University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections


13th biennial conference of the Early Book Society

Images of the Auchinleck manuscript

Title: 'From the vaults'
Date: 4th July - 7th July 2013
Location: King James Library

In July 2013 the Special Collections division showcased books and manuscripts relevant to the 13th biennial conference of the Early Book Society: Networks of Influence: Readers, Owners, and Makers of MSS and Printed Books, 1350–1550.

Whilst the event was hosted by Margaret Connolly and Julian Luxford of the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Special Collections was heavily involved with the planning from the beginning. Daryl Green, Rare Books Librarian (Collections Management), gave a fascinating plenary paper, headlining alongside Professor Andrew Pettegree. His beautifully illustrated talk on Book-Making and Book-Collecting in Late Medieval St Andrews played to a packed house!

Our main exhibition 'From the Vaults: Selected Treasures from Special Collections' was introduced to delegates by Rachel Hart, Deputy Head of Special Collections, however we also brought manuscripts out for a demonstration on '10,000 Books, 10,000 Beasts: Biomolecular Analysis and the Parchment Heritage', given by Dr Kathryn Rudy of St Andrews and Sarah Fiddyment from the University of York. They had used our manuscripts to demonstrate their new technique for analysing the origins of the parchment on which manuscripts are created.