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Brunel Special Collections holdings include printed books, including rare books published before 1800, historic periodicals, manuscript materials, ephemera, images and maps. Collections strengths include social history, principally in our Burnett Collection of Working Class Autobiography, and railway history.

Individual topic guides are available detailing materials in our collections relating to the First World War, Second World War and Women's History.

You can find out more about each of our Special Collections using the links below. For details of arranging to access them see Using Our Collections.

Our Collections

Other collections

Amanda Rohloff Moral Panics collection

D C Watt Collection

Shakespearean Collections


For the history and archives of Brunel University itself and its predecessor colleges, please see the  Brunel University Archives pages


Apart from the Gilbert Blount and Brunel photographs collection, archival collections relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel are at the Brunel Institute in Bristol.