Fred Bearman Memorial Lecture 2018
To: Monday 10.12.18
Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation
14 Bride Ln
The Book & Paper Group are delighted to announce the inaugural Frederick Bearman Memorial Lecture, which will be presented by Jasdip Singh Dhillon, the first recipient of the Frederick Bearman Research Grant.
‘Blessed is that paper’: The Dhan Su Kagad research project.
South Asia has an extra-ordinarily rich tradition of papermaking which continues to this day. Papers made in South Asia were fundamental to the development of artistic and book-making traditions. Yet, there has been no technical analysis of historical specimens or the development of a typology for categorising them. The Dhan Su Kagad project (translated as “blessed is that paper”, taken from a Sikh liturgical quotation) was conceived to fulfill this purpose by surveying a representative sample of papers from the Sikh tradition. Jasdip Singh chose to initially focus on the Sikh tradition based on his interest in Sikh manuscripts which cover a wide time-span from the 15th to the 20th century.
This lecture will cover the early history of South Asian papers before detailing the research undertaken on collections in Panjab-India (funded by the Frederick Bearman Research Grant), private collections in the UK, as well as institutional collections such as the Bodleian and British Library. It will be shown how physical measurements, transmitted-light photographs and portable photo-micrographs were used to record chronological and geographical changes in the technologies of paper production.
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
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