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Charles Holden Lecture with Dr Julia Walworth- ‘The Sterling Library: 20th century Book Collecting and 21st century Book History’

8 February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

- Free

The Friends of Senate House Library present their annual Holden Lecture with speaker Dr Julia Walworth, Fellow Librarian of Merton College, University of Oxford.

The Sterling Library​ started out as the private collection of Sir Louis Sterling (1879-1958), a wealthy businessman. When the collection arrived at the Senate House Library in 1956 it comprised more than 4000 rare printed books and manuscripts of English literary works from the middle ages to the twentieth century, and it has now grown to more than 7000 volumes.

In this year’s Charles Holden Lecture, Dr Julia Walworth will introduce some of these treasures and explore how the role and function of the Sterling Library has evolved — from a collection of ‘trophy books’ to an invaluable resource for the University’s many activities in the burgeoning field of the History of the Book.

To find out more and register for the lecture, please click here.

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8 February 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House​
Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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