Anna-Lujz Gilbert

Anna-Lujz Gilbert

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: English
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies

I am an AHRC (SWW DTP) funded PhD student working in the field of early modern book history, supervised by Dr Felicity Henderson (Exeter) and Dr Paddy Bullard (Reading).

My project examines parish libraries from c. 1600-1730, particularly in Devon, to further understandings about these under-used resources and to reflect more broadly on cultures of book use in provincial England. In particular, my focus is on the Totnes, Dodderidge, Tiverton and Crediton libraries, which are the principle libraries in Devon to have survived from this period. Research on the book cultures of the clergy and middling sorts has often been neglected in favour of elite library collectors; the wealth of evidence preserved in the parish collections allows me to address this imbalance by examining how these people used, valued, and gained access to books.

I am an active member of the Exeter Centre for Early Modern Studies and co-organised the 2018 and 2019 Exeter CEMS postgraduate conferences.

With a background in heritage, I enjoy sharing my findings beyond an academic context and using my research to inform decision making about the collections which I research.