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Special Collections teaching support

We can support teaching within the University using our diverse collections of rare and unique printed books and manuscripts.

Contact us to arrange teaching sessions, research seminars, and group study sessions. You can also download one of our teaching packs or use our online resources in your teaching.

Download one of our teaching packs

We provide a number of lesson plans and worksheets to support teaching. The teaching packs cover how to use:

  • letters
  • diaries
  • photographs
  • newspapers
  • maps

Book a teaching session

You can book the Brotherton Room in the Special Collections research centre for teaching sessions or research seminars that draw on items from the collections.

You can display items in the room, and in some cases handle the items, as long as they are not too fragile.

Special Collections staff can support the delivery of teaching sessions, including train the trainer sessions and introductory information. This might include:

  • How to use rare books and manuscript archives for research.
  • Specific "show and tell" explorations that draw on individual items of interest to enhance the learning experience.

You should book the Brotherton Room (DOCX) well in advance. If you would like to look at or handle items, please contact us with full references of every item (including classmarks) at least two weeks in advance, with any display requirements.

We always try to meet requests but cannot make any guarantees because of the often fragile nature of the material.

Arrange a group study session

Group study sessions are an excellent way of making Special Collections material available to students.

If you want to consult items from the collections as a group, you can book the group study desk situated in the Special Collections reception area. These spaces are ideal for small groups of up to 10 people.

Contact Special Collections to book a space. Please tell us the specific items you require for your session.

Online resources

Our research spotlights provide enhanced access to digitised images of manuscripts held in Special Collections.

These resources include in depth interpretation and narration to aid teaching and increase research skills.

Read our Student Support Policy

The Special Collections Student Support Policy (PDF) gives full details of our commitments to supporting teaching and the student experience.