Since its opening in 1884, Bangor University has gathered many rare books and manuscripts into its Library and Archives. This series of lectures, delivered by experts from across the University, will introduce the public to some of the rare objects in its collections. These artefacts include a unique medieval Book of Hours, a Caernarfon printer's Notebook, rare editions of the Arthurian legends, Welsh magazines from the 1920s and illustrated volumes of travel writing. The lectures will take place in the beautiful Shankland Library at the University's College Road site in Bangor and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Shankland Lectures 2016
You are warmly invited to the second series of The Shankland Lectures, each of which is based upon treasures and rare material held in Bangor University’s Library and Archive. The lectures take place in The Shankland Library, where a selection of the books around which each talk is based will also be on display. The lectures begin at 5pm and last around an hour.
- 12 October. Mr Stephen Rees, School of Music, Fiddle Tunes from Anglesey. The session will include live music.
- 19 October. Professor Carol Tully, School of Modern Languages, ‘Postcards from North Wales, England. Nineteenth-century European Travellers and the Discovery of Wales.’
- 9 November. Dr Lyle Skains, School of Creative Studies and Media, ‘Putting the “E” in “e-books”: Exploiting the digital interactivity inherent in dedicated e-readers.’
- 18 November: Prof Raluca Radulescu - King Arthur in the Book: Uncovering Treasures in the Arthurian Collection.
- 23 November. Dr Shaun Evans, Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE), ‘‘Extremely useful for singeing fowls & lighting fires’: The social life of Welsh estate collections – past, present, future”
- 7 December. Professor Tom Corns, School of English Literature, ‘Not just a pretty face: portrait frontispieces and illustrated title-pages in early-modern England.”
- 14 December. Professor Peter Field, School of English Literature, “Searching for Camelot,” (See the BBC coverage here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-38330272)
The Shankland Lecture Series 2015
Venue: Shankland Library, Main Arts Library, Bangor University
Entrance via the Vice-Chancellor's Corridor
- 5pm Wednesday 14 October 2015: Dr Sue Niebrzydowski- In the Palm of Her Hand: The Medieval Reader of Bangor MSS/3, a Fifteenth-Century Book of Hours.
- 5pm Wednesday 28 October: Dr Maureen McCue: Picturing Italy: Illustrated Books in the Bangor Collection.
- 3.30pm Wednesday 11 November: Dr. Llion Jones: E-lyfrau trwy lygaid cyhoeddwr Cymraeg.
- 5.00pm Wednesday 11 November: Dr Eben Muse: Technologies of Reading.
- 5pm Wednesday 25 November: Prof Tony Brown and Prof Jason Walford Davies: 'Art's storehouse': The Creative World of R.S. Thomas and Elsi Eldridge.
- 5pm Wednesday 2 December: Dan Hughes: Rediscovering the Welsh Modernist Magazine
- 5pm Wednesday 9 December (Week 11): Prof Helen Wilcox- Pranks and Piety: Exploring the Early Modern Book.