Cambridge Publishing Society

Private Lives of Print – The Use and Abuse of Books 1450–1550

Tuesday, 10th March 2015 at 5:25pm - 6:45pm

Location: Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR

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We're having our own tour of this superb exhibition, introduced by one of the curators.

Some of the riches of the UL's collection are on display, including one of the very first printed books in existence. The theme of the exhibition is how medieval readers related to their books, via their comments, marks, drawings, graffiti … Yes, this was 500 years ago, but maybe we can recognize ourselves in what they did. Perhaps we can also better understand how people respond to the web, ebooks and other interactive media.

So this is for everyone – you don't need to be a specialist. And you also get to have a peek inside Giles Gilbert Scott's Cambridge version of his titanic 'Power Station' building type, otherwise most publicly on display at Battersea and Tate Modern …

Meet in the (warm!) entrance lobby at 17.25 for a prompt 17:30 start. Some parking is available right in front of the library (entrance road off West Road). People feeling sociable might want to go to the pub after.

Maximum number of attendees is 20, so please book up early. Admission is free, though contributions to the 'Friends of the University Library' would be gracious and show our gratitude.

Please support the society by downloading, printing out and displaying the poster.


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