The New Woman: Five Women Writers of the 1890s

This is the second of two blog posts written by Helen Zeineh as part of a Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) project undertaken in the summer of 2022. This post explores the lives and work of five notable ‘New Woman’ writers of the 1890s.  The UROP project, ‘Decadent Feminism’, was supervised by Dr. John Scholar […]

Decadent Feminism: ‘New Woman’ Writers in the Special Collections

This is the first of two blog posts written by Helen Zeineh as part of a Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) project undertaken in the summer of 2022. Feminism’s debt to nineteenth-century decadence, and women’s contributions to decadence, are rarely acknowledged. This project sought to address this by cataloguing and publicising the University of Reading’s […]

New Special Collections Service Reading Room opening hours

We are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 4 October 2022, we are extending the opening hours of the Special Collections Service Reading Room. We will now be open until 4.30pm from Tuesday to Friday, and will no longer be closed at lunchtimes. The current opening hours are: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4pm Our new […]

Cataloguing the Mills and Boon Book Collection

  The Mills and Boon Book Collection at the University of Reading is a collection of over 4,000 books from the Mills and Boon back catalogue, published between 1909 and 2011. Now, as well as being able to browse digital images of the dust jackets on the Virtual Reading Room, researchers can search the full […]

100 Years of Ulysses

In light of our recent announcement regarding the acquisition of the Solange and Stephen James Joyce Collection, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant Hollie Piff explores the Ulyssean links already present in the University of Reading Special Collections. I came to the University of Reading Special Collections with a passion for modernist literature. During my English Literature […]

Joyce and Beckett reunited as University of Reading acquires major collection

A major new collection of books, documents and artefacts given to the University of Reading will provide unique new insights on the relationship between two giants of twentieth century literature: James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. The generous gift of the Solange and Stephen James Joyce Collection to the University of Reading will further illuminate the […]

Conserving a magical menagerie: the conservation and rehousing of the European Manuscripts collection

Written by Victoria Stevens, ACR The existence of manuscript fragment collections represents a fascinating snapshot of cultural and political points in history, showing the changing attitude and purpose of these beautiful objects over time. Although originally bound, the manuscript textblocks became separated into individual leaves or pairs of leaves, known as bifolia, when their intended […]