The University of Reading houses one of the largest collections of bee-related material in the United Kingdom. The works contained within provide vital insights into historic social and political perceptions of the world’s most important pollinators. This exhibition showcases some of the most significant apian-related works, held by the University and beyond, from the sixteenth […]
Before the invention of the printing press in around 1440, all books were written by hand. The word manuscript comes from the Latin words manus and scriptus, which together mean ‘handwritten’. Nearly all medieval manuscripts were decorated, or illuminated, in some way, usually by monastic scribes. Illuminations were added in order to enhance the text, using rich, […]
A book collector and bibliophile from his schooldays until his death, Francis Joseph Cole (1872-1959) amassed a huge library of around 8000 volumes of books and scientific papers, from earliest times to the present day. As Professor of Zoology at the University of Reading, Cole founded the Cole Museum of Zoology and used his magnificent […]
Children’s literature is one of our collection strengths and we have thousands of books and magazines produced for children. Here we celebrate A.L.O.E. (A Lady of England), who wrote books for children during the Victorian era. Learn more about our Children’s Collection.