During the period that the National Archives at Kew are closed to the public, they are making many of their digital records freely available on their website.  You can register to order and download up to 10 items at no cost, …

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As February is the month of love, we have gathered together to share with you books from our Rare Books collection that all have red covers. Red being the colour of energy, passion and of course love. Have a look …

We love books – especially rare ones! Read more »

For December and January, we have on display on the first floor foyer a book found in the Rare Books Collection that we recently discovered had a story tucked inside from a newspaper. The article told the story of Donald …

Lost and Found and the Rare Books Collection Read more »

Over the past couple of months, our new Rare Books display case has been put to great use to show to you some of our collection that are not usually on display. In October we had the powerful artwork of …

Divine Images from our Rare Books Collection Read more »

Some of you may have noticed that we have a new display case on the first floor of the University of Portsmouth Library. Our new display case has been especially built to display items from our Rare Books and Special …

Out of the Archives: Introducing our Special Collections Read more »

In November 2018, I blogged about Portsmouth Municipal College and its students during the First World War. To tie in with the D-Day 75 commemorations, this piece looks at the college in 1944 and the continuing impact of events earlier …

Portsmouth Municipal College survives the Blitz! Read more »

Portsmouth Municipal College, one of the predecessors of the University of Portsmouth, employed women in the Chemical and Natural Science Department from its earliest years. The 1913 college prospectus lists both Edith D. Johnson M.SC and Winifred E. Coalbran B.SC …

Images from the Archive: celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 Read more »

We have a collection of books on display in the Atrium of the Library which show some of our Rare Books and in particular the beautiful bookplates inside. We have found that we have bookplates in our collection designed by …

Beautiful Bookplates on Display Read more »