Research Seminar—Digital representations of manuscript provenance: reconstructing the history of the Phillipps collection


Event type: Seminar


Seminar: The manuscript collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) was almost certainly the biggest private collection ever assembled, containing more than 40,000 items. After his death, the manuscripts were gradually dispersed through sales and auctions over more than a century. They are now scattered across numerous institutional and private collections around the world. Tracing the individual histories of the Phillipps manuscripts reveals much about the movement of European medieval and early modern manuscripts over the centuries, and about the ownership networks in which they circulated. It can also demonstrate the value of provenance studies for research into the history of manuscripts.

Speaker: Dr Toby Burrows holds a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (2014-2016) in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. He previously worked at the University of Western Australia Library managing the E-Research Support Unit, and as Principal Librarian responsible for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections. He has been involved in several Australian digital infrastructure projects for the humanities, including the Australian Research Council’s Network for Early European Research and the HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) Virtual Laboratory. Other recent research projects have included “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Australia”, with the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria.

This seminar is open to the public. It is free to attend, and reserving a place is essential


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