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Engagement using Special Collections

Our materials can support and enhance engagement activities in a variety of ways.

Engagement collaboration

We actively seek to collaborate on and support engagement projects, particularly within Newcastle University. 

If you are working on a funding bid for a project involving Special Collections, we will be able to work with you to advise on costings and details of collaboration.

If you feel our collections or staff can contribute to your engagement project, contact us at

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Connecting Collections

'Connecting Collections' is a video series in which academic colleagues examine some of the unique and distinctive items held in Newcastle University.

Click on the videos below to see discussions surrounding some of our items from our collections:.

Have with you to Saffron-Walden by Thomas Nashe

In this video, Dr. Kate De Rycker and Professor Jenny Richards discuss Thomas Nashe’s Have with you to Saffron-walden. Or, Gabriell Harveys Hunt is Up (London: John Danter, 1596), a pamphlet that was the author’s final shot in a four-year literary feud with Dr. Gabriel Harvey and which was donated to Newcastle University Library from the Blavatnik Honresfield Library by the Friends of the National Libraries, 2022.

2 academics looking at the Have with you Saffron-Walden book

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Student engagement

Each year we offer a limited number of placements within Special Collections as part of the University's Career Development Module.

If you have a student who might be interested, they can either contact us at or visit the Career Development Module pages.

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Public History

Special Collections holds a wealth of material to support Public History practitioners in making history relevant and useful in the public sphere, outside of specialised academic settings.

Please contact us at if you would like to explore potential projects in this area.

Bookshelves in Special Collections