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Detail of Radcliffe MS.36

Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) is a key resource in the scholarship activities of the University with an essential role in supporting the research and teaching activities of both Hope staff and students, and external researchers, in line with the University’s strategic and academic goals.

Some donated special collection material has been integrated into the main collection, for example the Merseyside CND library, where it is felt they complement and enhance the existing collection and will be best exploited by users.

Catalogued collections are available to search on the library catalogue, OneSearch. To limit your search to a particular collection, e.g. Andrew F. Walls Centre, select the name of the collection from the drop-down menu under 'Location' using the advanced search tool. Go to Information and Guides for help navigating your way around OneSearch.

For those collections, that are not yet catalogued, there are finding aids in the form of printed catalogues and classification schemes available to download or to consult in the Reading Room. Unfortunately, due to limited staffing, we are unable to offer a paid research service. If you would like to make an appointment please email specialcollections@hope.ac.uk.

Subject strengths

Subject strengths include:

  • Early bible translations and commentaries
  • History of education
  • History of mission and missionary activity
  • History of religions
  • Liturgy – during the Reformation
  • Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
  • Methodism
  • Mission studies
  • Mission theology
  • Non-Western Christian art
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of education
  • Recusant history (particularly in the NW)
  • Roman Catholic studies
  • Vatican II 

Useful information

To view the manuscripts and rare books in Reading Room please make an appointment. Email specialcollections@hope.ac.uk