Friends for Life: letters home from an 18th century St Andrews alumnus

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Ro Spankie, Principal Lecturer, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, shares with us her recent search to find out about her ancestor Thomas Spankie and his time as a student at St Andrews in the 1700s.Read more

Washing ‘the Bosphore’ and attaching Oriental sketches 2: treatment and results

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In part I of this post, we saw the pre-treatment condition of ‘Le Bosphore’ and ‘Sketches in Turkey, Syria and Egypt’.Read more

Washing ‘the Bosphore’ and attaching Oriental sketches 1: before treatment

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To start the New Year, we take a look at the conservation work carried out on two of our rare books, in this two-part blog.Read more

The transition to Open Access: how’s it going?

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A report has been published recently detailing statistics on the transition to Open Access. The report, which can be downloaded here, was published by Universities UK, a body representing the interests of UK universities through advocacy and engagement, as well as conducting research and analysis.… Read more

Season’s Greetings from Echoes from the Vault

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Echoes from the Vault will be taking a break over the seasonal period but we will be back in January 2018.… Read more

The Great Plum Pudding ‘Bake’-Off

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Four more sleeps till Christmas. The mental background burble of the culinary checklist is getting louder. Make pastry. Bake biscuits for gingerbread house.… Read more

Closures and changes to opening times over winter vacation

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students in main library 2017

We hope you all have a lovely festive season and winter break!

All Library facilities will close at 1700 on Friday 22nd December 2017 and reopen on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.… Read more

David Pearson workshop on ‘Provenance in Books’

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On 21-22 November, Special Collections welcomed David Pearson, former Director of Culture, Heritage & Libraries for the City of London Corporation and author of Provenance Research in Book History (1994), English Bookbinding Styles (2005) and Books as History (2008), for a workshop on provenance in printed books.… Read more

The exam season is upon us!

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Saturday, 9th December, was the beginning of St Andrews’ first semester examination diet. In this blog we thought we would examine the examination practices of the University, and share with you some of the 19th and 20th century exam papers we hold in our muniment collections.… Read more

Repository reaches 11000 items in record time

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Five months since we announced the 10,000th item in the St Andrews Research Repository the team is amazed to already be reporting the 11,000th milestone has been reached, just in time for Christmas.… Read more