I've just got home from Conclave, and have to write and congratulate
Michael on organizing such a wonderful event. It was great to see so
many of my friends again, and also to welcome newcomers to Conclave,
and also welcome some new members.
The auction was great, made a lot of money for the MBS.
The visit to Bainton's Bindery was so very interesting, the staff
having given up their Saturday morning especially for us to see them
at work, and to enable us to see the wonderful books they have there.
Edward's talk on Saturday afternoon was both entertaining and
informative, making us think about just what information we need to
put in our books to enable future cataloguers to do their job more
The Banquet was unique - how many other Conclave banquets have been
held in the room where Gainsborough painted? How many receptions
have been held in a Roman Bath? (No, we didn't have to wear swimming
costumes!) The after dinner speaker, Bernard Middleton was very
entertaining to those who could hear - the acoustics were such that
some people could not hear very well. It was all rounded off with a
quick evacuation of the building when the fire alarm went off!
The bookfair went extremely well, both in visitor numbers and in
the mundane but essential task of selling books.
The trip yesterday was extremely interesting, to two quaint English
villages, and then to the American Museum in Bath - what a place!
Time to recover now, to see what I bought, catalogue it - and start
dreaming about next year in New Orleans.
Well done Michael - you deserve your trip to Prague!
Best wishes to all my friends who couldn't make it to Conclave this
year, I hope to see you in New Orleans in 2005.