2020 Vision: a Year in the Life of the Archive and Library Team

In 2020, The MERL and University of Reading Special Collections archive and library team faced an unprecedented situation. We closed our reading room and our access to the physical collections was severely limited. We lost the framework for providing our basic service, but this was not the defining factor of 2020 for the team. In […]

Stones, Sharks and Steno’s De Solido

Written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. Today is #OldRockDay, a day to celebrate all things old, rocky, and fossilised. The library of Herbert Leader Hawkins (1887 – 1968), professor of geology at the University of Reading, forms our Hawkins Collection, which contains rare books on the history of geology, palaeontology and echinoderms. There […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Update: Teaching with Collections

Today, we are publishing details of the many options available for University of Reading staff who wish to teach with collections. There is a new guide here. Options include: – Using pre-recorded and ready-digitised material; – Creating or enhancing digital resources; – Running live sessions (both face-to-face and online). From mid-August, we will be offering […]

Resources You Can Use from Home 4: Archives, Libraries, and Other Useful Websites.

This blog post was compiled and researched by Antonia Love, Graduate Trainee Archives Assistant, and written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. University of Reading Special Collections An OPAC is an online public access catalogue. Ours is called Enterprise and you can search it here. This searches across all the objects in the Museum of […]

Resources You Can Use from Home 3: Subject-Specific Resources

This blog post was compiled and researched by Antonia Love, Graduate Trainee Archives Assistant, and written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. Our readers have interests as diverse as the collections we hold. Whilst we are home to both the library and archives of the University of Reading Special Collections, and the Museum of […]

Update: New Digital Access to Special Collections

Today, we are publishing our plans to increase digital access to our collections. The new digital access guide is available here. During the lockdown, we have continued to make available content that has already been digitised, launching new websites and school resources. From 13 July, we will be re-starting copying services for The Museum of […]