Special Collections

Special Collections is home to a varied range of collections, used by researchers and to support teaching.

They cover a wide range of subject areas, including transport history, the Channel Tunnel, working class autobiographies, poetry and dialect, equality and advocacy, Middle-Eastern music and South Asian literature, art, theatre and music. You can read descriptions of them on the Collections page.

How to find items

Work to catalogue the collections is ongoing, but details of printed items may be found in the library catalogue and an increasing amount of archival material is listed on the Archives Hub. Please email us in case of difficulty locating material in the catalogues.

Finding out how collections are used

We also have a blog and Twitter feed where you can find out more about how our collections are used.


See Access to Special Collections for further details of how to make an appointment to use the collections.


Are you interested in using our collections to teach a workshop? You will find further information on our Teaching and Learning page.

New to using archival or special collections material?

If you have never used archive collections before the Archives Hub has some guidance on finding and using archives, as well as getting the most out of a research visit.

We have a blog post on How to use Special Collections, aimed at the new user.

Page last updated: Monday 20 October 2014