What's On 2016

 

WintertideSkater on music cover from Spellman Collection

  • 8 December 2016 – 10 February 2017, Museum of English Rural Life & Special Collections staircase hall
  • Free

Concluding this year’s 90th anniversary celebrations, material from across the University of Reading's museums and special collections will be displayed in the Staircase Hall. Co-curated by the MERL Student Panel, the exhibition will bring together seasonal objects, archives and artworks which explore the subject of winter.

 

 

War and memory

  • 22 September – 2 December, Museum of English Rural Life & Special Collections staircase hall
  • Free

WWI memorial clockHow should we remember the great conflicts that shaped the twentieth century? We ask this question in a year which marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union. This exhibition looks at how the University of Reading has approached its memorials of conflict and how we collect and preserve memories of wartime. It explores how we might respond to the objects and documents that survive.

University of Reading scientist90 Years of Memories

  • 5 July – 16 September, Museum of English Rural Life & Special Collections staircase hall
  • Free

The year 2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter of the University of Reading. This exhibition looks back to its origins as a technical college for the people of Reading, and its journey towards independence. Find out about the men and women from 90 years of Reading’s history who made the University what it is today.

Ex libris: marks of ownership in rare books Binding with wax portrait

  • 4 April to 1 July, Museum of English Rural Life & Special Collections staircase hall
  • 4 July to 2 October, University Library, Whiteknights campus
  • Free

This exhibition invites the viewer to explore the private relationship between readers and their books, and the variety of different ways in which book owners (both famous and long forgotten) from the seventeenth to the twentieth century have indicated ownership of their books through the use of bookplates, decorated bindings, inscriptions and annotations.

'For the better Prosecution of their Studies': parochial libraries in the long eighteenth century

  • 10 May
  • 6-7 pm
  • Free

Bookplates from books from the parochial libraries collectionsFour collections of early printed books held at the University of Reading Special Collections are labelled 'parochial libraries'. As they vary enormously, in size as well as in the language, place and date of publication, and subject matter of the books, can they even be grouped together? In this talk, PhD student Maria Franchini will explore the nature of the parochial library. The talk will be accompanied by a display of early printed books from the parochial libraries collections.

This event is free of charge. To book a place, email merlevents@reading.ac.uk.

The social life of books

An annotated book in the Ex libris exhibition

  • 2 June
  • 1-2 pm
  • Free

In this talk, Dr. Paddy Bullard explores how books from the University of Reading collections reveal their past lives as objects of private devotion and possession, as tokens of exchange between families, lovers or friends, and as valued goods within communities or institutions. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to view the Ex libris exhibition.

This event is free of charge. To book a place, email merlevents@reading.ac.uk.

Discovering the Landscape: treasures from the collections of the Landscape Institute

Instructions LI

  • 13 January to 1 April, Museum of English Rural Life & Special Collections staircase hall
  • 6 April to 1 July, University Library, Whiteknights campus
  • Free

This display will showcase a selection of important archive materials and books from the Landscape Institute collections, including rare books dating from the sixteenth century to the present day.

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