Course Schedule (Monday - Friday)


Registration (12.30pm - 1pm)

Tea, coffee, and sandwiches served.

Welcome (1.00 - 1.10pm)

Senate House Library Talk (1.10 - 1.40pm)

Seminars  (2 - 5.30pm)

Tea/coffee break at 3.30pm.

Tuesday - Thursday

Seminars  (9.30am - 3.30pm)

Tea/coffee break at 11am and lunch at 1pm.


Seminars (9.30am - 1.30pm)

Tea/coffee break at 11am and lunch at 1.30pm.

Closing remarks (2.30 - 3.30pm)

Weekly Evening Events 2019

Opening Reception (Monday)

5.30 - 6.30pm

Drinks and finger food are served in Senate House's Court Room. Students have the opportunity to mingle with peers and tutors.

The Monday 24 June reception is kindly sponsored by the Bibliographical Society 

Walking Tours - The public and the private: a walk through Bloomsbury’s library history (Tuesday)

5.30 - 7pm

You are invited to explore the streets around Senate House for a new walk tracing the ghosts of libraries past. They span the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, private and public. An array of voices emerge, from the modest bookseller and the inconspicuous librarian to the acclaimed scientist and the leading author … and one notorious forger. Collecting books in London unites them all.

Please meet your tour guide Alice Ford-Smith at the open-air entrance lobby of Senate House at 5.30pm. The public and the private ends at approximately 7pm close to Goodge Street, Warren Street and Tottenham Court Road underground stations. Please be prepared for no breaks, and the uncertainties of English weather.

The walk will last 90 minutes and can accommodate up to 25 students. Walks are not mandatory, but are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Summer School administrator if you would like to attend.

Maggs Bros. Reception (Thursday)


Maggs Bros. generously hosts a Thursday-evening reception at their premises in Bedford Square.


Other Lectures and Workshops

Writing Women: Reviving Kana Shodo - Lecture & Demonstration (Wednesday 26th June)

6 - 7pm

To celebrate National Writing Day, the Book and Print Initiative has invited Kaoru Akagawa, designated Master of Japanese calligraphy, to tell the story of Kana Shodo. She keeps it alive today through a calligraphic technique she created to revive these ancient Kana characters for modern times. She will then offer a live demonstration of this script and her artistic practice in the Senate Room. To attend, please register here.

Digital Book History Demonstration: The Universal Short Title Catalogue (Thursday 27th June)


This session will be led by Dr Jessica Dalton and Dr Christopher Ohge. It will be held in the IHR Digital Training Room.

IES Annual Lecture in the History of the Book (Wednesday 3 July)


‘Books for Breakfast: Mid-Victorian Collecting, Changing Tastes and Different People', by David McKitterick

This lecture will be held in the Woburn Suite, Senate House (South Block). To attend, please register here.