Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Letter to the Editor

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National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW

March 2016

Dear Editor,

As the National Library of Scotland (NLS) passes the tenth anniversary of its acquisition of the John Murray Archive, with its extensive Lord Byron papers, it would seem timely to update you on current and future plans for this collection. Byron and his papers continue to be at the heart of our activities, including remote and physical enquiries, talks and papers, as well as a range of other curatorial activities. The key areas I'd like to update you and The Byron Journal readership on are exhibition loans, conservation and preservation, cataloguing, digitisation and acquisitions.

Exhibition loans

This year there are a number of joint exhibitions and exhibition loans featuring Byron material, including a joint exhibition between NLS and The Abbotsford Trust, the home of Sir Walter Scott in the Scottish Borders, which examines Scott's work as a literary reviewer, featuring his insightful and sympathetic reviews of Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. 'Rave Reviewer. Scott on Frankenstein, Emma and Childe Harold' opens at Abbotsford on 2 April and runs until 30 November 2016. An exhibition catalogue will be available.

NLS is also loaning Byron archive material, including literary manuscripts, journals and letters, to two Swiss exhibitions: the 'Frankenstein creature of darkness' exhibition at the Martin Bodmer Foundation, Cologny, near Geneva, running between 14 May and 9 October 2016 and the '1816-2016: Byron is back! Lord Byron, le retour' exhibition at the Foundation du Chateau de Chillon, running between 28 April and 21 August 2016. NLS is also supporting this year's Keats Shelley Memorial Association prize-giving event 'Beyond Frankenstein' in London on 13 April 2016. Along with the Bodleian Library, NLS is putting on a display at the John Murray premises of 50 Albemarle Street. This will include part of the original manuscript of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III in the hand of Claire Clairmont and with Byron's corrections and annotations.

Conservation and preservation

Whilst NLS has been regularly over the last decade conserving and preserving the John Murray Archive, including the Byron Papers, these activities have been significantly enhanced recently thanks to a generous grant from the John R. …

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