The FNL Visit programme for Spring 2017
We are most grateful to colleagues at Bonhams, Eton College and King's College London who have kindly offered to host FNL members this Spring.
We start, on 27th Feburary, with a talk and Private View of Bonhams' Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale thanks to a special invitation from the Directors of Bonhams. We then visit Eton College Library in April followed by the Library and Archives of King's College London in May. You can find out more about these visit by scrolling down this page.
Do join us on one or more of these visits and also consider bringing a guest (who may then be moved to become a FNL member!). Either download the Spring Visits flyer below and return the completed form or contact Nell Hoare through this site to book your place(s).
Find out more about the visits:
Or download the Spring 2017 visits flyer here: fnl_spring_visits_2017_flyer.pdf
Montpelier Street, London, SW7 1HH
Bonhams has been selling books and manuscripts since its foundation in 1793 by the bookseller Walter Bonham; it is also one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today it holds book auctions in London, Edinburgh, California and New York, and conducts some 400 annual sales through its 60 specialist departments. The Printed Book, Map and Manuscript department values and auctions a huge range of material, ‘from medieval to Harry Potter’ – many items acquired with FNL’s help are purchased here. A Fine Books and Manuscripts sale will be held on 1st March 2017 and the Directors of Bonhams invite FNL members to a special talk and a private view of the sale on 27th February.
Limited to 30 places
Eton College, Windsor, SL4 6DB
Eton College Library is the rare book and manuscript library of Eton College and was established soon after the foundation of the college in 1440. It now houses more than 150,000 items, ranging in date from the 9th to 21st centuries, including printed and manuscript volumes, literary manuscripts, autograph letters, and prints and drawings. It supports visiting researchers as well as teaching of schoolchildren at Eton and beyond. The tour will include some of the highlights of the collection, including some of the items acquired with FNL’s help.
Limited to 25 places
Starting at the Foyle Special Collections Library, The Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR
The visit will begin with a tour of the Foyle Special Collections Library in Chancery Lane, which occupies part of the former Public Record Office building and houses some 180,000 volumes of printed and manuscript material. There will be a display of items, including one recently purchased with FNL’s help, and a chance to see the Revolution exhibition. Refreshments will be provided.
We will then walk down to the College’s Archives in the Strand, which include the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (10-15 minutes’ walk), for a tour and further display of unique items acquired with FNL’s help (including a Field Marshal’s wartime letters, diaries, drawings and photographs. Those who prefer not to walk to the Strand can spend more time viewing the exhibition.
Limited to 20 places