McGill holds a good 1200 Bibles in English, French and various languages, along with an impressive group of polyglot Bibles in Hebrew, Latin, Greek and more. Ever since the invention of printing in the 15th century, Bibles were the most frequently printed text over the centuries. Encompassing the Old and New Testaments, or representing abridgements, selections, or readings, each edition is quite unique.
Elizabeth Gwillim (1763-1807) moved to Madras (now Chennai) in India in 1801 when her husband Sir Henry Gwillim was appointed Puisne Judge to the Madras Court. She grew up in Hereford in England and was passionately interested in natural history. During her brief time in India, she painted over 200 watercolours of birds, as well as flowers and landscapes.
Books, printed ephemera, and commemorative objects from a private collection and the collections of McGill University illustrate the lives, reigns, and jubilees of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926) in an exhibition mounted at the 4th floor ROAAr Reading Room of the McLennan Library Building during opening hours.
Cure Yourself by Electricity showcases the history of portable electrotherapeutic devices during the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.
Plants, climate, transcription techniques and more; researchers and students from the Gwillim Project share their research.
As the project draws to a close, this is a chance to hear from some of the Research Assistants and Associates whose work was crucial to the project. Their work included transcribing the Gwillim correspondence, designing and building the project website and interactive maps, and researching and writing case studies
Weaving is both an art and a science! Explore the math and craft of weaving through the library collections and beyond with McGill librarians April Colosimo and Jacquelyn Sundberg.
Examine a late 19th century weaver’s sample book from the ROAAr collections, learn about the process and pieces of a weaving pattern, and the tools of the trade in this interactive event.
From the earliest illustrated natural history encyclopedia to Isaac Newton’s annotated copy of Opticks, our collections span the evolution of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Join us in person for a rare chance to marvel at medieval manuscripts, early printed books, original artwork, and other highlights from our history of science collections.
Hybrid Event | Illuminated Deities: Hindu Gods and Goddesses and Devotional Texts in McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections
Join Prof Hamsa Stainton of McGill's Religious Studies department for a lunchtime introduction to the illuminated Indic manuscripts of McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections. This talk focuses on the relationship between the images of Hindu deities and the devotional texts with which they are paired. The presentation will include interactive examinations of multiple manuscripts and a detailed look at one extraordinary codex of over a thousand pages and 47 full-page images.
Join ROAAr and special guest Mark Wormald for a lunchtime fishing expedition into the archives of Ted Hughes. Using Ted Hughes’ collection of poems, River, and his fishing diaries as a guide, Mark returns again and again to the places where Ted Hughes fished. At times, he uses the fly patterns Ted recommended; at others, he uses his rods.
Join us for an artist talk with celebrated photographer and graphic designer, Angela Grauerholz. This afternoon presentation investigates memory, the archive, and the subjectivity of vision across the artist’s own oeuvre. Grauerholz will activate ROAAr’s collections, which includes a large-scale photograph in the McGill Visual Arts Collection and Privation (2002), an artist book in Rare Books and Special Collections.