Beautifully decorated Christmas trees have appeared all around College, and there are tinsel garlands and lurid singing snowmen all over the place. We have of course jazzed up the enquiry desk with tinsel and stuck snowflakes on the office windows, but we are fortunate in the Library and Archive to some really lovely Christmassy books and artefacts to put on display as well!
Svetlana Paterson is our relatively new College Archivist, and she has provided these wonderful hand-written and illustrated programmes from the Homerton Juniors’ Social of 1899:
In the Children’s Rare Books Collection we have quite a lot of Christmas- and winter-themed books. Besides the two pictured below our display includes Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans, and The Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens.
Our Rare Books Collection has grown a lot over the last few months thanks to several large donations of books. Over the Christmas Vacation we will be working to get records for all of our Rare Books onto the Library catalogue, to open up the collection to researchers for reference use. We will give you more details about this once the records are on the catalogue!In the meantime please take the opportunity to have a closer look at the display next time you are in the Library, and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!