Early Modern Exchanges


Digital Launch Event: The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe

25 January 2019, 8:30 am–6:00 pm

Ramelli's bookwheel, early modern information culture

This symposium, co-hosted by the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters(CELL) at University College London, and the Warburg Institute, University of London, caps off a four-year, international collaboration between Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries, the Princeton University Library, and CELL at UCL, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This event is free.

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Centre for Editing Lives and Letters


Senate House (Court and Jessel Rooms)
University of London,
Malet St
United Kingdom

This launch concludes this effort to provide a dynamic viewing capability of the scattered contents of two of the most important libraries of the English Renaissance, as well as a digital research environment that allows scholars to view, search, link, and map hundreds of thousands of manuscript annotations left in the margins of these books by two “serial annotators,” John Dee and Gabriel Harvey. The Archaeology of Reading will allow generations of future scholars the ability to study not only these rare books, but also the methods and practices employed by Renaissance readers as they interpreted the books in their private libraries over 400 years ago.

This conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to attend. Please book no later than Wednesday, 23rd January 2019. Please address any queries to lucy.stagg@ucl.ac.uk

The conference is followed by a reception at the Polish Embassy, which is restricted to pre-confirmed registrants only. Your forename and surname will be given to the Polish Embassy - if you do not wish your name to be given or you do not wish to attend the reception please email lucy.stagg@ucl.ac.uk and your name will be removed.

***Please bring passport or other official ID to gain access to the building***