Liverpool Lyceum Building

Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic: A New Database Project

1:00pm - 2:30pm / Thursday 17th December 2020
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Eighteenth-century worlds
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Mark Towsey, Sophie Jones and Max Skjönsberg

This paper introduces the work of a major new AHRC-funded project based at Liverpool and ECW which explores in unprecedented range and depth the role played by voluntary subscription libraries in the reading lives of communities and individuals across the British Isles and North America between 1731 and 1800. Team members will reflect on key questions of database design before outlining some of the ways in which catalogues and circulation records can be used to shed dramatic new light on the role played by libraries in disseminating books and ideas in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions.