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

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