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Royal Holloway offers extended library services for revision and exams

Bedford Library was once again open 24/7 during the revision and exam period. Study areas were filled to capacity around the clock, and over 150 students could be found studying in the library at 2am on most nights. We employed two temporary Study Space Assistants who helped students find free desks and assisted in maintaining a pleasant study environment. We also introduced the 2NOISY texting service which allowed students to make library staff aware when others were disturbing them in quiet and silent study areas by texting the key word ‘2noisy and their location to a short code. This service was very successful and we hope to run it again at other busy times. The return of the “Space to Study” initiative which opens up classrooms and other areas across the campus to provide additional study spaces for revision also proved popular and hundreds of students took advantage of the extra study spaces.

Royal Holloway archive theatre collections showcased at The Heart of the West End Conference

Treasures from Royal Holloway’s Roy Waters Theatre Collection and the Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company archive were showcased at The Heart of the West End Conference in March. The two-day multidisciplinary conference on the past, present and future of London’s commercial theatre was organised by the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, in collaboration with the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and provided an excellent platform to present Royal Holloway’s strong drama special collections. Attendees were treated to rare items including a letter from Oscar Wilde, a Haymarket Theatre playbill dating from 1841, sheet music, and photographic portraits of Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Oscar Wilde, as well as photographs of Gay Sweatshop theatre productions.