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March 27: Medieval Manuscripts Open House with Dr. Sandra Hindman

March 29: Treasures and Tea: The Word in Miniature: Exploring Victorian Thumb Bibles


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March 27, 3:00-5:00 pm

Medieval Manuscripts Open House

Dr. Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures

Room A005, Lower Level, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library

Join us for an opportunity to view the twenty-one medieval manuscripts currently on loan to UVic Libraries from Les Enluminures. Dr. Sandra Hindman, Founder and President of Les Enluminures, will present an informal lecture at 3:00 pm and will be on-hand throughout the open house to share her expertise about this dynamic collection of manuscripts.

March 29, 12:30-1:30 pm

Treasures and Tea: The Word in Miniature: Exploring Victorian Thumb Bibles

Alyssa Currie, English Department, UVic

Room A003, Lower Level, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library

In the nineteenth century, a curious genre of literature experienced newfound popularity. Thumb Bibles-- miniature, abridged versions of the Bible, often embellished with illustrations and intended for children-- provide valuable insight into material culture and religious instruction during the Victorian era. In this lecture, Alyssa Currie will offer a lively introduction to the genre and present a remarkable example from UVic Special Collections: The Little Picture Testament

​Alyssa Currie is a Master’s student in the English Department at the University of Victoria. Her MA research uses primary sources to locate tigers in late 18th century London and thus reconsider William Blake’s “The Tyger.” Ms. Currie’s academic interests have led her to pursue research in London and complete a summer co-op at Library and Archive Canada. Her article "The Victorian Thumb Bible as Material Object: Charles Tilt’s The Little Picture Testament (1839)" recently appeared in Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens.​

Treasures and Tea in Special Collections and the University Archives brings together researchers, instructors, students, and members of the community to explore and share materials from the collections. The informal show-and-tell presentations are followed by discussion and refreshments.


We welcome members of the campus and community for tours of our collection holdings.  To request a tour, please contact us at: .


Special Collections and University Archives hosts workshops that prepare graduate students for in-depth research with rare books and archives.

Past Events

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2015

Treasures and Tea, Fall 2015

Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book Speaker Series and Symposium, 2015-16

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2016

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2017

Manuscripts in the Curriculum, Spring 2017

Past Exhibits, 2017-