Monthly Archives: January 2019

Colour Our Collections 2019

From 4 – 8 February 2019 libraries across the world will be involved in Colour Our Collections Week. Brunel’s Special Collections invites you to take part by downloading, colouring and sharing a picture from our unique and distinctive collections of rare books and archives.

Pictures are available to download below, or on the Colour Our Collections website and hard copies are available near the library’s help desk in the Bannerman Centre.

Please share your finished creations with us using the hashtag #colourourcollections and by tagging us @BrunelSpecColl (Twitter) or BrunelSpecColl (Instagram)

This year’s featured pictures are all part of our Transport History Collection.

Horse Monday and the Jubilee Polka are both from S.T. Richardson’s The world’s first railway jubilee  (1876), a book of cartoons (black and white, photo-lithographed) featuring the Stockton and Darlington Railway, offering a humorous look at the first 50 years of rail travel in Britain. (ref.: Clinker 1059)

Download Horse Monday


Download Jubilee Polka


Download Two Penny Tube


The Two Penny Tube is from The train scrap book published by E. Nister in c.1910 and intended to be a children’s book about railways, including the London Underground and international railways (ref.: Clinker 1088)

Using Special Collections for your dissertation

You’ve chosen your dissertation topic because it’s something you’re really interested in – now it’s time to delve into the sources held within Brunel’s special collections to take your research to the next level!

Recent topics that students have researched using our Special Collections include:

  • Politics under Churchill and Attlee
  • London during the First World War
  • Communists during the 1920s and 1930s
  • Clothing of the poor
  • Literary cultures of Victorian railway workers
  • Perceptions of fascism in the inter-war period
  • Motherhood and bereavement in the First World War
  • Feminism under Thatcher
  • Presentation of women in the media
  • Colonial and post-colonial writers at the BBC

Find out about our collections

Special Collections is home to a huge array of material that can support your research. You can find out more by consulting our:

Using Special Collections

Our collections are kept in closed access so you will need to make an appointment in order to come and see them. If you haven’t used Special Collections or archival material before we have a guide on our blog.

Dissertation drop ins

You can drop into these sessions at any time to find out more about using Special Collections in your dissertation. These sessions will be held in BANN 328 (access via main stairs/lift).

Monday 21 January 2 -5 pm

Tuesday 22 January 2 -5pm

Wednesday 23 January 2 -5 pm