We are asked fairly regularly if items from Special Collections can be used in television programmes. Recently, the BBC filmed some of the beautiful 18th century red chalk drawings and engravings that William Hunter commissioned for his great work The… Read More ›
This category was used for posts created by special collections staff before August 2016. Since then all posts are categorised as Archives and Special Collections posts.
As a devotee of all things Egyptian, I am particularly fascinated by this papyrus fragment, one of the treasures of Special Collections. Written nearly 1800 years ago, it is one of the oldest items in the library. This fragment was… Read More ›
His Excellency Shin Ebihara, Japanese ambassador to the UK, visited the University yesterday. While the delegation were in the Library they saw some fascinating items held by Archive Services and Special Collections. These included a letter from the philosopher and… Read More ›
The Temple of Flora, the third and final part of Thornton’s New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus is probably the most sumptious and renowned of all great flower books. It contains thirty-one plates, produced by a… Read More ›
This image comes from the treasures of Special Collections photo set which can be accessed via Flickr. The Eagle image comes from Birds of America by John James Audubon London: 1827-38 This truly monumental work was published in eighty-seven parts… Read More ›