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Dr William Noele, Sandars Reader 2018-19, Cambridge University LibrariesThe Reader for the 2018-19 series of Sandars Lectures was 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 lectures were held at the McCrum Lecture Theatre at Corpus Christi College on Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March. You can view the lectures here.

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 explored the relationship between manuscript pages and digital images, and between physical collections and digital ones. They examined 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 argued 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.