While we may be tucked away in the basement of the David Wilson Library there are plenty of exciting discoveries to be made in Special Collections, as recent media interest in our collections demonstrates.
We had a busy week last week launching our new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Leicester author Sue Townsend. The continuing popularity of Sue and her books, especially in her home town of Leicester, was reflected in the level of interest in the launch. On Wednesday we welcomed Bridget Blair from BBC Radio Leicester, whose two-part report on the exhibition and Sue Townsend Archive was broadcast during the breakfast show on Thursday and Friday. The report can be heard on the webpage for the Jim Davis and Jo Hayward show on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0260wgk (part one)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026346n (part two)
There was further coverage on The Guardian website, BBC News and the Leicester Mercury:
To finish off the week, the Leicester Mercury’s Saturday supplement, More Mercury, published a two page feature on our collections, describing us as ‘the library that other libraries want to be’. People are often surprised by both the richness of our collections and the fact that members of the public as well as staff and students of the University are welcome to come and consult them. I hope the recent coverage will encourage people to come and visit us to use our collections and see the exhibition.