northern Congregational College Library’, Virtual Library System NCC Seminar Series, John Rylands Library, Manchester and Leeds Library, February 2013, Dr Williams’s Library, London, March 2013

‘A cultivated eye for the antique’, National Trust libraries: mobility and exchange in great house collections, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, February 2013