Livestream: A Chance Encounter

Poster for the last of four online events hosted jointly by Linda Hall Library and Royal Astronomical Society Library
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For the fourth and final discussion in this series of livestreams, we focus on a manuscript compiled by a woman in 19th century England and look at how people learned astronomy.

Join the Linda Hall Library and the Royal Astronomical Society for a series exploring connections between our respective collections. Hosted as a four part conversation between the Royal Astronomical Society’s Librarian, Sian Prosser, and Linda Hall Library’s Vice President for Special Collections, Jason W. Dean, this series will highlight astronomical notable items in our collections.

Livestream Session 4:

For the final session, Sian and Jason will focus on their overlapping collections and specifically on a manuscript held by Linda Hall Library written by Charlotte, Lady Brooke Pechell. Her youngest son, Samuel, was a fellow of the Royal Society. Sian and Jason will also discuss the development of astronomy education in Britain using two sets of cards in their collections.

Visit our Eventbrite page to register for this online event.

Additional talks in this series:

22 May: Overlapping Collections Across the Atlantic

29 May: Things that Give You Stars in Your Eyes: Digitized collection highlights from the Royal Astronomical Society and the Linda Hall Library

5 June: Different Objectives: Archival collections at the Royal Astronomical Society that led to printed works at the Linda Hall Library

Speaker Bio:

Jason W. Dean is Vice President for Special Collections at the Linda Hall Library. Prior to coming to the Library, Jason was Director of Special Collections & Archives at Southwestern University. He has previously held positions at the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from Hardin-Simmons University and his MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Jason has also completed coursework at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Grolier Club, and a past Institute of Library and Museum Services-Rare Book School fellow.

Sian Prosser has been Librarian and Archivist at the Royal Astronomical Society since 2014, having previously worked at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, and at University of Warwick library. After studying for a languages degree at the University of Glasgow and an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, Sian worked in logistics and export before joining the French department of the University of Sheffield for an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD on French medieval manuscripts. Sian completed her MA in Library and Information Studies at University College London in 2011, and returned there for the Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy, graduating in 2019.

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