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Show and Tells 2016 - Semester 1

Monday 12 September 2016

Come along to Martyrs Kirk New Park Seminar Room on North Street to see selected items from the University Library collections, including manuscripts and early books, and learn about their history.

We are running three events during the first semester of 2016, each with a different theme. These events are free, there's no need to book and everyone is welcome!

28 Sep, 2pm: 'Claimed from Stationers' Hall: the Surprising Popularity of St Andrews' Copyright Music Collection in the Late Georgian Era' by Dr Karen McAulay, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The little-known Copyright Music Collection at St Andrews has a fascinating history, as Karen has been discovering on her regular visits to Martyrs Kirk over the past few months. Come and see some of the original source-material, enabling us to understand how the collection was assembled and curated, and what use was made of it. You will be intrigued by the deliberate arrangement of music in some of the bound volumes. Find out about Volume 40, hear about the lady cataloguer who compiled a catalogue in 1826, and wonder at the sheer enthusiasm for music shown by Principal Playfair and his family. You’ll be astonished just how much the music was borrowed by the University professors and their friends!

26 Oct, 2pm: 'Hardy Perennials: Plant Books through the Ages' by Moira Mackenzie, University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections.

This talk looks at flowering plants as depicted across the centuries. From decorated manuscripts through herbals to botanical textbooks, flowers have twined their way through the history of the written word.