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 […]

Britain in Pictures: ‘The best sort of propaganda’

Written by Claire Wooldridge, UMASCS Graduate Trainee Library Assistant The Britain in Pictures series (we’ve recently integrated our MERL and Printing Collection holdings into one collection) is a fascinating insight into British social history of the WW2 period.  These attractive, slim volumes were produced to be affordable and readable, with the ultimate aim of boosting […]

Behind the scenes: Volunteering at Special Collections

Today’s post comes from Eleanor Wale, a former volunteer for our library team as well as in MERL. Eleanor’s volunteering stood her in good stead, and she is now the Library Graduate Trainee for Christ’s College, Cambridge. Having been a volunteer at both the University of Reading’s Special Collections and the Museum of English Rural […]