Shijia Yu – Discovering the Little-Known: An Interview with Jonathan Gestetner


Event Date: 2 May 2018

Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
London WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies presents:

Discovering the Little-Known: An Interview with Jonathan Gestetner

Jonathan Gestetner is a private collector, and the director of Marlborough Rare Books. Together with his partner Jacqueline Gestetner, he has amassed the world’s largest collection of paper peepshows. The Gestetners bequeathed this collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2016.

Shijia Yu is a research student in the School of Arts at Birkbeck. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century British paper peepshows, and the working title for her thesis is ‘Amusing, Interesting and Curious’: A Study of Nineteenth-Century British Paper Peepshows.’

This interview was be followed by two Paper Peepshow events on Tuesday 15 May, as part of the 2018 Birkbeck Arts Week: ‘Paper Peepshow: Make Your Own’, a practical workshop led by the famous artist Su Blackwell, and   the evening  panel discussion entitled ‘Paper Peepshow: Peep into the Rabbit Hole’ with speakers  John Plunkett (University of Exeter), Catherine Yvard  (special collection curator ,Victoria and Albert Museum), Marina Warner (Birkbeck),  and private collector Jonathan Gestetner.

This interview and the Arts Week Paper Peepshow events are generously supported by Birkbeck Lorraine Lim Postgraduate Fund, and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.

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