Our Aims

The Centre for Bibliographical History aims to:

  • establish a centre with international distinction in bibliographical history, the history of books, bibliographical and information studies
  • gain research grant funding and pursue pioneering research in bibliographical history, locally, nationally and internationally
  • develop international networks of collaborative work in early modern and modern bibliography
  • support study of the humanities, and in particular the existing study and teaching of the Enlightenment at the University of Essex, with bibliographical research in ‘Enlightenment Networks’
  • fulfil a critical and local need in the enhancement of heritage management, rare books library coordination and training in librarianship and information studies
  • develop postgraduate provision related to bibliographical history
  • work towards the long-term establishment of a School of Library, Information and Bibliographical Studies, professionally affiliated to CILIP (Chartered Institution of Library and Information Studies)
  • support the special collections of the Albert Sloman Library, and the Samuel Harsnett collection in particular, releasing the long-hidden research potential of the collection
  • support the cataloguing work on the Harsnett Library undertaken by Dr Clare French in the Albert Sloman Library, opening up the collection to scholarship and enhancing the reputation of the University
  • provide a history of the book centre that is not tied to national boundaries and national units of investigation and gain external funding from a wide range of international sources
  • provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of current work in the field
  • build on the longstanding expertise and international reputation of the Department of History in cultural history by extending its reach to bibliographical and book history and by developing further interdisciplinary connections and working relationships within the Faculty of Humanities, the Albert Sloman Library, and other departments of the University
  • draw on the wider University and Essex, Suffolk and East Anglian community of scholars working in the field

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