Why study the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies?
There is no such thing as a typical IES student. Our programmes attract people from a wide range of backgrounds, careers and interests, and for many different reasons. For some students it presents the perfect opportunity to combine a love of history and literature, and pursue careers in research and academia. For others it can be a fantastic gateway into a career in the rare books trade or publishing. And for some it represents a complete change of direction, and the chance to begin an entirely new academic challenge unrelated to their previous studies and careers.
The Institute of English Studies has a substantial network of colleagues and contacts in the rare books industry, and we now give MA students the option of substituting one of their modules for a book trade internship. We understand the importance of connecting the theoretical world of book history with tangible sources and practical opportunities for our students, and several of a graduates have gone on to have fruitful careers in the book industry. To find out more about this internship, please click here:
London is probably the perfect place to study the history of the book! ...We’ve had classes at the British Library and other book-related institutions where we got to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with rare, antique books, some over a thousand years old.
Bonnie Walker, 2016
Looking back, it has been a very varied and extremely enjoyable undertaking. I took the course for fun, and it was. It has introduced me to an entirely new area of knowledge which I’m now going to spend several years exploring further. I certainly didn’t expect that when I started.
Margaret Joachim, 2016