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5 October 2005 PR 05/94

Thinking Allowed – libraries are the place for inspiration

Students and other visitors to Loughborough University’s library will have the chance to sample some of the treasures of the British Library thanks to an exciting touring exhibition that will be at the library during October.

The exhibition – “Thinking Allowed – libraries are the place for inspiration” – will be at the library from 5-28 October. It highlights treasures from the nation as a whole and the East Midlands region and shows how inspiration, invention and investigation have helped shape our society. The exhibition is designed to encourage visitors to think about how they can use libraries in new ways to explore the past and imagine the future.

Among the surprising figures from the East Midlands featured in the exhibition are a Roman legionary stationed in Leicester (Ratae Coritanorum), a Bishop of Lincoln and a hosiery manufacturer. It also highlights the importance of Loughborough’s William Cotton, who in 1864 invented a way of automatically shaping fabric during production. To complement the exhibition, the University archives department is running a parallel display highlighting some of the interesting and important personalities from the University’s past, including Herbert Schofield who was Principal of Loughborough College between 1915 and 1950 and Bob Wilson who trained to be a teacher at Loughborough and went on to be a professional footballer, TV presenter and football commentator.

Part of the exhibition is the British Library’s award-winning “Turning the Pages” kiosk which allows visitors to turn the pages of priceless historic documents stored at the library, including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.

Mary Morley, University Librarian says: “We are delighted to be able to host this display in Loughborough. We hope that many students and local residents will take the opportunity to come and visit and see what fantastic opportunities for learning are available through libraries both nationally and locally.”


For further information contact:

Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer,
T:01509 228696, E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  1. The British Library houses the world’s knowledge, and with over 160 million separate items it is one of the top three libraries in the world. It is the UK’s national library and the world’s leading resource for scholarship, research and innovation. Its collection covers every age of written civilisation, every written language and every aspect of human thought. Material held by the Library ranges from ancient Chinese oracle bones to technical reports about the latest scientific discoveries and today’s newspapers. Users including industrial companies and academic scholars, have access to the Library’s collection in its reading and via its global document supply services, which supply over 15,000 documents per day to 20,000 customers in 111 countries. Information on the Library’s collection and services is available on the British Library website at www.bl.uk
  2. The Pilkington Library on campus is home to 700,000 volumes as well as videos, dvds, cds and microfilms. It also has a wide range of printed journals.
  3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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