Are there challenges or difficulties unique to the task of exhibiting books and manuscripts? What kinds of pressures and demands do librarians and curators face? How do policies and frameworks aimed at connecting archives, libraries and museums with the communities around them shape our approach to staging such exhibitions?
With the support of the AHRC, a team comprising James Loxley (University of Edinburgh) , Helen Vincent (Senior Curator of Rare Books, National Library of Scotland), Joseph Marshall (Rare Book Librarian at the University of Edinburgh) and Lisa Otty (Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh) brought together academics and curators from the British Library, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Ulster, Edinburgh Napier University, Dublin City Library and Archive, the Scottish Poetry Library, Seven Stories children's book centre and the Wordsworth Trust to explore the issues involved.
As a result of these discussions, the project team produced a report, Exhibiting the Written Word, which we hope will be of value to all those involved, or interested, in staging such exhibitions. It can be downloaded or viewed below; alternatively, a hard copy can be obtained by emailing James Loxley. A large print version is available from the same address.
You can download a PDF version of the report (requires a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader).
View the report online by clicking the image below. This will open the report in a full size viewer.
This project has been generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
This article was published on May 30, 2013