Important new acquisition: the European Manuscripts Collection

Written by Fiona Melhuish (UMASCS Librarian) I am delighted to announce a very important recent acquisition, in fact, one of the most significant additions to our collections in recent years. The collection, which will be known as the European Manuscripts Collection, consists of 143 items, including some printed items, an exquisite seventeenth century Italian manuscript […]

Recent acquisition: a 1908 fine printed edition of ‘The Romaunt of the Rose’

Written by Fiona Melhuish (UMASCS Librarian) One of the most significant additions to our rare book collections in recent years has been a copy of a 1908 edition of The Romaunt of the Rose, which was purchased with assistance from Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the National […]

New acquisition: a collection of rare agricultural pamphlets

Written by Erika Delbecque, UMASCS Librarian We are delighted to announce the purchase of a collection of twenty-two rare agricultural pamphlets from the mid-19thcentury. These works, which relate to the agricultural innovations and economics of this period, will enhance our existing collection strengths in British agricultural history. The collection includes rare works on early applications […]

Hiroshima at 70

In 2011, the University of Reading received a remarkable and moving gift from the University of Hiroshima in Japan: a shattered roof tile collected from the riverbed near the hypocentre of the atomic bomb attack of 6 August 1945. The gift was made in recognition of the fact that the University had sent books in […]

New acquisition: The Song of Songs

Written by Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian. When turning the pages of The Song of Songs, one of our recent acquisitions for the Printing Collection, for the first time, you could be forgiven for thinking it is a medieval illuminated manuscript, with a handwritten script and elaborate handpainted illumination. However, it is actually a printed book, […]

New acquisition: Actress Billie Whitelaw’s Beckett archive

The University of Reading and the Beckett International Foundation are delighted to announce the purchase of a unique archive of actress Billie Whitelaw’s work with playwright Samuel Beckett. The £35,000 acquisition, funded by generous contributions from the Beckett International Foundation, the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the […]

New acquisition: ‘King Arthur’s Wood’

Written by Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian. One of our most recent acquisitions for the Children’s Collection will also be one of the largest books in the collection. King Arthur’s Wood, by Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, measures an impressive 53 x 39 x 4 cms, with a robust hessian binding covering, and would seem almost too big […]

Pandora comes back to Special Collections

We have a newcomer to our staircase entrance hallway – the stunning Pandora, by JD Batten. Pandora is a part of the University art collection, and has joined us from its previous home at the main library. In fact, however, Pandora had a home in the Special Collections building for over 30 years (until 1949) […]