We are pleased to announce that the library is now open every Saturday between the hours of 10am and 4pm.  (with the exception of Bank Holiday weekends)

Members are free to browse and enjoy our pop up events and talks.

Tea, coffee and cake will be available.

Bookworms Junior Members club will be using the Outer Library on the third Saturday of each month from 10.30 – 12.00 – other members are invited to walk through to use the Inner Library during this session)

 

Saturday Snippets

Saturday 2 December 2017 2pm

Dr David Parker will share insights into the Victorian era.

A critical look at the illustrations and accompanying articles in the Illustrated London News and some other prints in the DEIs collection.

Snippet Archive

Saturday 4 November 2017

Paul Auchterlonie shared books from the Geography collection.

The nineteenth century was the century of exploration and discovery and the proprietors of the DEI followed the adventures of these brave men  (and occasional women) all over the globe from the deserts of Arabia through the jungles of Equatorial Africa to the frozen wastes of the Arctic. 

The geography collection on the DEI (class G now shelved in the gallery) contains not only some of the most interesting books of the period but also some of the most beautifully illustrated, and Saturday’s talk will be an opportunity to explore the intrepid world of the great explorers.

 

Saturday 7 October 2017

Dr Robin Wootton shared books from the Natural History Collection.

 

Saturday 29 July 2017 

Dr Robert Higham spoke on ‘The Domesday Book, Old English Charters and the Institution’s Library: studying 11th- century England’

Development of the Institution’s library in the 19th century coincided with a period of great interest in the primary sources for medieval English history. This interest continued, unabated, and the library went on to acquire many crucial publications in this field.

This brief talk will draw attention to items on our shelves, published between the 1780s and our own day, containing the texts of Domesday Book and Old English charters or containing scholarly discussions of those sources and what they reveal about late Saxon and early Norman England.

To these printed items can now be added internet resources which can be consulted from desks in our – indeed in any – library amidst the published output of more than two centuries. Past, present and future generations of readers – both professional and amateur – are thus connected.