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Special Collection: Welcome

Statement of Purpose

The Special Collection seeks to be a repository of books of special importance to Oakham School and its educational aims in various contexts, and also to Old Oakhamians, for which a place on the open shelves is not appropriate. The Special Collection of books is located in the stacks on the ground floor of The Smallbone Library.

To see what books are in the Special Collection, visit our catalogue.

Current Collection

The Special Collection is currently made up as follows:

  1. antiquarian books of special importance in the history of the book or the history of knowledge, which a sixth form teacher (particularly) might wish to use as a source of inspiration to his/her students;
  2. antiquarian books relating to local history (currently on loan to The Rutland Museum);
  3. association copies of particular merit or interest acquired by presentation or recent acquisition;
  4. finely bound books, in good condition, presented to the School or given as prizes to past Oakhamians;
  5. books by Old Oakhamians;
  6. a collection of books of particular relevance to Thomas Merton, and hence of particular interest to The Thomas Merton Society;
  7. the Roger Anderson military history research collection.

Featured Collection

Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Old Oakhamian, Animal Expert, TV Presenter, Zoologist

Titles currently in Special Collection

Jungle: a journey to the heart of the rainforest, Talking with Animals and Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animal Life. 

Charlotte was born in London but moved to Ghana when ten days old and then lived in Kathmandu between the ages of five and fourteen where her love of animals developed. 

After attending Oakham School she gained a BSc in Zoology and Psychology  at the University of Bristol. She followed this with a PhD in Zoology, spending four years in the forests of Gombe, Tanzania where she studied the communication of wild chimpanzees, with the support of world-famous primatologist Jane Goodall.

Charlotte has presented a number of documentaries for the BBC and written numerous articles for newspaper and magazines.

Normal term-time Library opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 08:30-21:15
Sat: 08:00-16:00
Sun: 14:00-18:00 (Summer Term only)