On 15 May CAP teamed up with Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library and Special Collections at the University of Sheffield Library to host ‘Opening the Archive’, a public event which saw material on display from both the collections.
Archivists and specialist librarians, including both Cheryl Bailey (Senior Archivist at Sheffield Archives) and Jacky Hodgson (Head of Special Collections), were on hand to answer questions. School of English postgraduate students, Jess Hannington and Sophie Maxwell, were also in attendance to discuss archival work undertaken as part of their MA work placement module. Jess has been working with the Keith Dewhurst Collection, held by Special Collections, whilst Sophie has been exploring the varied collections held by Sheffield Archives (click here to learn more about Sophie’s findings).
There was an impressive array of material on display, ranging from early editions of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary (1755) and John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1688), to letters from Charlotte Bronte and Samuel T. Coleridge and autographs by William Wordsworth and Charles Darwin.
There were also objects of local significance, like Sheffield’s eighteenth-century newspapers, The Sheffield Register and The Sheffield Iris, and the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Arts minutes book from 1905!