Compass of the heart: following the map of matrimony on St Valentine’s Day

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‘Map of Matrimony’ from ms37102

To celebrate St Valentine’s Day this year we are featuring the Map of Matrimony, with its Kingdom of Courtship, River of Love, Dangerous Straits of Flirtation, Isles of Jealousy and Quicksands of Censure.… Read more

From Anglo-Saxons to the Tower of London

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On a recent visit to London, Rachel caught up with Becky Lawton (Medieval History MLitt, 2015) at the British Library’s sell-out Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition.… Read more

John Ruskin and James David Forbes

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Portrait of John Ruskin by Elliott and Fry, 1880 (ms37103-1-3-5v)

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin (8 February 1819-20 January 1900).… Read more

Meet your rare anatomy books

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On 21st January we held our first outreach session of the year: Meet your rare anatomy books. This event gave staff and students from the School of Medicine (and a couple of Library Directors!) the chance to view and discuss some of the older anatomical and medical books and manuscripts which we hold in Special Collections.… Read more

Turn over a new leaf – Veganuary

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Image of cabbage from the Tullis Russell Horticulture and Gardening club (ms38973/P/7)

The Veganuary campaign is encouraging people to go vegan for the month of January.… Read more

New Year, New Gifts and a chance to get involved

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Cupar from East, J Valentine & Sons, 1889 (JV-10823-A)

Happy New Year! Well, the time for festive present giving has now well and truly passed, but the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections Division received a wonderful gift the other week.… Read more

Donaldson Collection – fully classified after 104 years

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The books in the Donaldson Collection, which was bequeathed to the Library by Principal Sir James Donaldson in 1915, have finally been fully classified to the Library of Congress scheme after 104 years, and are soon to be fully catalogued by the Lighting the Past team.… Read more

Daguerreotypes in the Library’s Special Collections

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To start off the new year, our Photographic Collections Manager takes a look at the daguerreotypes in the Library’s photographic collections on the anniversary of Daguerre’s announcement to the world of his new photographic process.Read more

Advent Calendar 2018

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We hope you have enjoyed our Special Collections themed advent calendar! Here are all of the posts from the 1st to 25th December 2018.… Read more

Advent Calendar: 25 December – Nativity

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The Nativity of Christ from an illuminated manuscript book of hours produced in Rouen around 1470 (ms38938).

The Book of Hours was a prayer book for the laity that developed in late medieval Europe and that was used for private devotion.… Read more