New display at the University of Reading Library

Items from the Leo Cooper archive of military history publishing feature in a new display at the University of Reading Library. Leo Cooper, who died at the age of 79 in November 2013, gave his archive to the University and the collection of business, editorial and artwork files for his firm can now be consulted in […]

Polar vortex? An explorer, a biscuit and the South Pole

As the world freezes over (well, part of it – Reading is recovering from floods, not frost!), we thought it particularly appropriate to share the story of an intrepid (if tragic) explorer and his much loved biscuits. As early 20th-century explorers raced to reach the South Pole, they considered their supplies carefully; the right provisions […]

Seminar series: Archives and Texts

Spring Term 2014  Archives & Texts seminar series Spring Term 2014 Monday 27th January (wk 3) Professor Alexis Weedon and Professor Bob Owens (University of Bedfordshire) ‘Researching the Publishing History of The Pilgrim’s Progress’ Monday 24th February (wk 7) Dr Lucy Pearson (University of Newcastle) ‘We met at a party’: Professional children’s publishing and the […]

A snapshot of 19th Century publishing

Last summer volunteer Jenny Knight began work on the mammoth task of transcribing the indexes to the letter books of outgoing correspondence in the Chatto & Windus publisher’s archive. The early letter books are an invaluable source of information as loose files of correspondence were sent for salvage during the First World War and most […]

Top Ten Treasures from the Archives: Huntley and Palmers archive

Our collections richer than most people would imagine and cover a wide variety of subjects and historical periods. To give you an idea of what’s there, University Archivist Guy Baxter will be introducing his ‘Top Ten Treasures’ over the coming weeks, picking highlights from the archive collections here at Reading. Enjoy! Treasure Number 4: Huntley & […]

Enemies of the State: New acquisitions by Irish patriots

Special Collections has recently acquired three books that provide a Reading connection to Ireland’s early 20th-century troubles. The Enemies of the State project, a collaboration between the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading and Berkshire Record Office, ran in 2012 to engage audiences with archives on the internment of Irish patriots in Reading Prison following the 1916 […]

Stunning new book jacket exhibition in our staircase hall

Written by Claire Wooldridge To celebrate the new year we have a vibrant new exhibition in our staircase hall. The exhibition celebrates the wide variety of beautiful book jackets within our collections, through a selection of our most colourful favourites!  These examples are mainly drawn from our Children’s collection, Printing collection, Finzi collection and William St […]

OBE for Beckett expert

Welcome back! We start the new year with some exciting news for our Beckett scholars. Emeritus Professor Jim Knowlson was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to literary scholarship. Jim is the world’s leading expert on the Nobel-prize winning novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett and the founder of Reading’s Beckett […]