Archives and Special Collections

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Library Treasures

30 October – 4 March 2024

Cropped image from SCT 00036, Ibn al-Haytham's Opticae thesaurus, published in 1572What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘archives’ or ‘special collections’? Something mysterious and off-limits? Or old and dusty? 

Archives & Special Collections look after the University’s rare and unique books, manuscripts and archives. In this exhibition we’re showcasing our hidden treasures, offering you the chance to learn more about our collections through the themes of astronomy, medicine and health, and our local history. We will also explore the origins of our treasures and the individuals and societies who played an important role in forming our collections. 

Our archives, rare books and manuscripts can educate, inspire and challenge preconceptions. 

Visit our exhibition to find out more!  

Visiting the exhibition

Located on the ground floor of the David Wilson Library, the exhibition is open every day between 9.30am and 4.30pm (excluding public holidays and University closure days). Entry to the Library is free but security controlled. Ask for admission to the Special Collections exhibition at reception.

For more information email or call +44 (0)116 252 2056.

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