Research, learning and teaching

Special Collections plays a strong role in supporting research, learning, and teaching both inside and outside the University.

Services for academics

As well as supporting academic research with our extensive knowledge of the collections and advice on other sources of relevant archives, we also provide more structured assistance with teaching and research. Find out about services for academics

Working with students

Members of the Special Collections' team are experienced in working with undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them to develop their ideas for research projects based on our collections. Find out about working with students

Group visits

Special Collections is keen to welcome groups from beyond the University of Birmingham who wish to learn more about what we can offer and engage in research with our collections. We also embrace opportunities to visit interested groups and present details of our work and collections. Find out about Group visits

Research outputs

Special Collections is keen to collaborate on research proposals based on our collections; see more details of recent projects supported by the team. Find out about our research outputs

Subject and resource guides

We provide a series of subject and resource guides for our archive collections, which are an excellent starting point for future research. Read our subject and resource guides

Student volunteer bank

Related to the short-term paid internships which are run each summer and available to University of Birmingham 2nd-3rd year undergrads and taught postgrads, a ‘bank’ of volunteers assist with tours of Cadbury Reserarch Library: Special Collections, outreach events, promoting the collections and helping us to reach new audiences. Places are limited to six University of Birmingham students who have shown a keen interest in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections and who have demonstrated an ability to make a valuable contribution to the team. Our volunteers for this year are  Zennat Bolia, Jodie Carpenter, George Dibble, Rebecca King, Alina Qazi and Lucy Rowland.