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The Tiny Furniture Project

Wednesday, 03 January 2018

This is a guest blog post by one of our archive volunteers, Sara Abou El Ella, who was working in the IOE UCL Archive department with items from the collection of David and Mary Medd.   The Tiny Furniture Project blog post by Sara Abou El Ella. For a few weeks now, I have been […]

Advent Definitions: Festive wishes from Special Collections

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Contributed by Sarah Aitchison, Head of Special Collections   For the final definition in our seasonal list, it seemed appropriate to talk about festivals and feasts. The definition above has changed very little over the centuries and reflects the joyous, positive and entertaining nature of the word. It was only a brief step from that […]

Advent Definitions: Holiday fragments

Friday, 22 December 2017

Contributed by Katy Makin, UCL Archivist References to ecclesiastical festivals, or ‘holy-days’ feature strongly in our collection of manuscript fragments. These are around 150 pieces of medieval and early modern manuscripts, primarily leaves from liturgical texts such as missals, breviaries, psalters, and bibles, but also including biblical commentaries and key legal and philosophical texts of […]