LRBS short courses take place in a variety of locations throughout the year. We offer intensive courses taught over three days, one-day courses focused on specific topics or library collections, and workshops held in London and elsewhere. Course fees with discounts for students vary according to the duration of the course. Bursaries to support those who would otherwise be unable to attend are available for some courses. 

Please see below for a list of courses on offer in 2024. 

PLEASE NOTE: This list will be updated as additional courses are confirmed. Check back regularly for more information. 

LRBS Short Courses

4-6 March 2024 | The Medieval Book

This online course  will provide an intensive introduction to manuscript culture during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The historical contexts for manuscript production will be explored and the landscape populated with some of those who commissioned and made these remarkable works. Techniques of production, terminology and methods of description and cataloguing will be examined and a brief survey of palaeography and codicology will be provided. 

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10-12 April 2024 | Recognising and Dating English Bookbindings 1450-1850

Every historic binding tells a story, not only around when it was made or repaired, but also around the choices and motives of owners. What are the key questions to ask, and what knowledge is needed in order to answer them? Using the outstanding collections in the historic library of Shrewsbury School, this course puts practical guidance on recognising bindings into that investigative framework. 

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26 April 2024 | Movable Books

From Early-Modern anatomical flap-books and rotating ‘volvelles’ to Victorian children’s books with pull-tabs and twentieth-century pop-ups, the movable book has a long and fascinating history. Using the unique collections at Cambridge University Library, this one-day intensive course traces the evolution and diverseuses of these unusual objects, giving students an opportunity to see and interact with some rare and remarkable examples.

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11 May 2024 | Medieval Book Production and the Collections of Salisbury Cathedral

This special study day will provide an introduction to the medieval manuscripts of Salisbury Cathedral, one of the most beautiful of British cathedrals, and will take place in the Cathedral’s fifteenth-century library. It will also serve as an introduction to the history of book production in medieval England, through study of the different types of evidence that can be excavated through the study of surviving books, documents and fragments in a single repository.

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15 May 2024 | Fakes and Forgeries

This one-day course offers an introduction to the subject of book forgery. It is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to identify fakes, in addition to providing a historical overview of their production from the early modern period to the present day. Students will learn about false imprints, techniques of duplication, the doctoring of facsimiles, sophisticated and ‘made-up’ books, and the falsification of provenance. There will be a strong focus on using bibliographical evidence from type and paper to identify anachronism and undisclosed tampering. 

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27 September 2024 | Medieval Book Production and the Collections of Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral is home to one of the most ancient and significant collections of medieval manuscripts in Britain. Its treasures include the Hereford Gospels, made in Britain around 800, and the Hereford Mappa Mundi of c.1300 - one of the most famous of the medieval world maps. It also houses the finest surviving specimen of a chained library, a rare survivor of how institutional libraries used to be. 

This special study day offers a rare opportunity to explore these and other of the library's remarkable holdings, in the context of medieval book production, under the expert tuition of Michelle Brown and Rosemary Firman, the Cathedral Librarian.

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