Special Collections

Feature of the Month: Horace Walpole's "Fugitive Pieces"

Horace Walpole -- author, politician, and patron of the arts -- was born 300 years ago this year, on 24 September 2017. Senate House Library commemorates him by featuring for the month one of his own works, printed at the private press he founded at his home in Twickenham.

31 Aug 2017
Dr Karen Attar

Timothy Bright, John Foxe, and Apocalyptic Annotations

John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and works by Timothy Bright and John Bale feature in our Reformation exhibition. In this blog post, Dr Mark Rankin, Associate Professor of English at James Madison University, Virginia, discusses an early reader’s annotations preserved within the Senate House Library’s copy of Bright’s abridgement of Foxe’s famous work, with reference to Bale.

14 Aug 2017
Dr Mark Rankin

'In a summer season when soft was the sun': Piers Plowman on display

Folio 4 recto of SL V/17, showing the beginning of the second passus of Piers Plowman For two more weeks there is a rare opportunity to see a Senate House Library treasure in the flesh: one of our manuscripts of William Langland's Piers Plowman is currently on loan to the National Poetry Library for their exhibition, A Fair Field Full of Folk,  celebrating the poem.
23 Jun 2017
Tansy Barton