Events - Festival 2020

Special Past & Present

Thursday 7 March, 15:00 - 16:00
Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street
free / ticketed

A rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections

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 and Present will have the rare opportunity to view and learn about a selection of poetry related items from Special Collections.

For 2019 Special Collections will be putting on a display of items illustrating the wealth of material held in St Andrews which gives insights into the Mediterranean world, and its influence on a wider sphere. This will include Italian poetry, early photographs of Cyprus, beautiful drawings of classical antiquities, photograph albums and travel journals, Latin American cartonera, early printed maps, works in Arabic from North Africa, ancient Greek texts on papyrus from Upper Egypt, lavishly illustrated volumes on geography and natural history of the Mediterranean, and much more. The event is free but ticketed and limited to a maximum of twenty.

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


Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Location: Napier Special Collections Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AA. Martyrs Kirk is on the corner of Union Street, across from St Salvators Quad.

The Napier Special Collections Reading Room gives...