Unseen Arnold Bennett treasures go on show

"The University library's Arnold Bennett Archive contains a wealth of material - some of it never before published - which will enhance the current appreciation of Bennett's remarkable output and his fascinating character."

Dr Catherine Burgass, Honorary Research Felllow

Staffordshire University's Thompson Library is marking the 150th anniversary of the Potteries' most famous author with a showcase of its Arnold Bennett Archive.

Alison Pope, Library and Information Services Manager, and Honorary Research Fellow Dr Catherine Burgass have worked with University colleagues and Chair of the Arnold Bennett Society Leslie Powner to digitise and annotate highlights of the Jean Potter Memorial Collection of Bennett papers.

The Collection, which was donated to Staffordshire University by former society Chair John Potter in 2007, includes previously unpublished letters, photographs, privately printed editions, ephemera and much more.

Dr Catherine Burgass, who lectures on Staffordshire University's English and Creative Writing course, said: “The University library's Arnold Bennett Archive contains a wealth of material - some of it never before published - which will enhance the current appreciation of Bennett's remarkable output and his fascinating character.”

Among the treasures are a School Minute Book containing Bennett's early examination results, letters to his niece spanning several decades and pages from a family scrap-book. Some unusual aspects of Bennett's life and work are revealed, including his affiliation with Marie Stopes' birth control movement and a little-known poem.

The digitised material is available online at http://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/ArnoldBennett
and some of the physical artefacts are on actual display in the Special Collections, Thompson Library until Friday 8 September  2017. 

Staffordshire University staff, students and visitors are invited to come and find out about this Collection. For further information on how to arrange a visit go to http://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/specialcollections

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