Events

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Upcoming

September 16-20: Exhibition: Ocean Myths and Realities: From Folklore to Facts

September 19: Collections in Conversation: Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-bye to All That

September 23: Manuscripts on Mondays: A Medieval Manuscripts Scavenger Hunt

October 2: Collections in Conversation: The Lost World of Telidon: Challenges in the Restoration of Glenn Howarth's Digital Art

October 22: Collections in Conversation: Royal City Music Project

November 1: Workshop: An Introduction to Bookbinding

November 4: Collections in Conversation: The American Mountaineer Who Invented Canadian English

November 16: Collections in Conversation: Poetry, Paper and Prints

November 18: Manuscripts on Mondays: A Parchment Prodigal, or, the Travels of a Medieval Charter

November 25: Manuscripts on Mondays: Poetry and Matrilineage in a 15th century English Genealogical Roll


Exhibitions

September 16-20

Ocean Myths and Realities: From Folklore to Facts

In celebration of Science Literacy Week, Special Collections and University Archives showcases its collection related to this year's theme: oceans. This exhibition features rare materials providing insight into human exploration and understanding of the sea. Highlights include early studies of sea life to contemporary research at UVic, such as the creation of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Human study, use – and misuse – of the ocean is richly captured through rare print and archival materials on display.

Dates: September 16-20, 2019

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A005

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Lectures

September 19

Collections in Conversation: Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-bye to All That

Jean Moorcroft Wilson (Birkbeck, University of London)

Eminent literary biographer, Jean Moorcroft Wilson, will give a talk from volume one of her new biography of Robert Graves, which explores Graves' reputation as a war poet, the question of why he suppressed virtually all the poems he had published during and just after the war, and why his suppressed poems have been largely neglected.

Scholar and writer Jean Moorcroft is a lecturer in English at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published biographies of First World War poets including Siegfried Sassoon, as well as biographies of Virginia Woolf, Charles Sorley, Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, and William Watson. Her late husband was the publisher Cecil Woolf, nephew of Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Jean Moorcroft is visiting the University of Victoria to conduct research for the upcoming second volume of her biography on Robert Graves, forthcoming from Bloomsbury.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Collections in Conversation brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


September 23

Manuscripts on Mondays: A Medieval Manuscripts Scavenger Hunt

Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (Department of English)

Join us for the first Manuscripts on Mondays of the term. In this session almost ALL of the medieval manuscripts held in Special Collections at the University of Victoria will be on display, providing a unique opportunity to see these rare and unique holdings all together. Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin will introduce participants to the collection, invite attendees to hunt for evidence and information in what they see, and discuss current and future opportunities for research. Come explore – and examine – a range of manuscripts dating from as early as 1201 and including literary and religious texts, Books of Hours, charters, letters, and a scroll.

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.


October 2

Collections in Conversation: The Lost World of Telidon: Challenges in the Restoration of Glenn Howarth’s Digital Art

John Durno (Head of Library Systems, UVic Libraries)

In 2012, the University of Victoria Archives received a donation of materials from the estate of the artist Glenn Howarth, RCA. Included in the donation were several 5.25" floppy disks containing the only known copies of the artist's early digital artworks. Created in the early 1980s using locally developed software implementing a videotex graphics standard developed by the federal Department of Communications, these artworks were deeply enmeshed in the technology of their era. This talk will discuss the particular challenges encountered recovering and restoring these artworks as well as larger questions relating to maintaining the authenticity of digital artworks across multiple generations of computing hardware and software.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room 025

Collections in Conversation brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


October 22

Collections in Conversation: Royal City Music Project

Glenn Parfitt (Royal City Music Project)

The Royal City Music Project, co-founded by Glenn Parfitt in 2002, documents music history in Victoria and the West Coast. Parfitt will discuss the Royal City Music Project website, which won the Hallmark Heritage Society Communications Award in 2016, and his collection of documentaries, publications, pictures, posters, records, cassettes, and memorabilia dating from the 1950s to today. Join us for a trip back in time to learn about Victoria's musical past.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Collections in Conversation brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


November 4

Collections in Conversation: The American Mountaineer Who Invented Canadian English

Dr. Stefan Dollinger (Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of British Columbia)

This talk introduces Charles J. Lovell, an amateur philologist of outstanding qualities despite - or because of - his grade 8 education. Lovell, a long-forgotten mountaineer and word buff, convinced the Canadian Linguistic Association in 1957 to support the creation of Canadian dictionaries of English. This talk reconstructs the stories of Lovell and the five other pioneers, from archival material, of the codification of Canadian English, all of whom are connected to the University of Victoria, but who are long forgotten. It offers a peek into the full story recently made available as Creating Canadian English: the Professor, the Mountaineer, and a National Variety of English (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Collections in Conversation brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


November 16

Collections in Conversation: Poetry, Paper and Prints

Jeanne Iribarne PhD (Department of English, Camosun College)
Frances Hunter (Red Tower Bookworks, book artist and publisher)
Thekla Albrecht-Iribarne (visual artist, printmaker)

A reading by poet and playwright Jeanne Iribarne (J. Iribarne) from two new poetry chapbooks, Ocean Echoes and Urban Echoes, published in Victoria by Red Tower Bookworks.

Following the reading, Frances Hunter will comment on the design, papermaking, printing, and binding of the special and regular editions with a hands-on display of materials and tools used in making the chapbooks.

Printmaker Thekla Albrecht-Iribarne will display work made in collaboration with her daughter Jeanne which introduces an alternative approach to integrating poetry and image.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Collections in Conversation brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


November 18

Manuscripts on Mondays: A Parchment Prodigal, or, the Travels of a Medieval Charter

Stephanie Lahey (PhD candidate, Department of English)

In 1391, a charter of Earl Marshall Sir Thomas Mowbray (1366-1399) confirmed and extended a series of grants and gifts made to the Augustinian Priory of Newnham, Bedfordshire, by Sir William de Beauchamp (c. 1185-1260). Although confirmed by surviving records, researchers long believed that Mowbray's original 1391 charter had been lost long ago. This talk identifies a manuscript in Special Collections as the missing original, tracing its convoluted transmission route from 14th-century Bedfordshire to 21st-century British Columbia.

Date: Monday, November 18, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.

 


November 25

Manuscripts on Mondays: Poetry and Matrilineage in a 15th century English Genealogical Roll

Kate Baxter (Department of English)

This talk will cover recent work with a genealogical scroll (Ms Brown.Lat.1), which has led to new discoveries about the roll's origins and intended use. Information contained within the roll, as well as comparative analysis with the roll's original (Pepys Library MS 2314), suggests that the roll may have been used to further the Yorkist claim in the opening years of the Wars of the Roses. Serving a propagandistic function, the roll highlights the unique matrilineal inheritance that the House of York used to lay claim to the throne of England in the 1460s.

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.

 



Tours

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


Workshops

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


 

November 1

Workshop: An Introduction to Bookbinding

Joan Byers, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG)

This two-hour workshop will focus on the physical aspects of the book through a hands-on introduction to bookbinding. Participants will learn about how different parts of a book relate to a book's intended use (including factors such as readability and longevity). Participants will have an opportunity to make one or two introductory sewn pamphlets.

Free and open to the public.

As space is limited, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-an-introduction-to-bookbinding-tickets-73620335405.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003


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

Manuscripts on Mondays/Treasures and Tea, Fall 2017

Manuscripts on Mondays/Treasures and Tea, Spring 2018

Manuscripts on Mondays/Treasures and Tea, Fall 2018

Manuscripts on Mondays/Treasures and Tea, Spring 2019

Collections in Conversation/Manuscripts on Mondays, Fall 2019

Past Exhibits, 2017-