Celebrating the hedgehog: National Hedgehog Awareness Week

It has been brought to our attention that this is National Hedgehog Awareness Week – and as we’re attached to the Museum of English Rural Life, it’s not really something we can ignore (and in any case, who would want to?)! Of course one of the earliest known bookplates is a representation of a hedgehog […]

Beckett’s Murphy on display

In 2013 the University of Reading acquired the hand-written manuscript for Murphy, Samuel Beckett’s first published novel and the first major expression of the central themes that would occupy much of his later work. This has been added to the Beckett Collection. The manuscript, described by Sotheby’s as the ‘most important manuscript of a complete novel by […]

Museum Studies and Costumed Interpretation Summer Schools

Exciting news! We’ll be running two summer schools here in the museum this year. The University of Reading has a whole suite of International Summer Schools designed to give people a taster of academic life and we’re looking forward to welcoming some new students over the summer months. Introduction to Museum Studies is aimed at students who want […]

Pandora comes back to Special Collections

We have a newcomer to our staircase entrance hallway – the stunning Pandora, by JD Batten. Pandora is a part of the University art collection, and has joined us from its previous home at the main library. In fact, however, Pandora had a home in the Special Collections building for over 30 years (until 1949) […]