London Palaeography School / Rare Books School 2014

Applications have just opened for the London International Palaeography Summer School and London Rare Books School, which run each year in the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. This has no connection to DigiPal, of course, although I have taught on the Rare Book School in the past, and both programmes look very interesting indeed. I have reproduced their announcement in full, but any questions should be sent to the IES (the address for which is below).

Applications are now open for the London Rare Books School (LRBS) and the London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS).


16 – 20 June, 2014: London International Palaeography Summer School
The London Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in palaeography and manuscript studies. Courses range from one to two days and are given by experts in their respective fields, from a wide variety of institutions. Subject areas include Latin, English, German and Greek palaeography, history of scripts, illuminated manuscripts, vernacular editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts. The full course schedule is available on the LIPSS website.

Full-day course fee: £80. Block bookings discounts available.


23 – 27 June and 30 June – 4 July, 2014: London Rare Books School
A series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects. Courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Senate House Libraries.

Week 1 (23 – 27 June 2014):

  • Children’s Books, 1470-1980
  • European Bookbinding, 1450-1820
  • A History of Maps and Mapping
  • The History of Readers and Reading, 1770-2010 *new course
  • An Introduction to Bibliography
  • The Medieval Book
  • The Printed Book in Europe, 1450-2000

Week 2 (30 June – 4 July 2014):

  • The Book in the Ancient World
  • The Early Modern Book in England
  • The History and Practice of Hand Press Printing
  • An Introduction to Illustration and its Technologies
  • Modern First Editions: Dealing, Collecting, and the Market
  • The Printed Book in the East: China, India, and Japan *new course
  • Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600

Course fee: £600. Early-bird discount: Book two courses for £1000 (through 15 April 2014)


Questions? Contact the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London at or +44 020 7862 8679.


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