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)
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)
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)
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:
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).