UCL Jewish Studies Special Collections

UCL Library Special Collections

The Library Services of University College, University of London (UCL) holds printed, manuscript and archival collections of Hebraica and Judaica which are of national and international importance. There are 185,000 items in all. The core of the collection was the Library of the philanthropist, scholar and…
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Lesbian and Gay

National Portrait Gallery

In 2009, the National Portrait Gallery ran the Gay Icons exhibition - portraits of inspirational figures, many of them gay, chosen by a panel of some of the most famous LGBT people in the UK today.  Some, although not all of the images were from…
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Lesbian and Gay

Museum of London

The Museum of London has a growing collection of material and oral histories relating to gay lives. A good sample can be seen on their 'Reassessing what we collect' site here: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/Collections/OnlineResources/RWWC/Themes/1161/.  Although much of the material is modern, it also touches on Roman London…
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Lesbian and Gay

The Women’s Library

The Women’s Library, London holds archives that document women’s lives from the 19th century to the present day. Here the researcher will find campaigning material relating to Second Wave Feminism.  With a little delving, it is a rich source of information on lesbian lives.It has…
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Lesbian and Gay

British Museum

The Warren Cup, a first century AD silver goblet showing explicit scenes of gay lovemaking was the most expensive item ever purchased by the British Museum when bought for £1.8 million in 1999.  It is on permanent display.Although no comprehensive survey has yet been made…
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Lesbian and Gay

Museum Of Croydon

The Museum of Croydon's collections include several objects and oral histories relating to gay lives in the area - from the drill belonging to a lesbian plumber, the pregnancy dress of another woman in a gay relationship http://bit.ly/9wo2J9, the story of one man's crushing wait…
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Lesbian and Gay

London School of Economics Library

The Hall-Carpenter Archives (HCA) founded in 1982 are the largest source for the study of gay activism in Britain which followed the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957. Holdings include papers donated by Peter Tatchell, including those relating to the now notorious 1983 Bermondsey by election. 
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Lesbian and Gay

Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive

The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA) is based at Middlesex University in North London and houses over 200,000 cuttings taken from the non-gay press on all LGBT matters since the late Nineteenth Century. The newspaper cuttings are currently only indexed for the period 1937…
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Religious Group: Sikh

Wallace Collection, London

Come and see a magnificent gold-hilted dagger encrusted with precious jewels, from the Court of the Mughal Emperors. One of the finest and rarest of such weapons in the world, it may have belonged to Jahangir or his son Shah Jahan, who built the Taj…
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Religious Group: Islam

Wallace Collection, London

In the south of India in the 18th century lived the infamous warrior-king Tipu Sultan. He was known as 'The Tiger of Mysore'and the blade of his sword is decorated with Tipu's personal emblem, a beautiful and intricate gold tiger.
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North, West & Southern Europe: French

Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection is famous for the fine quality 18th century French paintings, furniture and porcelain on display at Hertford House. Follow the links below for more detail of the French holdings.French Fountains At The Wallace CollectionSir Richard Wallace, last in the generation of five…
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Asian: Japanese

Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection includes 21 Japanese objects, amongst which are fine lacquer ware (including boxes and cabinets, some with panels of Japanese lacquer mounted in Europe to European taste), weapons (including a very good daisho) and other examples of smaller furniture as well as incense…
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Asian: Chinese

Wallace Collection, London

Visit the Wallace Collection during the Year of the Pig and find a surprising number of Chinese treasures hidden amongst the gilt and glamour of the French Rococo: beautiful celadon vases transformed for the European market with the addition of ornate gilt-bronze mounts and handles;…
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Wallace Collection - collection overview

Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection contains paintings, armour, works of art, ceramics, furniture and sculpture, many of which are the finest of their type.There's a large collection of French material - much of it obtained by auction in the aftermath of the French revolution. There's also European…
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Religious Group: Islam

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A has been collecting Islamic art since the museum first opened in the 1850s, when it was much influenced by the architect and designer Owen Jones. During the 19th century, the government spent considerable sums buying excellent examples of Islamic art. During the 20th…
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Religious Group: Buddhist

Victoria and Albert Museum

Buddhist artefacts in the Stein Collection The Far Eastern Section at the V&A acts as custodian for nearly 700 objects (of which around 600 are textile fragments) which were retrieved in the chain of abandoned oasis settlements along the Silk Road. The entire area now…
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Oceania: Australian

Victoria and Albert Museum

Much of the Australian material in the V&A is contemporary. The museum has recently acquired a few Australian prints by Aboriginal artists. They include one by Peter Narbarlambarl (1999) on temporary display May - November 2006, and Susie Bootja Bootja (2002). They also have three…
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Near & Middle East: Afghani

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A hold about 200 items from Afghanistan, and although none of these are on display, you can see a handful of them online.The vast majority of these items date from the 19th century, and include arms, ammunition, textiles and jewellery.  Throughout the late Victorian…
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Eastern Europe: Hungarian

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A have over 200 Hungarian pieces in their dress and textile collections, although many of these are small accessories.There is a display of traditional European embroidered and woven textiles in gallery 96, this includes a group of six Hungarian pieces. In gallery 99 there…
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Cross-cultural

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A's has a resource box on cultural identity in its Prints and Drawings room. This box contains photographs that deal with issues of cultural identity. It explores the work of black, Asian and Middle Eastern photographers and of white photographers who have worked in…
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