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Teaching using Special Collections

Teaching using Special Collections

Find out about our teaching sessions and how to use the rich resources to support teaching and enhance the student experience.

As part of the University's response to COVID-19 we are currently unable to deliver face-to-face teaching sessions. However, we are actively exploring alternative methods of delivery for our Special Collections teaching sessions, so please do contact us at if you would like to incorporate any of the sessions below, or a bespoke Special Collections element, into your teaching.

Teaching sessions

Our carefully designed teaching sessions enable your students to work with primary sources and develop crucial analytical skills.

Choose from our range of sessions, all of which use primary material from our collections and can involve our specialist staff to deliver or co-deliver with you:

  • Introduction to Special Collections
  • Introduction to archives
  • Introduction to rare books
  • How to find and use relevant archives and rare books here and elsewhere.
  • Primary source analysis
  • Referencing & citation of Special Collections materials
  • Using gigital material v using original material
  • Palaeography basics

Alternatively, we can work with you to create a bespoke session tailored to your module or subject area. We’d love to hear from you!

To arrange a teaching session or to talk to us about your ideas and requirements, please complete our teaching request form.

Career Development module placements

Each year we offer a limited number of placements within Special Collections as part of the University's Career Development Module.

If you have a student who might be interested, they can either contact us at or visit the Career Development Module pages.

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