‘Picture this…’ is the monthly on-line feature which takes one image from the Cathedral Library’s store of manuscripts and early printed books in order to share its context and content with a world-wide web audience.
In August 2013, the feature, a collaborative project between Canterbury Cathedral Library and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent( MEMS), will mark the first year anniversary with an exhibition held at the Cathedral Library. Running from 19 to 30 August, 14:00 to 16:00 hrs, the exhibition will include all of the books from which the year’s selection of articles was taken.
Image-inspired articles penned by Kent scholars include subjects as varied as Deeds of Derring-Do, the Reflections of St John on Patmos and early-modern frogs.
Jayne Wackett (MEMS), editor and co-founder of the feature with Cathedral Librarian Karen Brayshaw, commented that
It will be a wonderful opportunity for people to experience for real the books that they have seen digitally over the past twelve months. Gaining a sense of the materiality of the manuscripts and books is a valuable part of understanding them.
Jayne Wackett (MEMS) editor and co-founder of the feature.
Striking the correct balance between access and conservation can be difficult with precious books and using the medium of the internet is a wonderful way of opening out the library’s collection to the general public which just would not be possible on a daily basis. However, Karen Brayshaw’s wish to ‘reveal some of the treasures hidden within the Cathedral Library’ will become a physical reality for the two weeks of the exhibition.
A half-day symposium, free of charge and open to all with prior booking, will take place as a launch event for the exhibition on Saturday 17 August from 10:00 to 13:00 hrs. Some article authors will expand upon the books that they examined this year and there will be a chance to preview the exhibition.
To book a place on the symposium, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01227-865330.
The exhibition will be open daily from 14:00 until 16:00 hrs.
Normal admission charges apply for visiting the Cathedral.