Our Special Collections contain books and other items considered too rare, valuable, old or delicate to go on open shelves, or of other special interest to the staff and students of Bath Spa University.
The collections receive special treatment in terms of:
What is in the Special Collections?
1st editions of published creative works by Bath Spa University alumni, signed by the authors.
Artists' Book Collection
Teaching collection of artists' books which supports Bath School of Art & Design courses.
Bath Academy of Art Prospectuses
Collection of prospectuses from Bath Academy of Art 1946-86 and Bath School of Art & Design 1986 onwards.
Bath School of Art & Design Degree Show Postcards
Collection of degree show student postcards and yearbooks from Bath School of Art & Design.
Bath School of Art & Design Poster Collection
Degree show and other exhibition posters and flyers from Bath Academy of Art and Bath School of Art & Design.
Bath Spa University Christmas Card Collection
Print copies of official Bath Spa University Christmas cards with designs produced (in the main) by Bath School of Art & Design students.
Early Printed Books
A handling collection of early printed books which supports Bath Spa University BA English degree modules which focus on Early Modern printed books (pre-1700).
Books and papers representing winners and nominees of the annual V&A Illustration Awards, many of them personally signed, donated by Mr Jack and Mrs Audrey Ladevèze.
Artist's lay figure once owned by Walter Sickert (1860-1942). Probably late 18th Century.
Print copies of Bath Spa University PhD theses from 1999 onwards.
Research Display Collection
Display copies of titles that represent the recent research output of Bath Spa University.
Shirley Toulson Poetry Collection
A personal collection of poetry books donated by the poet and literary critic Shirley Toulson. There is an emphasis on poets from the 1960s and 1970s.
Signed Music Scores
Music scores autographed by the composer - assorted works by Michael Tippett, Peter Maxwell Davies, one work by William Walton (limited ed. signed), one work 'commissioned for Bath Spa' by Francis R Shaw.
Sion Hill Special Collection
Collection of books from the library at Bath Academy of Art (at Corsham Court from approx 1946) transferred to Somerset Place in 1986. Assumed to be representative of material available to students and staff of Bath Academy of Art. Some rare and valuable items. Books added since 1986 if of value and for Reference only.
Sion Hill Special Collection Journals
Collection of journals from the library at Bath Academy of Art (at Corsham from approx 1946) transferred to Somerset Place in 1986. Assumed to be representative of material available to students and staff of Bath Academy of Art.
How do I find the Special Collections?
All items that are available for consultation can be found via the Library Search, they will show a ‘loan type’ and ‘location’ of Special Collection.
How do I access the Special Collections?
Please ask library staff for assistance. Some items will require you to fill out a Library Special Collections Rare Books Request Form (pdf) and get it signed by your tutor.