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Special Collections Policy


The overall aim of the Special Collections is to offer access to materials of intrinsic value to research and learning and teaching at the University of Central Lancashire, where the general collection management and access policies would compromise either the materials or access to them.

The Special Collections focus on four main areas:

  • The University of Central Lancashire institutional archive and materials relating to the Universities founding institutions.
  • The Temperance Collection, the core of which is formed by the Livesey Collection, the archive of the British National Temperance League.
  • Illustration, art and design, materials that support the visual arts courses especially in relation to textiles and other traditional local industries.
  • The Local Collection, materials relating to the history and culture of Lancashire, focussing on the locale of Preston.

These themes form the basis of any collection development and donations will be accepted on the premise that they strengthen the collections' focus in these areas. 

For Collection Management policies for each of the areas please refer to the individual collection pages.