Special Collections Lunchtime Drop-Ins

A delegate examining a medieval book at our Special Collections drop in.

Explore the medieval resources of Leeds University Library Special Collections and meet the people who take care of them at our special lunchtime drop-in session during IMC 2022.

Special Collections Drop-In Sessions

Highlights from Leeds University Library Special Collections: Ripon Cathedral Library and Archives

Hosted by Leeds University Library’s Special Collections

Monday 04 July, 12.00-14.00
Parkinson Building: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Join us for a drop-in session to see medieval treasures from Ripon Cathedral Library and Archives in this milestone year as Ripon Cathedral celebrates 1,350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672.

The Library of Ripon Cathedral is held on long-term deposit in Special Collections at the University of Leeds. Medieval manuscripts include a Latin Bible of c. 1260 and the Ripon Psalter of 1418. Hidden in the library are many medieval manuscript fragments, recycled to strengthen the bindings of the books. Around 70 fragments have been physically removed from the books and a much greater number remain in situ. The Ripon Dean & Chapter Archives consist of the medieval fabric and account rolls, chapter acts, and court papers.

Special Collections houses over 300,000 rare books and seven kilometres of manuscripts and archives, including the celebrated Brotherton Collection. Find details of Special Collections opening times and collections at https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1500/special_collections

Find out more about events marking Ripon Cathedral’s 1350th anniversary here: https://www.riponcathedral.org.uk/1350th/#section-events

 

Highlights from Leeds University Library Special Collections

Hosted by Leeds University Library’s Special Collections

Tuesday 05, Wednesday 06, and Thursday 07 July, 12.00-14.00
Parkinson Building: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

This event is free of charge (first come, first served).

Join us for a drop-in session to see medieval treasures from Special Collections at the University of Leeds. Special Collections staff will be in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery with a selection of highlights from the collections for delegates to examine close up.

The collections at Leeds contain beautiful illuminated 15th-century French and Flemish books of hours, psalters, and prayer books, as well as German chained manuscripts from the 1450s. Some of these will be on show alongside examples from our fine collection of incunabula. The Library of Ripon Cathedral is held on long-term deposit in Special Collections at the University of Leeds, and includes a Latin Bible from the 13th century. A highlight of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Collection is the enormous series of surviving court rolls of the manor of Wakefield (1274-1925).

Special Collections houses over 300,000 rare books and seven kilometres of manuscripts and archives, including the celebrated Brotherton Collection. Find details of Special Collections opening times and collections at library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1500/special_collections.

 

Other Exhibitions

Additionally, throughout IMC 2022, the following galleries and exhibitions will be taking place:

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Building

The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is the public face of the world-renowned Special Collections held at the University of Leeds.
The permanent display contains many highlights, including beautiful illuminated medieval manuscripts and rare early printed books from across the globe. Special Collections holds an unprecedented five collections which have been identified as nationally or internationally significant through the Arts Council England Designation Scheme.
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00-17.00. Free admission.

During IMC 2022, we will also be hosting the following exhibition:

The Cottingley Fairies: A Study in Deception

Do you believe in fairies? Just over one hundred years ago Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the Cottingley fairies photographs in “The Strand Magazine”. But how did the literary genius behind the detective mastermind Sherlock Holmes get fooled by fake fairies? Discover the secrets behind the greatest hoax of the twentieth century in this exhibition.
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Building
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00-17.00. Free admission.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00-17.00. Free admission.
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is an oasis of calm at the heart of the University of Leeds campus. During IMC 2022, these exhibitions will be taking place:

Poem, Story and Scape in the Work of Kevin Crossley-Holland

An exhibition of material from the Kevin Crossley-Holland literary archive, which explores his diverse engagement with mythology and the medieval through translation, poetry, and his incredibly successful ‘Arthur’ trilogy.
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson building
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00-17.00. Free admission.

Seeing Stars

See outer space through a different lens. This exhibition explores our lasting fascination with the cosmos and our impulse to overcome the limits of what is visible and knowable. Discover artists who use and challenge the newest technologies for space imaging in their art practice.
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00-17.00. Free admission

Find out more via the University of Leeds Library and Galleries website.