12 Days of Christmas roundup

It’s almost Christmas! That means good cheer, Christmas spirit and….a fight to the death competition?! Although technically the 12 days of Christmas begin with 25 December, we won’t be around over the break – so we had a 12 Days of Christmas #12off competition with the Museum of English Rural Life and the Ure Museum in […]

A strange sad week in the Beckett archive

It has been a very sad week for all of us involved with the Beckett Collection, as it marked the passing of two people associated with him, as well as the 25th anniversary of his death. Billie Whitelaw is widely recognised as having been Beckett’s favourite actress and the foremost interpreter of his work. Our […]

New acquisition: Actress Billie Whitelaw’s Beckett archive

The University of Reading and the Beckett International Foundation are delighted to announce the purchase of a unique archive of actress Billie Whitelaw’s work with playwright Samuel Beckett. The £35,000 acquisition, funded by generous contributions from the Beckett International Foundation, the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the […]

A trip to the SS Great Britain

This post comes from David, our Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. Each year, our teams visit a few other collections to learn about how they work and what material they offer.  With just three weeks under my belt, I felt very fortunate to go on the staff trip to Bristol at the end of November. Although […]

New acquisition: ‘King Arthur’s Wood’

Written by Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian. One of our most recent acquisitions for the Children’s Collection will also be one of the largest books in the collection. King Arthur’s Wood, by Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, measures an impressive 53 x 39 x 4 cms, with a robust hessian binding covering, and would seem almost too big […]

Life behind the scenes and beyond …

Today’s post comes from our Library Assistant Helen, who has a special interest in books about illustration and design and has been working on the Mark Longman Library. When I joined the library as Library Assistant 15 years ago, little did I know where it would lead me. I have remained in this post, but […]

World War One: Special Collections library resources

Written by Claire Wooldridge, UMASCS Graduate Trainee 4 August 2014 marked the centenary of the day that Britain entered World War One.  Fighting continued until 11 November 1918 and is marked today by Armistice Day. To celebrate Explore Archives week and to commemorate this year’s centenary, we’ve prepared some resources on finding WW1 material in […]

Garlands of Gold and Circles of Pearls: The Rosalind Laker Collection

Written by Claire Wooldridge, UMASCS Graduate Trainee I have recently finished cataloguing a wonderful collection of books by the historical novelist Rosalind Laker (1921-2012).  Her book collection can be searched on our online catalogue and a handlist of her archival collection has been created. Laker’s inspiration for her historical romance novels was drawn from a […]

Happy #MusHalloween!

Happy #MusHalloween!  We marked the #MusSpooks @CultureThemes day this week on 29 October.  Here are a selection of spooky halloween #MusSpooks and #MusHalloween themed images from our collections! Happy #MusHalloween!

Samuel Beckett Week at the University of Reading

We will be holding an exhibition and series of public events to celebrate the University’s internationally renowned collection of manuscripts from the Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 October Public Exhibition: Samuel Beckett in London – the Murphy Notebooks Museum of English Rural Life FREE At this exhibition, which will focus on Beckett’s time in […]