A cabinet of curiosities : Ole Worm’s ‘Museum Wormianum’ (1655)

Written by Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian The history of public museums is also a history of private collectors and collecting, as many of the world’s oldest museums began as the personal collections of wealthy individuals and families. Some of these collections took the form of ‘cabinets of curiosities’ (also known in German as wunderkammer¬†or wonder-rooms), […]

UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS

UPDATE: 1st JULY 2020 We welcome the announcement that museums will be able to reopen from 4th July. The University of Reading Special Collections and the Museum of English Rural Life will not reopen straight away but we are working hard to put in place all the necessary measures to allow for a new kind […]