Lambeth Palace Library
Lambeth Palace Library (www.lambethpalacelibrary.org) is the historic library and archive of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the central repository for the documentary history of the Church of England. Founded in 1610, it has world-class collections of illuminated manuscripts, important holdings of early printed books (including much of the historic library of Sion College, London) and extensive archival collections. It will reopen in the second half of 2021 in a brand-new purpose-built building on the Lambeth Pslace site, which will provide many new opportunities for public engagement and exhibitions, as well as better facilities for research.
HOW WOULD LAHP STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM A PLACEMENT AT LAMBETH PALACE LIBRARY
LAHP students will benefit from gaining insights into the workings of a middle-sized, but internationally important research library which combines books, manuscripts and archives. They will have the opportunity to meet and learn from a professional staff of about 30 archivists, librarians and conservators. Depending on the project undertaken, they may gain skills in describing manuscripts, early printed books or archives and in promoting these collections through social media, public events and/or exhibitions with demonstrable public impact.
OPEN TO PLACEMENT PROPOSALS FROM LAHP STUDENTS AND SUPERVISORS
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT PROPOSALS
An interest in historic collections of books and manuscripts and/or archives relating to the history of the Church of England.
AREAS/DEPARTMENTS OPEN TO PLACEMENT PROPOSALS
Manuscripts, 9th-19th century; Archives (19th-20th century); early printed books (15th-19th century). Work is likely to involve organising and describing parts of the Library’s collections, training in cataloguing, researching and writing blog posts, exhibition captions, helping with digitisation projects.
PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
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