Travel Thursday: Farthest North

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian In honour of Christmas and the annual travels of Santa Claus, this week’s Travel Thursday features an expedition to the North Pole! The explorer in question is Fridtjof Nansen; scientist, adventurer and humanitarian who was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1922.  Having previously survived a dangerous trek across […]

Reading Readers – Jeremy

One of our volunteers, Jeremy, tells us about how an encounter with a book of remembrance in the archive has led him to trace the stories of those from the university involved in the First World War. I started researching the Great War Dead of University College, Reading after being shown the Memorial album containing the […]

Another chance to see the ‘Voice of the Stars’ almanacs exhibition

Written by Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian If you missed the exhibition of almanacs at the Special Collections Service earlier this year, you have another chance to see it as it is now on display at the University Library (on the ground floor, either side of the lifts) until 24 January 2016. The exhibition, entitled Voice of the stars […]

Travel Thursday: John Arrowsmith

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian Born in 1790 in County Durham, John Arrowsmith moved to London at the age of 20 to work under the tutelage of his uncle, Aaron Arrowsmith, a cartographer known for his outstanding accuracy.  Having learned the arts of map making, engraving, and printing, Arrowsmith set up his own […]

Nancy Astor: Reading and Parliamentary Archives collaborate on exciting new project

Special Collections are delighted to have been supporting this collaborative project, which celebrates the parliamentary career of Nancy Astor. We have been working closely with Dr Jacqui Turner in the History Department and with the Parliamentary Archives. A new leaflet has been produced to accompany the project. Look out for more Astor news in 2016 […]

Christmas Cards – The John Lewis Printing Collection

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian Our lovely John Lewis Printing Collection comes complete with a fabulous and fun range of Christmas cards dating to their origin in the Victorian period. According to Lewis (1976), Charles Dickens had a heavy influence on the initial themes of Christmas cards. Published seven years before the first […]

Emma: a heroine whom no one but myself will much like

Written by Louise Cowan, Trainee Liaison Librarian This month celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma.’ One of Austen’s more comedic novels, ‘Emma’ follows the eponymous heroine as she meddles unsuccessfully in the romantic lives of her friends and neighbours. Although Austen is known for describing Emma as, ‘a heroine whom […]

Finding Items in the Cole Library

Written by Helen Westhrop, Library Assistant Next week I begin the reclassification of the Cole Library; by this I mean to give each item a place on the electronic catalogue. Until now, some of the items have been added to Enterprise, the Library catalogue, while the rest have only been accessible by the card catalogue. […]