Collecting Wilde: Inspiring a New Generation of Collectors


Collecting Wilde: Inspiring a New Generation of Collectors
The February 2016 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) was given by Kayleigh Betterton on Tuesday 9th February.
 
After a brief stint at Bloomsbury Auctions, Kayleigh was is now an English teacher and after falling in love with the works of Oscar Wilde herself, she now teaches Wilde to her students, using her collection of first editions to do so. As runner-up of the Anthony Davis Prize for student book-collecting in 2014, she is keen to ensure that the next generation will continue to collect books. In her talk she not only reflected on what inspired her to begin collecting Wilde, but also shared her thoughts on how using antiquarian books in schools might encourage young people to build their own collections.

Held at Senate House, the seminars are free and open to the public. There is no need to book and all are very welcome. They are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations.