Additional Summer Talks

The Society is delighted to announce a bonus Summer Season of Zoom Talks to bring us all together over the long gap from May to September.

Three distinguished collectors have kindly agreed to tell us the fascinating stories of their collecting and something of the discoveries they have made.

Put the dates in your diary now!

Wednesday 24th June

The Great Diary Project
by Dr Irving Finkel

Dr Finkel is best known as the British Museum’s expert on ancient Babylon but he has many other interests too, including the collecting of manuscript diaries to form a new public collection. From those written centuries ago, to those scribed in code and right up to date he has amassed thousands of them and found a permanent home for the collection. He will tell us about some of the gems he has turned up and bring the story right up to date.

Wednesday 29th July

But do you actually read them? – 45 years of collecting fine bindings
by Anthony Davis FSA

Anthony, a retired lawyer, has collected fine bookbindings since he was a schoolboy. He is a Council member of the Bibliographical Society (the leading learned society for the study of old books) and writes and talks about fine bindings and book collecting. He is also a qualified tour guide specialising in book related walks in central London.

Wednesday 26th August

Printed Board Games as a record of History
by Prof Adrian Seville FSA

Adrian’s academic career began in Physics and has for many years collected printed board games. Since retirement he has become the world’s leading authority on the Game of the Goose – a simple dice game known throughout Europe for over 400 years. Many of these games give great insight into the social history of the time. He has exhibited his collection in New York and his latest book on the subject was recently published the the University of Amsterdam Press.

All three talks will take place at 8pm sharp – please arrive at 7.45pm on Zoom.

The link for each meeting will be sent out the week before to all members for whom we have an email address.