Fifty Years, Fifty Books

Posted on March 19, 2014 | in CRC, events, Exhibitions, Featured, Library, Library, Library & University Collections, Uncategorized | by

Opening: 28 March 2014 | Where: Exhibition Gallery, Main Library, George Square | Closing: 14 June 2014 | Curated by: Dr. Joseph Marshall, University of Edinburgh

1962 to 2012 – Fifty Years and Fifty Books: An Exhibition

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The Centre for Research Collections is delighted to announce the launch of Fifty Years, Fifty Books exhibition at the University of Edinburgh Main Library, opening on 28 March 2014 and closing 14 June 2014.

In 1962 the Friends of Edinburgh University Library held their first meeting.  They agreed to work to support “the purchase of rare or valuable books, manuscripts or documents” and “to enhance the resources and reputation of the library”.  Fifty years later, we want to recognise the great contribution made by the Friends by hosting an exhibition of their purchases for the University.  Thanks to their consistent support, our Special Collections are now among the world’s foremost for research, teaching and scholarship.

Many of the items in the exhibition have never been seen on public display before.  The Exhibition Gallery – opened in 2009 – was itself supported by the generosity of the Friends. This fantastic space will contain a fine selection of material purchased with the help of the Friends, including early editions of English drama and modern Scottish literary papers, a beautifully illustrated ‘Birds of the Pacific Slope’ and facsimiles of medieval manuscripts. Please see a small number of images of items on display, below.

‘Fifty Years, fifty books: purchases by the Friends of Edinburgh University Library, 1962-2012’, is an exhibition showcasing the extraordinary contribution made by the Friends of Edinburgh University since the early 1960s.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00. Free Admission, Members of the Public Welcome. The Exhibition Gallery is located within the University of Edinburgh Main Library building.

For more information on the Friends of Edinburgh University Library, including how to join as a member, please see their about page.

The exhibition runs from 28 March to 14 June 2014.

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1. Murchison, Sir R. I., Annotated geological map of North-West Scotland (1861)
2. Holinshed, Raphael, Chronicles, volumes 1 & 2 (1587)
3. Weidmann, F C, Der Costum-Ball am Schlusse des Carnevals (1826)


Blog post author: Steven Skeldon, Museums

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