Our Conference Programme: 17-18 April 2023, University of Stirling

We are very excited this week to release the programme for the forthcoming Books and Borrowing conference, held as part of the Libraries, Lives and Legacies Research Festival, at the University of Stirling on 17th and 18th April of this year.

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If you are not giving a paper but would like to be notified when registration opens, please contact Katie Halsey (katherine.halsey@stir.ac.uk) directly.


Download here (Word): Books and Borrowing Conference Programme Final-1

Time Place Event Place Event
Monday 17 April
9:00 Foyer, Iris Murdoch Building Registration
9:30 Main Lecture Theatre Welcome

Demonstration of the ‘Books and Borrowing’ Database

10:30 Foyer Tea
11:00 Room 1 Panel 1a: Reading Practices in Non-Institutional Spaces

Tim Pye, Had; Lent; Returned: Borrowing from the Country House Library

Abigail Williams, ‘I myself chose Bruton Saturdays’: Mapping Non Elite Book Use in Rural Settings

Melanie Bigold, Establishing Book Legacies: Collecting and Bequeathing ‘Her Books’

Sam Bailey, The Circulation and Reading of Erotic Books in Coffee-House Libraries

Room 2 Panel 1b: Institutional Libraries

Kit Baston, The Advocates Library and the Writing of History

Zachary Brookman, Building the Bürgerbibliothek: Donating to the Zurich Public Library in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Gerard Lee McKeever, French Historians and Narratives of Literary History

Maximiliaan van Woudenberg, English Texts at Home and Abroad: Book Circulation and Reading Habits in Research, Subscription, and College Libraries


13:00 Foyer Lunch
14:00 Room 1 Panel 2a: Circulation

Angela Esterhammer, Reading Piecemeal: John Galt’s Miscellaneous Publishing Ventures

Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman, ‘Still my ardent sensibility led me back to novels’: Metaphors of Reading, 1760-1820

Amy Solomons, ‘Counted over my books and found I had about 800 here already’ (1830): Anne Lister’s Reading Spaces and Experiences

Charley Matthews, Reading and Reviews as Sites of Gendered Power for David ‘Doddy’ Lyndsay (1790-1830) and Anne Lister (1791-1840)

Room 2 Panel 2b: Private and Religious Libraries

Michelle Craig, Discovering Dr William Hunter’s Use of Books: Antiquarianism and Reading within the Hunterian Library

Natasha Simonova, ‘The very land of parchments & papers’:  The Wrest Park Library as Coterie Hub

Joshua Smith, ‘The best theological library that I know in Scotland’: The Borrowings and Borrowers of the Leighton Library, Dunblane

Baiyu Andrew Song, ‘I have a much larger room to sleep in, and good closets for my books’: Joseph Kinghorn (1766-1832) and His Library


16:00 Foyer Tea
16:30 Main Lecture Theatre Keynote 1

Deidre Lynch, The Social Lives of Scraps: Shearing, Sharing, Scavenging, Gleaning

17:30 Foyer Short Break
17:45 Foyer Reception
19:30 Stirling Court Hotel Dinner


Time Place Event Place Event
Tuesday 18 April
9:00 Main Lecture Theatre Plenary Roundtable: Borrowers’ Registers Across Scotland

Lara Haggerty, The Library of Innerpeffray

Robert Betteridge, National Library of Scotland

Elizabeth Quarmby-Lawrence, Edinburgh University Library

Robert MacLean, Glasgow University Library

Rachel Hart, University of St Andrews Library

10:30 Foyer Tea
11:00 Room 1 Panel 3a: Readers, Libraries and Loss

Jessica G. Purdy, Libraries of Lost Books?

Jacob Baxter, Sir William Temple and His Readers

Elise Watson, Addressing the ‘Black Holes’ of Ephemeral Catholic Print

Room 2 Panel 3b: Books on the Move

Jill Dye, Missing, and wishing, and hoping?: Sources for Identifying Printed Books held by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1780-1830

John Stone, Diasporic Books and Recusant Institutions: Remaking the Libraries of Anglophone Catholic Colleges in Spain, 1770-1820

Kelsey Jackson Williams, Looting or Preservation?: Monastic Libraries and English Collectors During the Napoleonic Wars

Brittani Ivan, On the Margins of the Public: Women in the Australian Subscription Library (1826-1869)

12:30 Foyer Lunch
13:30 Room 1 Panel 4a: Annotation, Transcription and Reading

Ruth Abbott, Thomas Gray and the Art of Transcribing Historical Manuscripts

Robert Betteridge, Lord Hailes’s Reading of David Hume’s Four Dissertations

Natalie Tal Harries, Unveiling ‘the treasures that would charm a bibliomaniac’: Walter Scott’s Supernatural Scholarship and Romantic Reading Communities

Hannah Jeans, Unprofitable Romances?: Reading, Identity and Seventeenth-Century Women’s Networks

Room 2 Panel 4b: Education

Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell, Tobias Smollett, Fool of Quality and The Art of Drawing: The Grindlay Bequest and Childhood Reading Practices at the Royal High School, Edinburgh 

Mary Fairclough, Lyric, Hymn and School Text: Barbauld’s ‘An Address to the Deity’ and Reading Aloud

Duncan Frost, Bird Books: Advertising, Consumption and Readers of Songbird Training Manuals

Robin Rider, Assessing the Eighteenth-Century Market for Algebra


15:30 Foyer Tea
16:00 Main Lecture Theatre Keynote Lecture 2

Andrew Pettegree, The Universal Short Title Catalogue: Big Data and its Perils



Main Lecture Theatre Closing Remarks
17:15 Close