Over the course of 2017, the Library will be celebrating Berkeley50 with a number of eclectic events:
Launch event, in the Berkeley Library
Ellen Rowley, architectural and cultural historian, will begin a series of architectural events with a talk on the origins and impact of the Berkeley Library. A screening will also take place of the wonderful Building for Books film produced in 1958. Unusually, this event will take place while the Library is open, allowing attendees to see the building in full operation.
Following the launch event, Ellen Rowley will reprise her talk on the origins and impact of the Berkeley Library for a wider audience, followed by a screening of Building for Books, the film produced in 1958 as part of a fundraising campaign for the new library.
The event is free, but booking in advance is essential.
This workshop will explore the anatomy of the Wikipedia article and allow participants to develop the skills to edit and cite content effectively. Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to the world’s largest online repository of knowledge through the creation of high-quality content about the Berkeley Library and other important cultural institutions.
Kenneth Pearce, Ussher Assistant Professor in the Trinity College Dublin Philosophy Department, will deliver an engaging lecture on the life and ideas of one of Trinity’s most illustrious alumni whose philosophical output places him in the great Western canon.
Trevor Peare, former Keeper of Readers’ Services in the Library of Trinity College and long-standing champion of the Berkeley Library, offers an intimate portrayal of the building and its inner workings, life and magic.
Moog50: A collaboration with the Trinity College Department of Music
The Moog Synthesizer went into commercial production in 1967 quickly establishing itself as the archetype for synthesised sound. Using the raw concrete textures of the Berkeley Library as a backdrop, this event will explore 1960s inspired sonic and visual vistas through the use of analogue synthesizer performance techniques.
Samuel Beckett exhibition
In 1960 Samuel Beckett donated the proceeds of a tour of his play Krapp’s Last Tape to the Berkeley Library fundraising appeal. In August 2017, the Long Room will host a small exhibition of items from the Library’s Beckett collection to coincide with the annual Samuel Beckett Summer School. This display will highlight Beckett’s generosity to the Library and will include Krapp’s Last Tape materials.
The Berkeley50 programme will continue throughout 2017 with an eclectic mix of events:
A series of architectural events will investigate the ongoing impact and evolution of the Berkeley Library.
Tours of the building
The Berkeley Library will open to the public on a number of occasions throughout the year, offering a unique opportunity to explore its beautiful concrete textures and forms up close.
An event to imagine what the future might hold for the Berkeley Library and academic libraries more generally.
And much more besides…
Main image: Architectural Press Archive/RIBA Collections.