Italian Collections in UK Libraries: Past, Present & Future

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A day-long exploration of 600 years of collecting Italian books in the UK

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This event takes place at the British Library.

Meet specialists from libraries, the book trade, publishing and academia, to explore the amazingly rich variety of Italian book collections in the UK, from Dante to Ferrante, and the ways they’ve been acquired and read over the last 600 years.

Whether found in major public institutions or hidden away in lesser-known collections, the presence of these books reflects the long history of Anglo-Italian relations, from the Grand Tour to the Risorgimento and beyond.

After a series of talks on individual collections the day will end with a round-table discussion on ways of using and promoting this important historical legacy as well as at the issues surrounding the publication and acquisition of Italian books in a digital age.

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Name: Italian Collections in UK Libraries: Past, Present & Future
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546