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Libraries

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BBC Music Library

The BBC Music Library collection comprises 18th and 19th century printed music. It was first compiled in the 1950s to serve the needs of producers preparing broadcast material for BBC Radio 3. The collection was subsequently acquired from the BBC Music Library of London to complement material in the Mackworth and Aylward collections in Cardiff University.

Manuscripts of note in this collection are: Giuseppe Verdi’s Sechs romanzen mit pianoforte-begleitung (c. 1877) in a rare and richly illustrated German edition; Thomas A. Arne’s Thomas and Sally (1784), which was the first English comic opera to be sung through without dialogue; a copy of the Snegourotchka suite(c. 1899) by Rimsky-Korsakov signed by the composer; John Parry’s Selection of Welsh melodies (1809); and Richard Wagner’s Die walküre (1899), a unique copy which has several notices of performances bound with the score.

Crediton Parish Library

The Crediton Parish Library is the largest of the four parish libraries housed at the University of Exeter Library.The library contains a great number of theological works, but there is also a good cross-section of other subjects, such as history, politics, science, geography and literature.

The collection consists of two distinct parts, books and pamphlets, including 1225 seventeenth- and eighteenth-century pamphlets, many on non-conformist topics. The two incunabula in the collection are both dated 1495, being Henricus Boort’s Fasciculus morum, published at Deventer, and Problemata Aristolelis, published at Cologne. The collection also contains three manuscript catalogues of the Crediton Library: i) manuscript catalogue compiled by Rev. Thomas Ley [c. 1700] ii) manuscript catalogue and index (1854) iii) catalogue compiled by Symes and Robinson, solicitors, Crediton (1966).

Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives

Housed in the west wing of the Bishop’s Palace, Exeter Cathedral, is a modern library and archive facility in which is preserved many thousands of books and documents – most of them rare or unique.

The Library contains medieval manuscripts, early printed books and modern published texts on a remarkable range of subjects including local history, theology, medicine, science and many more.The Archives contain unique original records documenting the history of the Cathedral and its Dean and Chapter including the buildings, people and former estates across Devon and Cornwall (and Bampton, Oxfordshire).

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is one of the leading cultural institutions in the world.  The library is reference only, and material has to be consulted in one of the 3 reading rooms, or where available, online.

Parkes Institute and Library

The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations is a unique centre of study across the ages. It is a community of scholars, archivists, librarians, students, and activists. The Institute is based on the life work of the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981), one of the most remarkable figures within twentieth century Christianity. Ordained by the Church of England in 1926, through his work with the International Student Service and the Student Christian Movement as early as the 1920s he campaigned against the rise of racist nationalism in Europe.

The archive and library contains a wealth of material of interest to the historian of Anglo-Jewry as well as James Parkes’s personal papers. In recent years, the Parkes Collections have developed as a place of deposit for archives concerning nineteenth and twentieth century Anglo-Jewry. Of particular interest are materials relating to national and international organisations and to Jewish individuals. These include the papers of Anglo-Jewish leaders, such as Selig Brodetsky, Neville Laski and Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz, and those of some of its most important institutions: the Anglo-Jewish Association, the Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor and the London Board of Shechita.

The Parkes Library remains unique since it is the only collection devoted to the relationships between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. It includes books by most of the important writers on Jewish history from the fifteenth century to date as well as 360 periodical titles of which over 70 are current. The most important sections of the collection are those dealing with the history of Jewish communities, Jewish-Christian relations, antisemitism and the Holocaust, together with a section on the development of Zionism and the history of Palestine up to and including the foundation of the state of Israel.

Penryn Campus Library, Exeter

The Penryn Campus Library, Exeter, contains the following archival resources: Kneehigh Theatre; archipelagic research and coastal identities; Bill Douglas and Peter Jewel Film Collection; Camborne School of Mines Historical Records; Cornish Poetry Collection; Institute of Cornish Studies Archive Collection; Map Collection; Nick Darke Archive; and Patrick Gale: manuscript and unpublished works.

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