Happy New Year from the Special Collections staff! Following on from our Christmas post, we are still under snow.
In his 1927 essay, “First Snow”, J.B. Priestley expressed his delight in the magical transformation that new snow gives to the landscape, but concluded that he would not like English winters to be more snowy, as “we would be sick of it in a week” – he wrote that it is the change in our surroundings and not the snow itself that is wonderful. While not yet sick of our snow, which is still a magic blanket, we find the ice is becoming tiresome now. Fortunately, Special Collections staff have generally been able to get in to work!