'How different from us?' Miss Beale’s Life, Legacy and Library.
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Though Dorothea Beale founded St Hilda’s College in 1893, it is well known that the real apple of her eye was Cheltenham Ladies' College, to whom she left almost all of her worldly goods upon her death in 1907. How, then, did so many rare and exciting books from Miss Beale’s own collections end up in St Hilda’s College Library? What do these volumes reveal about the person behind the portrait, the character behind the collection, and about her aims and ideals for her Oxford College and its Library.
College Librarian, Dr Jill Dye, in conversation with Library Fellow Prof Daniel Wakelin, for a tour through some of these revealing treasures.
Dr Jill Dye has been Librarian at St Hilda’s College since Michaelmas 2019. She holds a PhD on the borrowing records of 18th-century Scottish lending libraries, most notably the Library of Innerpeffray. Before and after her PhD, she worked at a variety of HE and specialist libraries. She has just completed a four-year term as Chair of the Historic Libraries Forum and earlier this year was made Chair of the CILIP Library & Information History Group.
Professor Daniel Wakelin is the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography. He came to Oxford from Cambridge, where he was a student at Trinity Hall, a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College and then a Fellow and University Lecturer in English at Christ’s College. He has also held visiting positions at some universities and libraries in the USA. In the Faculty of English, Professor Wakelin primarily teaches manuscript studies for the MSt course in English Language and Literature 650-1550.
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