Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre regularly embark on new projects and acquire and catalogue new material, from rare books and manuscripts to modern publications. Every two months, we post here a brief update on some of our latest acquisitions, projects and upcoming events, to keep you up-to-date with our most recent news.
Enjoy reading one (or more!) of our recently acquired new books. Highlights include:
- The abbots and priors of late medieval and Reformation England, by Martin Heale (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). More information and reviews available here.
- Billy Graham: American pilgrim, edited by Andrew Finstuen, Anne Blue Wills, Grant Wacker (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). More information and reviews available here.
- Children’s homes: a history of institutional care for Britain’s young, by Peter Higginbotham (Barnsley: Pen & Sword History, 2017). More information available here.
- Christmas in the crosshairs: two thousand years of denouncing and defending the world’s most celebrated holiday, by Gerry Bowler (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). More information and reviews available here.
- Henry IV, by Chris Given-Wilson (London: Yale University Press, 2016). More information and reviews available here.
- Invisible worlds: death, religion and the supernatural in England, 1500-1700, by Peter Marshall (London: SPCK, 2017). More information and reviews available here.
- The joy of being Anglican, edited by Caroline Hodgson and Heather Smith (Chawton: Redemptorist Publications, 2017). More information available here.
- Leonard Rosoman, by Tanya Harrod (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2017). More information available here.
- Poets, players and preachers: remembering the Gunpowder Plot in seventeenth-century England, by Anne James (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016). More information available here.
- Reimagining Britain: foundations for hope, by Justin Welby (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). More information and reviews available here.
- Understanding Bonhoeffer, by Peter Frick (Tübingen: Mohr Siebek, 2017). More information available here.
- The vocation of Anglicanism, by Paul Avis (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016). More information and reviews available here.
Magazines and journals
Lambeth Palace Library also collects a variety of magazines and journals. You are very welcome to visit the Reading Room to consult these too. A few titles for which we have recently received new issues are:
Lambeth Palace Garden Open Days with Great Hall entry and exhibition
Every first Friday of the month until September, 12 noon to 3pm
An opportunity to visit the Palace’s beautiful 11-acre gardens, enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake, and purchase plants and honey from the gardens. The 17th century Great Hall will also be open throughout the Open Days, with a chance to view a display of highlights from the Library’s collections. Do come along and bring your friends and family.
There is an entrance fee of £5, which will go to a chosen charity each month, and there is no need to book.
“Mysteries” Demystified: The Making and Meaning of the Lambeth Articles (1595)
A talk by Professor Nicholas Tyacke (University College London)
Tuesday 8 May, 5.15pm (admittance not before 4.45pm)
Nicholas Tyacke’s books include Altars Restored: the changing face of English religious worship, 1547-c.1700. The event is run in association with the University of London seminar on the Religious History of Britain 1500-1800.
All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at www.nicholastyackelambeth.eventbrite.co.uk, or email email@example.com not later than Friday 4 May.
Reformation on the Record: the legacy of libraries
Monday 4 June, 2 – 4pm
The dissolution of monastic and pre-Reformation libraries destroyed the established structures of learning, but also provided opportunities for other institutions and individuals to form collections during the following decades. This workshop will explore the development of new libraries (such as Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610) and their role in preserving pre-Reformation books and manuscripts.
Led by period specialists, this workshop will offer you the chance to learn about the aftermath of the Reformation, looking in particular at some original examples of the books and manuscripts which survived the dissolution of the monasteries.
Please come to the Library entrance on Lambeth Palace Road.
This is a joint workshop with The National Archives.
All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reformation-on-the-record-the-legacy-of-libraries-tickets-43653612129, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Perspectives on Seventeenth-Century Libraries
Robyn Adams (Centre for Editing Lives & Letters, UCL):
Donations to the Bodleian Library in the Early Seventeenth Century,
Katie Birkwood (Royal College of Physicians Library):
Digging Deeper into the Marquess of Dorchester’s Library,
Jacqueline Glomski (Centre for Editing Lives & Letters, UCL):
Religion and Libraries in the Seventeenth Century
Tuesday 5 June, 5.30pm (admittance not before 5pm)
This event will showcase some recent research on library formation, both public and private, in the seventeenth century. Three short talks will deal with patterns of book selection and acquisition as revealed by individual practice and in seventeenth-century theoretical writing on bibliography. The presentations will discuss the potential for research on seventeenth century libraries and the application of digital methods to this research.
In association with the University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries.
All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at www.seventeenthcenturylibraries.eventbrite.co.uk, or email email@example.com not later than Friday 25 May.
Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, followed by a lecture and afternoon tea
Dr Peter Blayney: Printing the 1559 Book of Common Prayer: events without precedent
Thursday 5 July, 2.30pm (admittance not before 2pm)
An authority on the history of the early modern book trade, Peter Blayney’s most recent book is The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501–1557 (2013).
This meeting, open to Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, will be followed by tea. Friends should book in advance with Juliette Boyd, Lambeth Palace Library, firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7898 1400, not later than Friday 22 June. Please join the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/content/friends
Recently catalogued in the Sion College Library Collection
More and more of the Sion College collection is now available through our online catalogue for you to search – with almost 15,000 items to browse, many of which can be requested in the Reading Room.
Cataloguing continues to reveal not only interesting volumes, but also bibliographic insights into the history of the collection. Recent additions to the catalogue include this 1824 edition of Peter Schmidtmeyer’s Travels into Chile, over the Andes (B17.10/Sch5), which added colour to the cataloguer’s desk with the multiple hand-coloured lithographs which feature in the volume. From scenes of everyday life and cultural activities, to curious wildlife the book is one of a number of works to be found in Sion which examines travel and exploration.
One of the many lithographs to be found in B17.10/Sch5
An elusive armorial ink stamp was found in an early 18th century work called Jus canonicum universum which was written by Anaklet Reiffenstuel (A95.5/R27). Printed in black and featuring a coronet and fleurs-de-lis at its centre, the image is surrounded by text reading: “Scipio prior de Guglielmis”. Do you know anything about this former owner or do you have any ideas about their identity?
Unidentified armorial ink stamp, A95.5/R27
If you’re interested in helping us to identify former owners or interpret inscriptions, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are now over 300 images which have been uploaded to the Sion Provenance Project so far. We’ve already received contributions and suggestions from people across the globe, but there are still plenty of pieces of detective work to be done and you can help. Why not go to the Project page and see what you can do? More images are being regularly added, so keep your eyes peeled.
The Sion Team will be heading to Crieff in May to give a presentation on the Sion Provenance Project at the Annual Meeting of the Independent Libraries Association. The talk will focus on the efforts that have been made to publicise the Sion College collection and engage the wider community through our crowdsourcing initiative. We want to inspire other libraries to engage with crowdsourcing and provenance research and we’re hoping that the Sion Provenance Project might be of especial interest to independent libraries who are seeking a novel means of capturing new audiences and expanding their reach.
The Friends of the Library have acquired a manuscript relating to the family of Daniel Wilson (1778-1858), Bishop of Calcutta, and a diary of Sir Henry Longley (1833-1899), son of Archbishop Longley.
Collections in focus
We continue to mark the centenary of the First World War with a blog post concerning Dick Sheppard, who ministered to soldiers at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and another relating to post-war clergy training. The archive collections document subjects which continue to be topical: the World Council of Churches, which celebrates its 70th anniversary, features in the papers of the prominent ecumenist Oliver Tomkins (1908-92), Bishop of Bristol. The evangelist Billy Graham features in the papers of several 20th-century Archbishops and other collections. Literary associations include the marriage record of the poet John Milton, whose Paradise Lost recently featured on Radio 4, and the writer Henry James, the origin of whose story The Turn of the Screw was told to him by Archbishop Benson at the Archbishops’ country residence, Addington Palace.
The collection continues to support the Archbishop’s ministry, with an image from the Macdurnan Gospels forming a gift during a visit to Ireland. Both the Library and Record Centre feature in a new database recording collections relating to crime and punishment, including records of the National Police Court Mission, a forerunner of today’s probation service.
Archives in print and the media
The 200th anniversary of the Incorporated Church Building Society, whose archive the Library holds including numerous church plans and other images, is marked by a new book. Other publications relating to the collections include an article on a portrait of Martin Luther formerly held in Lambeth Palace (Steffen Weisshaupt, “Anglican (Re-) Presentation? Two Paintings of Luther at Lambeth Palace”, Anglican and Episcopal History, vol 86, no 4, Dec 2017, pp. 396-418).
In the Conservation studio…
This year in the conservation studio, conservator Alex Wade has been working on a funded project to clean and box 590 books in the early manuscript series. Here’s Alex to give an insight into what is involved in her work:
“These volumes contain some of our most precious and oldest pieces and are filthy. Dirt can penetrate the surface of the text and stain the material.
“I am completing anywhere between two to four books per day, the books get smaller in size as I progress through the series, meaning that I will be aiming to complete up to six books per day in the future. I am boxing one bay ahead of where I am cleaning to ensure that the material is transported safely from the store to the conservation studio. To do this I measure the book height, width, and depth and input those measurements into the Zund cutting machine and create a custom-made box. This protects the material from handling and storage damage, as well as defending it against the fire defence, water misting system we will have in place in the new library.
“To do the cleaning I use a smoke sponge which is a natural material, soft sponge to wipe and dab away surface dirt. It is quite heavy duty and can remove a wide variety of surface debris. Once this has been done I go along the surface with a soft brush called a hake brush to make sure that there is no residue left behind.”
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