Queen Mary, University of London

New Research Reading Room at Mile End Library

A new Research Reading Room for researchers and academic staff was opened within the Mile End Library on the 29th September 2011. The development was based on a consultation with research students and staff carried out during 2009, the results of which included the need for a quiet, comfortable environment for research postgraduates and staff to work, away from the busier and often noisier parts of the Library. The room has therefore been designed along similar lines to The British Library Reading Rooms, with high specification study desks finished in oak and leather, providing larger than standard worktop space, and LED task lighting at each desk. It is located in the quietest part of the Library and is open during normal library opening hours. Access is restricted to researchers and academic staff, and is card-controlled using the College’s access system. Responses to the space have been very positive, and a steadily growing number of researchers are using the room on a regular basis.

Project to digitise the Constance Maynard Diaries and Autobiography

A project has been launched to digitise and publish online the diaries and autobiography of Constance Maynard, the first Mistress of Westfield College. A pioneer of women’s education, Maynard helped to established Westfield College and for 31 years assisted hundreds of women to attain University of London degrees. The themes covered in her Green Book Diaries and autobiography include women’s education, sexuality, and religion in Victorian and Edwardian England.