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  • Anne McLaren’s Notebook

    Notebook Created date: 1955

    Dame Anne McLaren (1927 – 2007) was a developmental biologist who pioneered techniques that led to human in vitro fertil...

  • Benjamin Britten: War Requiem

    Manuscript Created date: 1961

    Benjamin Britten’s draft score for the War Requiem is dated at the end ‘Aldeburgh Dec. 20th 1961’. In accordance with Br...

  • Benjamin Britten's manuscript score for A Midsumme...

    Musical score, Manuscript Created date: 1960–1978

    This manuscript, written in Benjamin Britten’s hand, is the score for the opera based on Shakespeare’s comedic play, A M...

  • Delius: Cello Sonata (recording)

    Sound recording Created date: 1926 (re-released by Symposium Records in 1992)

    This wartime Cello Sonata (1916), by the English composer Frederick Delius, was written for the cellist Beatrice Harriso...

  • Delius: Brigg Fair (recording)

    Sound recording Created date: 1928. Re-released by EMI in 1990

    Frederick Delius’s Brigg Fair (1907) is a set of variations for large orchestra based on the folksong ‘Unto Brigg Fair’....

  • Flamingo magazine, September 1961

    Periodical, Photograph, Image

    Edited by Dominican-born Edward Scobie, Flamingo magazine ran from 1961 to 1965. The magazine described itself as ‘the v...

  • Ghanaian Methodist Church skirt

    Printed textile Created date: 1961

    This printed cloth commemorates the inaugural conference of the Ghanaian Methodist Church in 1961. It is intended to be...

  • Letter from Alan Turing to W Ross Ashby

    Letter Created date: 1946

    Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954) was a mathematician and computer scientist. He is best known for his code-breaking work...

  • Letters from T S Eliot to the Tandy family, with d...

    Manuscript, Typescript, Letter, Draft, Ephemera, Image, Illustration Created date: 1934–65

    The poet T S Eliot wrote a series of nonsense verse based on his friends' cats, first published in 1939 (and later adapt...

  • Library book covers defaced by Joe Orton and Kenne...

    Artwork, Ephemera, Photograph, Image, Illustration, Collage Created date: c. 1959–62

    In 1962 Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell were placed on trial for the theft and ‘malicious damage’ of books belonging to...

  • Manuscript of 'At Lampfall' by Derek Walcott

    Typescript, Manuscript Created date: c. 1958 - 1962

    In this early 1960s poem, ‘At Lampfall’, we find many of the motifs that poet and playwright Derek Walcott consistently ...

  • Manuscript outline of chapters for The Bell Jar by...

    Manuscript, Draft Created date: estimated spring 1961

    This handwritten outline of chapters for Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar, is written on Smith College memorandum pape...

  • Meet My Folks! by Ted Hughes

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Meet My Folks! is Ted Hughes’s first book for children. It was published in 1960 by Faber & Faber, with illustrations by...

  • Notebooks of Ted Hughes, c. 1959–64

    Manuscript, Notebook, Diary, Ephemera Created date: estimated 1959–5 January 1964

    Estimated to date from 1959 to 1964, these loose papers are part of a larger collection of notebooks owned by the poet T...

  • Pages from W. Ross Ashby’s journal

    Journal Created date: 1948

    William Ross Ashby (1903-1972) was a pioneer in cybernetics – the study of the control of human and animal systems by te...