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Lincoln College

Summer School: History of Libraries (13-15 July 2016)

The Application of the Digital Humanities to the Transmission, Preservation, and

Dispersal of the European Written Heritage between the 15th and 16th Centuries


Registration for this Summer School has now closed. No further places are available.

Oxford scholars and digital projects lead the way in the fields of the transmission of written heritage, the history of libraries, and in the development of cutting-edge digital tools, funded by important institutions and in collaboration with research libraries in Europe and the United States. 

The Summer School will involve a series of:

- Four visits (Merton, Lincoln, and All Souls College Libraries; Bodleian Library)

- Seven lectures

- Eleven hours of workshops on primary sources and specialist databases.     

- Poster session, where participants involved in other, relevant, projects can discuss their project and how it fits the objectives of the Summer School.    


Lecturers and Tutors


Prospective Attendees


Signing up

The leaflet




This resource brings together two standard research tools for medieval libraries: Neil Ker’s Medieval Libraries of Great Britain and the British Academy series, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues. MLGB3 is a comprehensive project that reconstructs the contents of medieval institutional libraries by uniting two categories of evidence for the medieval provision of books: first, the extant library catalogues and booklists and other documentary sources; and second, the surviving books themselves that bear evidence on which a judgement of provenance can be made. A key component is the List of Identifications, the cumulative index of identified authors and works, which contains more than 30,000 entries for provenanced copies of about 7,500 texts, and it is still growing.

Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) 

A database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. Locating and dating any of these elements enables the movement of books across Europe and the US to be tracked throughout the centuries, from place of production to the books’ present locations.


Continuing the pioneering text descriptions of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula, Bod-inc, this database is designed to host and make searchable the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century, including secondary works and paratext.

CERL’s Thesaurus and other resources for Provenance Research 


Summer School Lecturers and Tutors

Bodleian Rare Books Curators
Irene Ceccherini - Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies and Dilts Research Fellow, Lincoln College 
Sarah Cusk - Antiquarian Cataloguer, Lincoln College 
Geri Della Rocca de Candal - 15cBOOKTRADE, Lincoln College 
Cristina Dondi - PI 15cBOOKTRADE, Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanites, Lincoln College 
Rahel Fronda - Hebrew Antiquarian Cataloguer, Lincoln College
Ian Maclean - Prof. of Renaissance Studies, All Souls College 
Matilde Malaspina - 15cBOOKTRADE, Lincoln College 
Sabrina Minuzzi - 15cBOOKTRADE 
Gaye Morgan - Librarian, All Souls College
Richard Ovenden - Bodley’s Librarian 
Maria Alessandra Panzanelli Frantoni - 15cBOOKTRADE 
Fiona Piddock - Librarian, Lincoln College 
Richard Sharpe - Prof. of Diplomatic, Faculty of Modern History 
Julia Walworth - Fellow Librarian, Merton College 
James Willoughby - Project Director, MLGB3, Faculty of Modern History 
Henry Woudhuysen - Rector of Lincoln College 



The full programme can be viewed here.

Prospective Attendees

The school is intended for early career scholars who want to specialise in the use of primary sources for historical research on the history of the book/knowledge; the transmission and reception of texts; the formation and dispersal of heritage collections; digital humanities applied to data relating to the mediaeval and early modern period. Specialist librarians working and caring for similar collection material. New contributors to databases created by the 15cBOOKTRADE Project (Material Evidence in Incunabula; TEXT-inc).            


Cost: The school will charge student fees of 150 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford. 

Accommodation: at participant’s expense. There will be a limited number of Lincoln College rooms (in Turl Street and Museum Road) available for booking, starting from £60 per night for an en-suite single. 

Breakfast and Lunch: included in the School’s fee.

Dinners: at participant’s expense. One dinner in College, others in town. Breakfast and lunches arranged via College.


Signing up

Registration for the 2016 Summer School has now closed. 


The leaflet

To view the flyer for the Summer School, please click here.

You can find out more about the manuscript and printed book, as seen in the leaflet, here