CERL Dublin Manuscripts Conference 25-27 May 2016


The Library of Trinity College Dublin, 25-27 May 2016

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The primary aims of the Group are to act as a forum for curatorial concerns, and to enhance understanding and practical cooperation among curators across Europe.

The conference will focus on these themes:

Commemorations and Anniversaries; Materiality; Post-digital issues and concerns

Wednesday 25 May

1315: Registration

1400: Helen Shenton (Librarian and College Archivist, Library of Trinity College Dublin) Welcome.

1410: Ireland’s Decade of Commemoration

  • Estelle Gittins (Library TCD), ‘Commemorating 1916 in the Library of Trinity College Dublin’


  • Bernard Meehan (Library TCD), ‘The Faddan More Psalter’[1]
  • Susie Bioletti (Library TCD), ‘Early Results from the “Early Irish Manuscripts” Project’[2]

1540-1615: Coffee etc

1615-1745: Post- digital issues and concerns

  • Jennifer Edmond (TCD), ‘CENDARI:[3] what next?’
  • Jane Ohlmeyer (TCD), ‘The 1641 Depositions:[4] what now?’

1800: Reception in Old Library with Book of Kells and exhibition of treasures

Thursday 26 May

0930-1100: Materiality

  • Ad Leerintveld (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Netherlands), ‘Authenticating the coat of arms in a Gruuthuse manuscript’
  • Birgit Vinther Hansen (Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen), ‘Exhibition and fading of manuscripts: microfadometry and a lighting policy to increase exposure and reduce risk’
  • Nicholas Pickwoad (University of the Arts, London), ‘Ligatus:[5] the importance of bindings and their description’

1100-1130: coffee etc

1130-1300: Commemoration

  • Claire Breay (British Library), ‘Commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015’
  • Rebecca Boxler Ødegaard and Bente Granrud (National Library of Norway), ‘A decade of writer’s commemorations – and what we have learned’
  • Matthew Shaw (Institute of Historical Research, London), ‘Europeana 1914-1918 and creating a digital collective memory’

1300-1400: lunch

1400-1530: Post- digital issues and concerns

  • Matthew McGrattan (Bodleian Library Oxford), ‘International Image Interoperability Framework[6] and Bodley’
  • Allen Packwood (Churchill College, Cambridge), ‘The Churchill Papers: a modern historical epic’
  • Gerhard Müller (Staatsbibliothek Berlin): ‘Understanding Archival Metadata and Shaping Perspectives on the Benefits of Standards beyond the Simple Search’

1530-1545 coffee

1545-1645 discussion, led by Jutta Webber

1700-1900: Reception at Royal Irish Academy and viewing of early medieval Irish manuscripts

1930: Conference Dinner

Friday 27 May

0915-1200, private visits to Marsh’s Library and Chester Beatty Library

[1] http://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/The-Treasury/Gallery-1-Iron-Age-to-12th-Century/Gallery-2-The-Faddan-More-Psalter-(1)/Context-and-Significance

[2] http://www.tcd.ie/Library/early-irish-mss/

[3] http://www.cendari.eu/

[4] http://www.1641.tcd.ie/

[5] http://www.ligatus.org.uk/

[6] http://iiif.io/