Monthly Archives: October 2017

History Day 2017

Join us and a host of other libraries, archives and research organisations for History Day 2017 at Senate House Library in London on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Admission is free, but you will need to register on their website to attend.

History Day is a great opportunity to find out about the vast array of collections available to research in the London area and beyond, and ask the people who look after them to tell you more. There are panel sessions on public history, digital history and discovery in libraries and archives.

The programme and a full list of participating organisations is available on the History Day website, where you can also read blog posts on this year’s theme of magic and the supernatural

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Thames Tunnel Diorama: looking inside



Ordinary people – exceptional lives

Hillingdon Literary Festival takes place on Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October 2017, with a theme of Ordinary people – exceptional lives. There’s a whole weekend of activities planned, and Special Collections will be playing a part on Saturday 7 October with a workshop on life writing and Special Collections.

We’ll be exploring life writing using autobiographies from the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography. You can explore other creative writing ideas using Special Collections in other posts on this blog.

You can book your place here on any of this weekend’s workshops.


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Reading room and registration area

Special Collections re-opening

Over the summer we’ve been very busy moving to a new Special Collections reading room, with improved facilities for readers and teaching workshops using our collections. Our official re-opening is on Monday 9 October between 1 and 4pm to which everyone is very welcome.

Reading room and registration area

Our new reading room and registration area

Our re-opening is taking place during National Libraries Week, and you’ll have a chance to see some highlights from our collections out for you to discover. This is a great opportunity to drop in and see how Special Collections can support you.

Is there something from our collections that you’d particularly like to see on Monday? Then get in touch via email or Twitter and we’ll see what we can do!

We are still on level 3 of the Bannerman Centre, but now in BANN 328 (access via main stairs/lift). Please ask at the library welcome desk if you need directions.