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From the Baskets of Travelling Pedlars to Abbotsford: Scott’s Lifelong Love of Popular Print
Sir Walter Scott had a lifelong interest in collecting chapbooks — cheap, popular print items that were sold door to door and purchased from market stalls. A recent cataloguing project has revealed that his library at Abbotsford (his former home) contains thousands of these items. Their content ranges from political pamphlets to ghost stories and advice on how to find a good partner. Co-hosted by the Walter Scott Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen and the Abbotsford Trust, this online event celebrates the launch of an online exhibition exploring the significance of this material.
Join Professor Alison Lumsden, Collections & Interpretation Manager Kirsty Archer Thompson and Research Fellow Ainsley McIntosh to hear about how Scott’s collection was discovered, meet some of its star items, and hear how it is deepening our understanding of both popular print and Scott’s creative inspiration.
If you would like to attend you can register as a guest on the University of Aberdeen’s website via the following link: