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Dr William Noele, Sandars Reader 2018-19, Cambridge University LibrariesThe Reader for the 2018-19 series of Sandars Lectures is Dr William Noel, Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

The medieval manuscript and its digital image

Digital reproductions are indispensable to the study and publication of the medieval book in the twenty-first century. These lectures explore the relationship between manuscript pages and digital images, and between physical collections and digital ones. They examine the importance of interfaces in shaping audience and inquiry, and the potential of tools to aid in the archaeology of the medieval book.

The lectures argue that rather than attempting to recreate the medieval book in a virtual environment, institutions would better serve the field by presenting datasets that can be mined by users, taking advantage of the user’s skills, knowledge and imagination to embed institutional collections in twenty-first century cultural life.

Monday 11 March: Collections

Tuesday 12 March: Interfaces

Wednesday 13 March: Tools

Each lectures takes place 5-6pm at the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College (the lecture theatre is located off Bene't Street behind The Eagle pub). The final lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Lectures are free, and seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.