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

November 6

Workshop: An Introduction to Bookbinding

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

This short, two hour workshop will focus on the physical aspects of books—the parts of a book and the importance of each part being made correctly for the set purpose of each book, its readability, and longevity. Participants will be encouraged to make one or two introductory sewn pamphlets.

As space is limited, please register at:

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Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

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


Spring Term (DATE TBA)

Paleography Workshop: Introduction to Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts

Dr. Erin Kelly (Department of English)

Did you know that UVic Special Collections holds examples of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscripts (including letters, legal documents, and armorial records)? By the end of this ninety-minute workshop, you’ll be able to read these texts and to work with the increasing numbers of digitized manuscript documents available online. Dr. Kelly will introduce you to the most common hands, give you a chance to try writing with a quill, and help you transcribe some documents. This workshop will be of particular use to graduate students interested in early modern English history and culture, but all are welcome.

Space is limited to 15 participants for each workshop session.