The centenary conference to celebrate the completion of the DMLBS began with a public lecture in the Bodleian Library’s Convocation House, where Charles I convened the House of Lords in 1644 and Charles II convened the House of Commons in 1681. Here is a 19th-century lithotint of the exterior and a 21st-century photograph of the interior:
In this grand setting, Anthony Harvey, the long-standing Editor of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, opened the proceedings with a warm tribute to the DMLBS, and in particular to the Dictionary’s Editor from 1979 to 2011, David Howlett: ‘I don’t think anyone will begrudge my saying that DMLBS is really David’s dictionary.’
Anthony Harvey then handed over to David Howlett, who began by taking us through the unbroken tradition of medieval Latin in Britain from the Roman conquest to the Norman. Here you can see the audience poring over a glossary of Latin from 8th-century Britain:
David Howlett finished with the story of the Dictionary proper, starting with its mid-1960s origins in the Public Record Office under the editorship of Ronald Latham, followed by his appointment as Latham’s successor in 1979 and the momentous move to Oxford in 1982. Distilling the three decades of his editorship into a series of vignettes, David concluded by thanking his former colleagues, saying that he still thought his job ‘the best in the world’. As someone who is fortunate enough to have worked with him, I am minded to agree.