On Friday 14 July we said goodbye to the six interns on our established summer internship programme: Solidea Cecchinato, University of Udine, Italy; Marieke van Egeraat, Radboud University, Nijmegen; Alberto Gallerani, University of Trent; Manuel Llano, Leiden University; Lotte Savelsberg, Leiden University and Heleen Wyffels, University of Leuven.
Chosen from institutions with a strong tradition in book history, the interns joined us for six weeks during which time they assisted the USTC team in the process of data gathering and analysis. This year the focus was on capturing data from seventeenth-century auction catalogues and booksellers’ stock catalogues. Three worked with Project Manager Dr Graeme Kemp on English data, and three assisted the work on Dutch catalogues, under the supervision of Arthur der Weduwen. During the course of their stay the interns gathered over 60,000 pieces of data: during the course of the autumn this data will be integrated into the USTC, offering new insights into contemporary patterns of book ownership and revealing many thousands of editions not known from surviving copies. The developing lessons of this work were discussed during weekly meetings with the wider book project group, many of whom are also engaged in work with this sort of material.
All the interns also joined us for our annual book conference, attended by many distinguished historians from around the world. They leave with our thanks for their hard work and cheerful companionship, and our best wishes for their future careers.
An announcement of the 2018 internship competition will be posted in September. Meanwhile check back for a series of blogposts contributed by this year’s interns on highpoints of their discoveries during their time in St Andrews.