Tag Archives: rare books

Musical chairs

It was a very sad day in the Anderson Room on the 26th April 2017 when we bade farewell to our comfy blue chairs that have been part of the Anderson Room at the UL since at least 1935. The chairs … Continue reading

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New Old Music: Hogwood collection highlights

Following in the footsteps of New Old Books and recent acquisitions posts on the Cambridge University Library Special Collections blog, this week will provide a little taster of music items purchased from the estate of Christopher Hogwood. Our new treasures include music manuscripts, early printed … Continue reading

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More on Pendlebury hidden collections

Sometimes, when the Pendlebury Library is quiet and term has ended, I disappear from my workplace to reach the secret corners of the library, rooms accessible only to library staff. A door in the library annexe separates the accessible part … Continue reading

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Pendlebury hidden collections

Over the past 25 years the focus of the Pendlebury Library has gradually but clearly shifted from being a research intensive library owning a collection of manuscripts, concert programmes and rare books, to a faculty library primarily supporting teaching. Although music manuscripts … Continue reading

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Ringing the changes: early bellringing books in the University Library

The University Library is home to many rare books on bellringing and the fact that most are kept in the Music Department reminds us of the musical nature of this great English tradition. The ringing of bells has been practiced … Continue reading

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And your overdue fine will be ….

Recently I answered a phone call from a lady in Manchester whose first words were “This is a very strange phone call…” Whilst packing up her house prior to moving she discovered a Pendlebury library book in the bookcase which … Continue reading

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Aging gracefully? An update on the Pre-1900s material at the Pendlebury

As part of the ongoing redevelopment of library space at the Pendlebury, I have continued work on the project to remove volumes published before 1900 from the open shelves both in order to preserve their condition and to allow more … Continue reading

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