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Love poems, strange tales, and microscopes: creative writing with First Story

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:29:20 +0000

One of the annual highlights of SCAR’s outreach work is our participation in First Story’s Creative Writing Day, which this year saw almost 100 pupils from six London schools descend upon UCL’s museums and library collections to attend workshops run by professional writers. In late February, poet Miriam Nash ran a session for 17 students […]


Rare editions of Dante from UCL Special Collections on display

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:57:06 +0000

Rare editions of Dante from UCL Special Collections Monday 27 March 5.30pm The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, WC1H 0AB Admission free. Image from an 1869 edition of La Divina Commedia with illustrations by Gustavo Dore [DANTE FOLIOS DD119 (1869) vol. 1] There will be an opportunity to see some of UCL’s rare editions of Dante’s […]


How egalitarian were UCL’s founders?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:03:25 +0000

On 9 February, I delivered a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture entitled ‘The youth of our middling rich’: how egalitarian were UCL’s founders? It was a reflection on research I have been carrying out over the past year on UCL’s much-touted radical and egalitarian credentials, particularly the claim that is often made that it was the […]


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Special Collections, Archives & Exhibitions

UCL Special Collections

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UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. It includes fine collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, notably from the C.K. Ogden Collection and Graves Library, as well as significant holdings of 18th century works, and highly important 19th and 20th century collections of personal papers, archival material, and literature, covering a vast range of subject areas, notably Latin American archives, Jewish collections and the George Orwell Archive.

Additional Archives

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There are also archives located at several of our specialist libraries, related to the department, school, research institute or associated hospital, while documents concerning UCL’s history are also held by the Records Office.


Jolly Good Fellows exhibition case

UCL Library Services has extensive archives including rare books, manuscripts, personal papers and artefacts across a range of subjects. Each year there are themed exhibitions in the Main Library that draw on highlights from UCL Special Collections and there are both temporary and permanent exhibitions at other locations too.

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