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Anticipating Wikipedia: William Smellie, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and the First Information Revolution

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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On the 250th anniversary of the Edinburgh publication of the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the National Library of Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland are hosting a public lecture by Professor Stephen W Brown on William Smellie. William Smellie was a co-founder of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and editor of the first edition of the Britannica, as well as William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine, the Scots Magazine, and the first transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

 

Professor Brown is Professor of English and 3M Fellow at Trent University in Canada, an Affiliate of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a member of the National Library of Scotland.

 

This public lecture is a collaboration between the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.

The event is free, but ticketed on a first come first served basis, so please visit the National Library of Scotland (NLS) website to book your place. (https://www.nls.uk/events).

 

The featured image opposite is by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland and is the Title page of the first edition of the Britannica (Edinburgh 1768).

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Date:
July 24
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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National Library Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EW United Kingdom
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Website:
https://www.nls.uk/

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