The Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham holds an extensive collection of manuscripts and rare books - including a large number of eighteenth-century sources. Among these are personal and domestic papers, as well as the records of organizations, societies and businesses. Manuscript collections range anywhere from hand-written diaries and journals to musical scores.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, based on campus at the University, hold an exquisite range of sources, from paintings and works on paper to coins, sculpture and decorative arts. Among its paintings eighteenth-century specialists will find several Joshua Reynolds' pieces among others, and within its sculpture collection a bust of Alexander Pope, an equestrian statute of George I and 'A Rhinoceros call Miss Clara' - a bronze dating from approximately 1750.
Elsewhere in Birmingham
Also in the city BECC Researchers have easy access to the city archives at the Library of Birmingham, the material culture and visual sources at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Archdiocese of Birmingham Archives. Only a short journey away is the extensive Dudley Archives, and the city is well connected through public transport networks to support research trips to London, Nottingham, Manchester and across the UK.