Festival of Culture


UCL Special Collections Presents…

05 June 2019, 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

Special Collections Presents...

Join our team of friendly archivists and librarians at the South Junction Reading Room as they present some of their favourite rare books, archives and manuscripts in an informal setting.

This event is free.

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Festival of Culture Team


South Junction Reading Room
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

Book a free timed ticket to come face to face with some of these exquisite treasures, learn about the work of our conservators and meet our collection managers.

We are running a range of displays in bookable slots throughout the day, including:

12:00-12:30 and 12:30-13:00
The colour of poetry: concrete poems from the Small Press collection
A history of borders: geography textbooks from the 18th and 19th Century

13:10-13:40 and 13:40-14:10
Highlights from the Ogden Library: hidden details discovered by our cataloguers
Students’ voices: magazines, petitions, and more from the College Archive

15:40-16:10, and 16:10-16:40
Treasures of print: highlights from our rare books collections
The Alex Comfort Papers: journals, manuscripts, and more from the influential scientist and writer

16:50-17:20 and 17:20-17:50
Youth movements: Forest School Camp and the Woodcraft Folk archives
The Huguenot Library: the daily lives of Huguenot immigrants

18:00-18:30 and 18:30-19:00
Autograph letters: tales from the lives of 19th and 20th century writers
Treasures of print: highlights from our rare books collections

The event is open to all aged 12 years and above.

Image: © David Tett

UCL Festival of Culture
Part of the UCL Festival of Culture, a packed, five-day programme of free talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, and tours. Join us to discover, discuss and be inspired by the exceptional breadth and quality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.