The Hilary 2017 LMH Library exhibition, by Tom Cook
The phrase ‘literary treasures’ is a bit of a cliché: it sounds more like a collection of pedantic Victorian stories for children than a dignified library exhibition; and three great writers of the 1800s – Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Hardy and W. B. Yeats – certainly play their parts in its orchestration.
This exhibition draws on a wide range of time-periods, authors and genres. The earliest books in the exhibit date from the early 1600s; the most recent are works by living alumni of LMH, which are still loaned to students today. Some of the books, such as the Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes, shed light on the Britain that existed at the time of their publication, while the books inscribed by Robert Graves and Stevie Smith tell more local stories – not just about their authors, but LMH’s one-time principal, Sally Chilver, who died in 2014.
The exhibition is therefore designed to proceed more-or-less chronologically, with some early printed dictionaries, then proceeding through various poets, preachers and playwrights to the present day.
LMH Special Collections are open to visitors by appointment during staffed hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are trying to limit external visitors as much as possible, during the pandemic.
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