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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

Barton Library

Introduction

Non-fiction books

Non-fiction papers

Fiction

Audio-Visual

Society coat of arms

 

Introduction

S Saxon Barton
S Saxon Barton
When S. Saxon Barton, the founder of the Society, died in 1957, he left his collection of Ricardian books to the recently re-founded Society, and these twenty-one volumes formed the nucleus of the collection later to become known as the Barton Library in his memory.

Over the years, the collection has grown by purchase and donation under the care of the first Honorary Librarian, Mrs Olivia Wigram, and after her death in 1970, of Mrs Carolyn Hammond, who held the post of Librarian until 2001. The continuing expansion of the Library has meant that the collection of novels has been housed separately since 1998, and in 2001 the non-fiction collection was divided into two parts: books and papers. Since 1993 an audio-visual section has been developed by Geoffrey Wheeler. Complete catalogues of the stock in each section of the Library are available in each of the four sections: non-fiction books, non-fiction papers, fiction and audio-visual sections.

The catalogues of the library stock are constantly being revised and new versions will replace the old ones from time to time. As a result, some catalogues may be a little out of date, so if you do not find the item you are looking for please ask the relevant librarian as we may already have it in stock.

You can find out what material is available on any given topic by clicking on any of the catalogue files and then clicking on the 'magnifying glass' symbol to the left of the text to open a search box, type in the author or subject you are looking for and you will get a list of all the relevant items in that section of the catalogue. In this way you can create your own reading lists. [When searching the catalogues, if the magnifying or binocular symbols do not appear on your screen, press Ctrl-F to bring up a 'search' box.]

The Librarians will be happy to advise you on which books or papers to choose, to carry out quick searches for information or to supply photocopies – if this can be done without infringing copyright.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of lending.

 

Non-fiction books

Please send your requests for non-fiction books and information to:

Keith Horry, 36 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, Lancashire PR4 6AQ, or by e-mail.
+44 (0)1772 815 152

This collection includes approximately 950 books on the late fifteenth century: biographies, chronicles, social, cultural, political and military history, literature, drama and poetry. The range covers standard reference books, transcriptions of primary source material, general illustrated histories and children's books.

The catalogue is divided into twelve sections, according to subject. Within each section the items are arranged alphabetically by author, except in the biographical section where they are under the names of the people being written about and then alphabetically by author; and Primary Source Material which is divided into Calendars, Chronicles and Letters, and then alphabetically by author. [When searching the catalogues, if the magnifying or binocular symbols do not appear on your screen, press Ctrl-F to bring up a 'search' box.]

Biography Biographical Collections Fine & Applied Arts
Heraldry Literature Military History
Miscellaneous Plays Political History
Primary Source Material Social History Topography

Each entry gives:

  • the author,
  • the title,
  • whether the book is hardback or paperback,
  • the publisher and date of publication, and
  • includes a synopsis of the subjects covered.

Terms & Conditions of lending:

  • The Library is provided for the benefit of all members of the Society.
  • How: When ordering, please provide your full name, address and postcode in block capitals (an e-mail address and/or telephone number is useful in case of queries), and also the author and the full title of the item(s) you wish to borrow;
  • Delivery: Books may be collected personally or sent by post to members anywhere in the UK. Old and/or rare books can only be borrowed if they can be collected and returned in person. If you are collecting, please make an appointment before calling.
  • Overseas: We regret that because of the risk of loss or delay in the post, overseas members may borrow papers but not books, and recommend overseas members to use the catalogue as a reading list and to check the library facilities of their local Society branch and/or public library for availability of books.
  • How many? Up to two books may be borrowed at one time.
  • Duration: You may keep the books for up to a month from the date when you receive them. This period of loan may be extended on application to the Librarian, provided that the items are not required by other members.
  • Postage: Postage must be paid both ways by the borrower. Do not send any money when making requests but note the amount from the stamps used on the wrapping and enclose either stamps (preferably) or a remittance for the same amount when you return the items.
  • Return: Please return the books securely wrapped against the hazards of the post in the original packing - if re-usable - or in padded envelopes or other padded wrapping materials.

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Non-fiction papers

Please send your requests for non-fiction papers and information to:

Clifton Martin, 17 Beaumont Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire, LE12 8PH, or by e-mail.

This section of the library comprises nearly 2,000 booklets, essays and articles from journals covering the same topics and range of levels as the book collection.

The Non-Fiction Papers catalogue is divided into thirteen sections, according to subject:
[When searching the catalogues, if the magnifying or binocular symbols do not appear on your screen, press Ctrl-F to bring up a 'search' box.]

15th Century Drama & Literature Battles & Warfare
Bibliographies Biographical: Richard III
Biographical: Kings and Queens Biographical: Plantagenet
Biographical: Other
Dramatic & Literary Criticism Educational Material
Fate of 'The Princes' Fine & Applied Arts
Miscellaneous Periodicals
Politics, Government & Administration Primary & Early Secondary Source Material
Social History Topography

Each entry gives:

  • the title,
  • the author,
  • details of the journal or book from which the item was taken or just the date of publication in the case of pamphlets, and
  • a synopsis of the subjects covered.
  • italic type has been used for the titles of journals, books and pamphlets.

To save space the titles of some of the most frequently quoted journals have been abbreviated as follows:

  • BIHR: Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research
  • BJRL: Bulletin of John Rylands Library

Terms & Conditions of lending:

  • The Library is provided for the benefit of all members of the Society.
  • How: When ordering, please provide your full name, address and postcode in block capitals (an e-mail address or telephone number is useful in case of queries), and also the author and the full title of the item(s) you wish to borrow;
  • Delivery: Papers may be collected personally or sent by post to members anywhere in the world. If you are collecting, please make an appointment before calling.
  • How many? Up to four papers may be borrowed at one time.
  • Duration: You may keep the papers for up to a month from the date when you receive them. This period of loan may be extended on application to the Librarian, provided that the items are not required by other members.
  • Postage: Postage must be paid both ways by the borrower. Do not send any money when making requests but note the amount from the stamps used on the wrapping and enclose either stamps (preferably) or a remittance for the same amount when you return the items.
  • Return: Please return the papers securely wrapped against the hazards of the post in the original packing - if re-usable - or in strong well-fitting envelopes.

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Fiction

Please send your requests for fiction books and information to:

Anne Painter, Yoredale, Trewithick Road, Breage, Helston, Cornwall TR13 9PZ, or by e-mail.
+44 (0)1326 562 023

The period of the Wars of the Roses has always been a favourite with historical novelists and the controversy surrounding Richard III has generated some classic novels such as 'The Daughter of Time'. This section of the Library contains over 400 novels set in the fifteenth century or featuring 'Ricardian' themes.

The fiction catalogue lists all the novels in the Barton Library, arranged alphabetically by author. [When searching the catalogues, if the magnifying or binocular symbols do not appear on your screen, press Ctrl-F to bring up a 'search' box.]

Each entry gives:

  • the author,
  • the title,
  • whether the book is hardback or paperback,
  • the date of publication,
  • a brief outline of the story.

There is also a catalogue for short stories. [If the 'magnifying glass' symbol is not there, pressing CTRL-F will bring up a 'search' box at the bottom of the window.]

Terms & Conditions of lending:

  • The Library is provided for the benefit of all members of the Society.
  • How: When ordering, please provide your full name, address and postcode in block capitals (an e-mail address or telephone number is useful in case of queries), and also the author(s) and the full title of the item(s) you wish to borrow;
  • Delivery: Books may be collected personally or sent by post to members anywhere in the UK. Old and/or rare books can only be borrowed if they can be collected and returned in person. If you are collecting, please make an appointment before calling.
  • Overseas: We regret that because of the risk of loss or delay in the post, overseas members may borrow papers but not books, and recommend overseas members to use the catalogue as a reading list and to check the library facilities of their local Society branch and/or public library for availability of books.
  • How many? Up to two books may be borrowed at one time.
  • Duration: You may keep the books for up to a month from the date when you receive them. This period of loan may be extended on application to the Librarian, provided that the items are not required by other members.
  • Postage: Postage must be paid both ways by the borrower. Do not send any money when making requests but note the amount from the stamps used on the wrapping and enclose either stamps (preferably) or a remittance for the same amount when you return the items.
  • Return: Please return the books securely wrapped against the hazards of the post in the original packing - if re-usable - or in padded envelopes or other padded wrapping materials.

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Audio-Visual

Please send your requests for audio-visual items and information to:

Geoffrey Wheeler, 195 Gloucester Place, London NW1 6BU.
+44 (0)20 7724 5842

This section of the Library contains audio and video tapes and DVDs of radio and television programmes, films, recorded lectures and music. It is provided for the benefit of all members of the Society, non-members may be allowed to use the collection at the discretion of the Librarian, on payment of a small fee.

There are separate catalogues for audio tapes and for video tapes, and in each catalogue the items are listed in chronological order grouped under headings as follows: Audio tapes – broadcasts from radio and television programmes; lectures and symposia; drama which is divided into Shakespearean and Modern; and music. Video tapes and DVDs – television programmes; and drama which is divided into Shakespearean and Modern. [When searching the catalogues, if the magnifying or binocular symbols do not appear on your screen, press Ctrl-F to bring up a 'search' box.]

Terms & Conditions of lending:

  • The Library is provided for the benefit of all members of the Society.
  • How: When ordering, please provide your full name, address and postcode in block capitals (a telephone number is useful in case of queries), and also the full title and year of the item(s) you wish to borrow;
  • Choice: As duplicates exist only for the more popular A-V items, please give an alternative choice where possible, and if you need the items for a specific date such as a branch/group meeting, reserve them in good time before the meeting;
  • Themes: Compilation tapes on particular themes or topics can be prepared. This service requires plenty of advance notice.
  • Duration: A-V Items can be kept for up to two weeks (UK and Europe), and up to a month (all other places), but loans can be extended on request if the items on loan are not required by other members.
  • Care: Take care of the A-V items supplied. Protect them from dust, heat and humidity, strong magnetic fields etc. You will be asked to bear the cost of replacement of lost or damaged items.
  • Purchasing: Where possible, tapes can also be duplicated from the originals for members to purchase. Ask for a quote, which will depend on the amount of work involved.
  • Postage: Postage must be paid both ways by the borrower. Do not send any money when making requests but note the amount from the stamps used on the wrapping and enclose either stamps (preferably) or a remittance for the same amount when you return the items.
  • Return: Please return the A-V items securely wrapped against the hazards of the post in the original packing - if re-usable - or in padded envelopes or other padded wrapping materials.
  • Copyright: A-V items are supplied for private use only, i.e. for individual Society members, or for private meetings of Society branches or groups. They must not be used for any other kind of public performance.

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