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Happy Birthday Library & Information History Group!

Posted By Administration, 29 August 2019

Happy Birthday Library & Information History Group!

LIHG birthday

On 6 November 2012, members past and present gathered at Ridgmount Street to celebrate the Group’s 50th anniversary. There are some photos at the end of the post from the celebrations.


Peter Hoare gave a stimulating whistle-stop tour of some of the highlights of the Group’s history. (CILIP’s PC unfortunately refused to talk to his Mac memory stick, hence the blue screen, but visual aids were waved at appropriate points, and members had the opportunity afterwards to have a closer look at publications and other memorabilia relating to the Group’s history.)

Kate Wood kindly brought along Edward Dudley’s CILIP medal for all to see. Edward was a key figure in the early history of the Group, and remained an active member throughout his life. He is the first and, as yet, only recipient of the CILIP medal, awarded in recognition of his unique lifetime contribution to the profession.

Our second speaker was Mark Purcell who presented us with ‘Library History at the Coal Face’. As Libraries Curator for the National Trust, library history forms a central part of his day job, contributing to public engagement with the NT’s collections. Library history’s inextricable links with wider social, economic, and intellectual history (and even the history of coal!) came across loud and clear.

David Bawden then gave us the perspective of information history. While developments in information and its technology may be unpredictable, our best hope of planning for the future is in understanding the way that humans have interacted with information in the past.

The afternoon session rounded off with Birthday Cake (of which this is just one of several).

Founder member and Honorary President, Peter Hoare, did the honours with the candles.

Members were joined by CILIP staff to enjoy refreshments and networking before those who could stay for the evening adjourned to Senate House for the Group’s regular monthly seminar in the History of Libraries.

Annie Mauger and LIHG members; Peter Hoare and Kathryn McGee; David Bawden; Mark Purcell; Peter Hoare and Kate Wood; Peter Hoare


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