UPDATE: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND READING ROOM TO REMAIN OPEN

Following the latest Government announcement that Berkshire will enter Tier 3 on Saturday 19 December 2020, we will be making some changes to our Special Collections Service in the New Year. We will provide access to collections through the Special Collections Service reading room after the Christmas break, on Tuesday 5 January 2021, for academic […]

Gustav Holst’s music students

Gustav Holst’s Music Scholarship Pupils at University College, Reading 1920–1923: Part 3 Written by Philippa Tudor who researches and writes about previously unexplored aspects of the life and work of Gustav Holst and his family. She is the author of a 2015 biography of Holst’s wife Isobel. Although Gustav Holst only taught at Reading for […]

UPDATE: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM NOW OPEN TO ALL RESEARCHERS

In line with the latest Government announcement that Reading will enter Tier 2 at the end of the national lockdown, the reading room will be open to all researchers from Wednesday 2 December 2020. The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) will also reopen on 2 December. Please note that we can only accept reading […]

Gustav Holst: teaching and performing music

Gustav Holst’s Music Scholarship Pupils at University College, Reading 1920–1923: Part 2 Written by Philippa Tudor who researches and writes about previously unexplored aspects of the life and work of Gustav Holst and his family. She is the author of a 2015 biography of Holst’s wife Isobel. Holst’s teaching methods Holst’s first scholarship pupil Edmund […]

Research in Lockdown: the ‘Bees in the Collections’ UROP project

Many research projects have been disrupted or have come to a halt with the lockdowns imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have been cheered and inspired by reports from a number of our resilient students and researchers who have found ways to continue their study and research during this difficult time. Following on […]

Gustav Holst at Reading

Gustav Holst’s Music Scholarship Pupils at University College, Reading 1920–1923: Part 1 Written by Philippa Tudor who researches and writes about previously unexplored aspects of the life and work of Gustav Holst and his family. She is the author of a 2015 biography of Holst’s wife Isobel. As a new generation of music education students […]

UPDATE: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND READING ROOM TO REMAIN OPEN

Following the latest Government regulations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) will close to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 4 November 2020 until the end of the lockdown period. However, from Thursday 5 November 2020, we will continue to provide access to collections through the Special Collections […]

Archival Heroism: How Digital Access to Archives Saved my PhD during Lockdown

Written by Christopher Adams, a LAHP-funded PhD candidate at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He posts about his research into queer publishing history on Instagram @queer_books When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I thought I would have to place my PhD research on hold. The stakes for me were […]

Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the glory of Rome

by Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian Hidden away in our collections store, amongst the rows of archive boxes, are the oversize book shelves, and the Overstone Folio Large sequence of the Overstone Library. Amongst the many treasures of this collection are a number of volumes of engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78), one of the greatest […]

#StillSpecial: Virtual Reading Room launch

Come on in! We are delighted to announce the launch of our Virtual Reading Room. When COVID-19 put a temporary halt to on-site access to collections, we started putting in place new services to enable access remotely. The VRR allows exploration of high-quality digital versions of books and documents by registered users, as well as […]