A Critical Examination of Issues of Creation and Control in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela.

“Pamela is a weaver of words who attains her freedom through narrative; her victory lies in art” (Conboy 82). A Critical Examination of Issues of Creation and Control in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela. Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is ostensibly a text which provides moral guidance and instruction to readers by combining conventions of conduct literature with the... Continue Reading →


Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Five

I'm now past the halfway point of my internship and the time is really flying! It seems like only yesterday that I was gathered in a room with my fellow interns, anxiously, but eagerly anticipating the weeks ahead. I've been lucky enough to find some beautiful treasures during my time in Liverpool Hope University's Sheppard-Worlock... Continue Reading →

Our Brontë Books

As literature lovers, we all have endless lists of books we'd like to read, books we should have read, books we just couldn't read, and those we just couldn't put down. Our shelves are full of priceless treasures, nightmares, and guilty pleasures. Personally, I believe you can read someone (excuse the pun) by taking a... Continue Reading →

The Spirit of the Brontës in London

For decades the question of what the Brontë sisters actually looked like has been both a puzzle and an inspiration for devotees of the sisters’ literary works. It is only natural that we should desire to put faces to the names that we feel so connected to through their words, just as we do with other famous names from the literary world (Shakespeare perhaps being the most mysterious and elusive of them all). There are many idealized and imagined images of the sisters which can be found circulating on the internet; recently a website has even been created claiming to analyse the only known and authentic photograph of the sisters.

The Search After Happiness Review

The Search After Happiness is a short story written by Charlotte Brontë when she was just thirteen years old. The manuscript is one of the Brontë children’s “tiny books”, written in mock magazine style, and is now housed in the British Library’s archives. The manuscript contains many errors and revisions, one of the most prominent being on the title page where the young Charlotte had initially dated the text 1828 before crossing this out and replacing it with 1829.

Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Three

Three weeks ago I began my internship in Liverpool Hope University’s Sheppard-Worlock Library. Working within the Special Collections department, my task is to sort through uncatalogued pre-1900 archival material in order to research topics that may be of interest to the university’s History undergraduate students during their dissertation research. The texts with potential use to the students are then entered into a database which the undergraduates can use to search for relevant material, and then hopefully request to use it in the Special Collections department. I use the word hopefully as in addition to cataloguing a substantial amount of unknown material, the aim of this project is to encourage greater use of the department, and to encourage students to pursue archival research.

Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Two

Last week I began my internship at Liverpool Hope University, working within the Special Collections department of the Sheppard-Worlock library. My main task is to sort through uncatalogued material within the library’s Talbot Collection and to research potential areas of interest within the texts for History undergraduate students, compiling a database as I go along. One of the main objectives of the project is to introduce students to the possibility of archival research, and more specifically, to encourage them to make greater use of the Special Collections department, a wonderful treasure trove of information, but one sadly neglected by students who are either too pushed for time, or too nervous to handle archival and rare material. Whilst week one was inductions, introductions and refresher courses, week two has been about settling into a routine, clarifying my role, aims, and, of course, any obstacles.

Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week One

In 2017 I graduated from Liverpool Hope University having been awarded my MA in Popular Literatures. It was my second degree following my BA many years ago from Liverpool John Moores University. I had a four year gap in my studies having fallen victim to the curse of retail work. After trying and failing to find a full time job, my love of literature combined with my desire to actually have a career rather than a zero hour contract led me to Liverpool Hope.

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