‘Her booke’
Early Modern Women
and their Books at
Lambeth Palace Library



‘Her booke’
Early Modern Women
and their Books at
Lambeth Palace Library

Lambeth Palace Library’s next exhibition in 2024 will highlight material owned, written, commissioned, and translated by women during the long early modern period. It celebrates the ways in which women and their books were an integral part of England’s devotional, intellectual, and bibliographical cultures.

Items on display will include: medieval manuscripts written by the sisters of Syon Abbey on the cusp of the Reformation; Elizabeth I’s newly identified translation of Tacitus; correspondence from a future Archbishop of Canterbury about Jane Austen; and first editions of the works of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley. They will be displayed alongside other works related to known and unknown women from our collections.

This free exhibition will be open from 1 July to 21 November 2024. It will include a programme of lectures by John-Mark Philo (University of East Anglia), Helen Smith (University of York), and exhibition curator Julia King, as well as a special curator’s panel where guests can participate in a Q&A with the curator and the British Library’s Eleanor Jackson, co-curator of the upcoming exhibition Medieval Women: In Their Own Words.

A full schedule of events will be released shortly.