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The Toller Lecture is an annual lecture at the University of Manchester's Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS). It is named after Thomas Northcote Toller, one of the editors of An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary . [1]

Notable lecturers have included Janet Bateley, the first Toller lecturer, [2] Rolf Bremmer, [3] George Brown, Michelle P. Brown, [4] Roberta Frank, [5] Helmut Gneuss, [6] Nicholas Howe, Joyce Hill, [7] Simon Keynes, Clare Lees, [8] Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, [9] Paul Szarmach, Elaine Treharne, [10] Leslie Webster [11] and Barbara Yorke. [12] In the past, most Toller lectures were published in the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester; while a collection containing the revised and updated lectures from 1987 to 1997, together with new essays on Toller and the Toller Collection in the John Rylands Library, was published in 2003. [13] However, with the establishment of the John Rylands Research Institute, the decision was made to prioritise the Special Collections of the Library in a revamped Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, and Toller lectures were no longer published there. It was therefore decided to publish recent Toller lectures as a separate collection which appeared in 2017. [14]


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  14. Gale Owen-Crocker, "Introduction", in Insley and Owen-Crocker 2017, p. xiv.