The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is back for 2021! Ahead of the Summer School in June and July, we are running selected short courses throughout the Spring. 

The courses are split across a few afternoons, and all sessions will be held online via Zoom. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full. 

Courses fees are £175 (standard) and £100 (student). There are limited places available on each course. 

We have three courses on offer for 2021 on a variety of book-related subjects: 

22-24 February | Word and Image in Britain: from Rome to the Vikings, c.400-900 (Michelle Brown)

This course takes as its basis an investigation of the materiality of the book and what individual items or groupings of materials can tell us, widening this into considerations of historical and artefactual context (looking at other related media and archaeological settings), social impact, perceptions of word and image and their interaction. It also examines the complex nature of the relationship between written and visual literacy and orality. 

Find out more and book here.

3-5 March | Recognising and Dating English Bookbindings, 1450-1850 (Dr David Pearson)

Every historic binding tells a story, which ought to be brought in to any analysis of material evidence. What are the key questions to ask, and what skills are needed in order to answer them? This course puts practical guidance on recognising and dating bindings into that investigative context.

Find out more and book here.

3–7 May | Digital Scholarly Editing: An Introduction (Dr Christopher Ohge) 

This short course on Digital Scholarly Editing will survey the traditions and principles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship, complemented with training on the fundamentals of creating digital editions. It aims to provide an understanding of the history of editorial practice, including the study of manuscripts, the theory of copy text editing, and the decisions relating to textual and contextual apparatus that inform the design of an edition. We will focus on encoding documents in Markdown and in XML using the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Students will also learn about HTML, CSS, and publishing options

Find out more and book here.