Special Past & Present
St Andrews University has been collecting books and manuscripts, including poetry, for the past six centuries. In past years, Upper Library in South Street (now known as the King James Library) contained cabinets of curiosities which were a tourist attraction as early as the nineteenth century. More recently these collections were recognised as worthy of specialist care and a Special Collections division of the University Library was established. Those attending this "special" Past & Present will have the rare opportunity to view and learn about a selection of poetry related items from the Special Collections. The event is free but ticketed and limited to a maximum of twenty.
For StAnza's "Going Dutch" language focus for 2018, this event will explore the relationship between Scotland and Flanders, including consideration of both Flemish and Dutch texts, and also people living in Scotland called Fleming, descended from Flemish forebears. The items on display will include medieval book of hours and Psalter, charters, and rare books published in Antwerp and Louvain.
Please note that it is not permitted to take large bags or umbrellas into the venue, and photography will not be permitted until the end of the event.
This event takes place in the Napier Reading Room at Martyrs Kirk on North Street, the University Library's new facility.
In association with the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections division