Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The First Chapter Series takes its place in the Booker Prize Archive

One of Nancy's last duties back in June was to visit Oxford Brookes University Library with Bruce to present to them our First Chapter Series for their Booker Prize Archive.

The Library became the permanent home of the Booker Prize Archive in 2003 and now encompasses the administrative history of the Prize from 1968 to date. The collection includes a diverse range of material, including correspondence, publicity material, copies of both the Longlists and the Shortlists, minutes of meetings, photographs and material relating to the awards dinner (letters of invitation, guest lists and seating plans).

Items from the Archive were included in the exhibition 'The Booker 40 at the V&A' which ran from 6 September 2008 to 17 May 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Booker Prize. Perhaps for its 50th we might be lucky enough to get our books included in the exhibition!

There to accept the donation was the Subject Librarian for Publishing, Chris Fowler, together with Dr.Helen Workman (Director of Learning Resources), Eleanor Rossart (Archivist) and Sally Hughes ( Senior Lecturer in Publishing). A pleasant morning out of the office for Nancy and Bruce.

Further information about the Archive can be found on the University website or by direct link: www.brookes.ac.uk/library/speccoll/booker.html