Heritage Open Days: Behind the scenes at Special Collections

As part of last weekend’s national Heritage Open Days event, MERL and Special Collections offered ‘behind the scenes’ tours, from a look round the Victorian biscuit baron home to a visit to the special collections and object stores. The tours began outside; the light drizzle didn’t seem to put anyone off, and large umbrellas allowed them […]

To glove or not to glove

What happens when you put on gloves? Can you handle clasps, ties or other delicate items? Can you turn a page? Are you clumsier? Can you feel things through your gloves? When people picture librarians and archivists with fragile material, they often assume that cotton white gloves come with the territory. Despite what you may […]