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SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

Binned, banned, bombed: selection and survival in Special Collections & Archives

Have you ever wondered why there is what there is in Special Collections & Archives?
Our collections are a fascinating mixture of what survives physical degradation, individual actions, historical events and official censure. But just because something has survived for a long time doesn’t automatically mean it has a place in Special Collections & Archives. 



Coronavirus (COVID-19): the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room remains closed.

However, from 20th July staff have limited access to the collections and are able to begin answering your enquiries. We continue to develop plans to reopen in accordance with University policy. See our Visiting and Using page for further information. 


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For appointments & enquiries

Material is available to consult by appointment. Appointments must be made by 4pm at the latest the day before your intended visit. See our Visiting and Using page for further information. 


Opening Times

Saturday & Sunday - Closed