UoL Society of Bibliophiles

Our Summer event: ‘Ian Fleming, Author as Collector’

For our next event, we have been cordially invited to a lecture, Q&A and drinks reception on Ian Fleming, the author as collector.

The event is part of London Rare Books Week 2017, which coincides with the ABA Olympia and PBFA Book Fair and is jointly hosted by the Ian Fleming Society and The Book Collector. The lecture will be given by Jon Gilbert, author of the award-winning Ian Fleming Bibliography, antiquarian book dealer and collector, who will enlighten the audience with his insightful knowledge of the Bond author. Not only did Fleming set up The Book Collector 65 years ago, he also managed to create one of the most inspiring book collections.

His collection is now part of the Lilly Library and Jon will talk about some of the highlights and Ian’s collecting secrets, but also about the Bond creator’s reading habits – his love of poetry, thrillers and adventure stories. Ian’s nephew James Fleming will be introducing Jon, who will be joined by Fergus Fleming for a short Q&A afterwards.

The lecture will then be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by The Book Collector.

The event will be held in The Senate Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU on 31 May 2017, 18:00-20:00.

Details about how to register for this event will be posted shortly and so watch this space.

Institute of Historical Research Visit

Yesterday, we visited the Institute of Historical Research and were given a fantastic talk and tour by the Institute’s librarian Matthew Shaw.

After a brief introduction to the history of the IHR, Matthew showed us around their European collection and the IHR’s project on the Low Countries c17-18th pamphlets, along with other highlights including association copies and books used as ‘soft power’ in the past.

It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and current University of London students should take note- its free to register with the IHR if you’re a UoL student and use their collections. So what are you waiting for!

A year in photos…

Although we’re in the midst of Spring, we thought that now would be an apt time to reflect on all that the Society of Bibliophiles have achieved in its inaugural year.

After a fabulous launch party, we were invited to join the Cambridge Union of Bibliophiles in November for one of their events. Scott Mandelbrote, of Peterhouse college, welcomed us with open arms and we were treated to a showing of some beautiful books; most notably, by Pat Aske, Librarian of Pembroke College Library, including the Donor Book for Pembroke that was put together by Wrenn.

In December, we donned our Santa hats for the Uol Bibliophiles Christmas Party, which was kindly hosted by Peter Harrington and sponsored by the Private Libraries Association. It was a truly festive affair with mice pies and that classic winter beverage- gin (ahem!).

2017, kicked off with a fantastic visit to Lambeth Palace Library, hosted by the knowledgeable Giles Mandelbrote. After wandering around in awe of the Palace itself, we had a lovely time in their restoration room and learnt all about the process of maintaining and restoring the collection. We ended up doing what bibliophiles do best, in the Great Hall for a drinks reception.

As we look forward to the next academic year, the committee are currently in the process of booking events and so if you would like to offer something or have any requests, please do get in touch. Email address and contact details are in the bio.

The UoL Society of Bibliophiles

Lambeth Palace Library Visit

For our first event of 2017, we are hosting a visit to the acclaimed Lambeth Palace Library on the 16th February 6-7:30pm. Once described by James I as ‘a monument of fame’, the library was founded in 1610 and is one of England’s oldest public libraries.

The visit will include a tour, courtesy of the Librarian and Archivist Giles Mandelbrote, and an opportunity to see some of the library’s most notable works.

We only have a select number of tickets available for this event and so current University of London students and staff will be prioritised. However there will be a couple of tickets for those of you who are not affiliated with the university: please ensure that you select the correct option from the drop-down menu on the Eventbrite.

Register here:

We have now set up our society bank account and are just waiting on confirmation from Paypal. Once this has been finalised, details about how you can (officially) join will be emailed out to you.

We’ve also had some issues with our email server recently, with some members not receiving MailChimp emails. As such, we will be trialling Jiscmail soon and so we apologise if you receive this email twice.

Thank you for all of your patience on both fronts!

The Society of Bibliophiles Team

Programme of Events

It’s been a fantastic first year for the University of London Society of Bibliophiles and we’re looking forward to 2017.

We have three more events coming up and we’d love to see you there!


Visit to Lambeth Palace Library

16th February 2017, 6-7:30pm

Lambeth Palace, SE1 7JU


Visit to the Institute of Historical Research

3rd April 2017, 6:30-8pm

Senate House Library, WC1E 7HU


London Rare Books Week Lecture & Reception

31st May 2017, 5-9pm

Senate House Library, WC1E 7HU


Eventbrite links will be sent out via email in advance.

Please email to join the mailing list.

Christmas Party

It’s nearly time for our next event! And you are all cordially invited to our Christmas Party, held in conjunction with the Private Libraries Association.

Peter Harrington have kindly agreed to host us at their new(-ish) Dover Street store on the 13th December. Festivities commence at 7:30pm and so please join us for an evening of wine, mince pies and stimulating bibliophilic discussion… and who knows? You may even spot something to put on the Christmas list.

Please register using the Eventbrite link below and we look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP using the Eventbrite link HERE


The Society is declared open

Thank you to all those who attended the Bibliophiles launch- canapés were eaten, wine consumed and much fun was had. Photos from the event can be found below.

We have now appointed our Secretary and Treasurer, Anne Welsh (UCL) and Daichi Ishikawa (QMUL) respectively, however we’re still looking for some more committee members- if you would like to be considered then please do let us know.

Our next event is on the 30th November 2016 and will be held in conjunction with the Cambridge Union of Bibliophiles at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Please note, this event is for *current* University of London students and staff only, due to limited space at the Peterhouse meeting. Our next full society event will be the Christmas Party on the 13th, held in conjunction with the PLA.

On the 30th, the meeting will be held at 8:30pm, 4 St Peter’s Terrace, Trumpington Street, Cambridge but we will be meeting informally from 7pm onwards at The Mill. Please email: if you are joining us on the 30th, so that we have an idea of numbers.

We hope to see you there!


Society Sponsors

Despite the lack of blog-posting activity, lots has been going on behind the scenes here at UoL Bibliophiles HQ. We can finally announce our generous and benevolent sponsors and are days away from publishing this year’s programme of events.

Our sponsors include Bonhams Auctioneers, The Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and Maggs Bros, who have all kindly agreed to pledge their support to the society and to our events. We are eternally grateful.

Keep checking back for our events announcement, but we can confirm that there will be talks and visits involving Lambeth Palace Library, Peterhouse College, Cambridge and London Rare Books Week 2017.

The launch party is also fast-approaching and will be on Friday 28th October 7-9pm, Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Sq. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions or would like to join the committee, then please do contact us on:


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Artwork designed by lkpie

We owe a HUGE thank you to the incredibly talented Lisa Pietsch, A.K.A Lkpie, for designing our fab new logo and launch poster. As contemporary and avant-garde as our new society… we love it!

Please check out the rest of her work on Instagram: @lkpie

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