Digitisation, Cataloguing, Blog, Exhibitions
Soon after Crewe books arrived at Trinity, the Library’s cataloguers and digitisation specialists began working on the Collection, in order to make its treasures available to the general public.
A few select items of special interest were digitised at the start:
- Aeronautica, a volume of cuttings and illustrations
- Antoniana Margarita by Gometius Pereira with annotations by Coleridge
- Athena, an Owlet from the Parthenon, written for Florence Nightingale
- Confession faicte par messire Lovys Govfredy and Discovrs des declarations et confessions de Magdelaine de la Palvd, witchcraft confessions (1611)
- Kaladlit Assilialiait, woodcuts drawn and engraved by Greenlanders
- La nature et diversité des poissons, a handcoloured book by Pierre Belon printed in 1555
- The execution of Courvoisier, a volume of cuttings and ephemera
- The Rossiad, by Lord Alfred Douglas (1916)
- Wilton Garden, engravings by Isaac de Caus
More digitised books from the Crewe Collection can be found in the Wren Digital Library (classmark: Crewe).
Around 5,000 bibliographic records have been created since January 2016, and the number is growing every day. All books catalogued so far can be found on the Library catalogue (search by classmark: Crewe). The most precious and rare items were catalogued first. Cataloguers then started working on books in French and Italian, and have now moved on to books in English and Latin.
Found something in the catalogue that you would like to consult? To access the Collection, scholars need to make an appointment and book a reader’s place in the Wren Library.
Several posts regarding the Crewe Collection have been published on our blog since 2016. They span from digitised books to conservation work, items currently being exhibited in the Wren Library, and general information regarding the Collection.
Select items from the collection are also always on display in the Wren Library, which in normal circumstances is open to the public Monday to Friday between 12 and 2 (last admission: 1.50), and Saturdays in full term between 10.30 and 12.30 (last admission: 12.20).
Please note that as of October 2021, the Wren Library is closed to tourists. We hope we will be able to re-open soon.