Research into our collections

“My Usual Self is a Very Unusual Self”: Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey

IMG_0447.PNGShelagh Delaney, born 25 November 1938, brought a new and vibrant voice to the 1950s English stage: female, teenage, working class, and northern. On 27th May 1958 the play A Taste of Honey was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Stratford. Written by the 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney A Taste of Honey would later transfer to the West End and transform into a film which became symbolic of the late 1950s / early1960s ‘kitchen sink drama’. 

25 Nov 2018
Leila Kassir

Charity begins at home: Helen Bosanquet, the pioneer behind the Charity Organisation Society

Helen%20Bosanquet%20RS.jpgHelen Bosanquet neé Dendy (1860-1926) was born in Manchester on 10 February 1860, the fifth child and youngest daughter in a large middle-class family. After being educated at home by a German governess, she went on to study political economy at Newham College, Cambridge, where she gained first-class honors in the moral sciences tripos in 1889.

George Eliot first editions on display in the Library

We have first editions, letters, and periodicals related to George Eliot’s life and work from our collections on display in the Seng Tee Lee Centre on the 4th floor of the Library. This is inspired by and in support of the inaugural Nineteenth Century Study Week at the Institute of English Studies. The display in the Library will continue up until Friday 1 June 2018.

Celebrating George Eliot

Ahead of next year’s 250th anniversary of her birth, the inaugural Nineteenth Century Study Week at the Institute of English Studies takes George Eliot as its subject.  To mark this, a small display of material related to Eliot’s life and work will be in the Seng Tee Lee Centre on the 4th floor.  The Display’s features material from across the Library’s collections, including Eliot’s early periodical contributions, first editions and letters.

Operation Tiger: Marking 34 years since the raid on Gay's The Word Bookshop

Gay’s the Word, an independent LGBT bookshop at 66 Marchmont Street, is a Bloomsbury institution and features in the film Pride (2014). On 10 April 1984, the shop was raided by UK Customs and Excise, who seized its imported books. What became known as Operation Tiger saw the eventual confiscation of 144 titles consisting of thousands of pounds worth of stock, with works by Jean Genet, Gore Vidal, Djuna Barnes and Jean-Paul Sartre included amongst those deemed obscene.

10 Apr 2018
Leila Kassir

How to become a book collector by Anthony Davis Prize winner Astrid Khoo

I never set out to become a book collector. As a teenager, stories fed my escapist fantasies; back in Melbourne I must have read a good half of the school library. In short I don’t think I ever developed an ‘interest’ for books – as that sounds awfully cold and detached – but rather I fell in love with reading during my formative years, and the natural consequence of that was becoming a book collector. 

20 Mar 2018
Astrid Khoo