The British Library in association with the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL

announces the launch of the Sloane Printed Books Project

At the British Library Conference Centre 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB UK

15 October 2008 | 17.30 – 20.00

The Sloane Printed Books Project has created an online catalogue which lists books which belonged to Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), whose collections were one of the foundation collections of the British Museum. Bibliographical records are enhanced with Sloane’s own numbers or other identifying marks, and with information about previous owners. The catalogue can be used in many different ways, including identifying individual books from his library, displaying a range of items in the order in which Sloane organised them, or searching for the previous owners of books in Sloane’s library.

Presentations on the historical background to Sloane’s book collection will be followed by a demonstration of the online catalogue and an opportunity to search its content.


17.30 Welcome and opening remarks Kristian Jensen Acting Head of British Collections, British Library

17.40 Collecting information and advancing medicine in the time of Sir Hans Sloane Professor Hal Cook Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL

18.00 Sir Hans Sloane and the collection of knowledge Arthur MacGregor Ashmolean Museum

18.20 Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum Library Giles Mandelbrote Early Printed Collections, British Library

18.40 An Introduction to the Sloane Printed Books Catalogue Alison Walker Lead Researcher, Sloane Printed Books Project

19.00 Questions and discussion

19.15 Drinks reception

Attendance is free But please register your name with Teresa Harrington at the British Library [email protected]