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Professor Bill Bell (Cardiff University): 'Mobility and Meaning: Libraries at Sea and the Problem of the Reader'

This talk will examine a range of mobile libraries established between 1830 and 1918 in order to determine whether the intentions of their founders aligned with their use by readers. A quantity of archival evidence exists for the libraries of convicts, soldiers, and polar explorers, for example, relating not only to the imperatives of their organisers but also to the reading practices of their users. How was reading transformed on the move and in the field and what implications does this have for the role of the library in a colonial context? 
  
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