Tales from the Reading Room – Episode 33

The view out of the Reading Room window on our snowy Saturday!

The view out of the Reading Room window on our snowy Saturday!

This week’s tale is a rather lonely cry from a Reading Room Services Assistant who trudged through the snow and opened the Reading Room as usual all on her own… Well I may be exaggerating slightly for dramatic effect, but it is a particularly quiet Saturday morning in the Reading Room due to the weather conditions and as the only member of staff able to come in I did not know whether I would be spending a solitary few hours here! However, about twenty minutes into my shift one intrepid reader did make it through the door, Cheryl from Ontario in Canada came to look at production materials for 2005′s Believe What You Will. She was interested in the photographs for the production and particularly excited by the prompt book which was one of the neatest she had ever seen! Discovering that we have a recording of the production was the icing on the cake and it shows that being able to be available for just one reader can make all the difference to that person’s work!

Cheryl Dudgeon who made it here through the snow from London this morning!

Cheryl Dudgeon who made it here through the snow from London this morning!

The rest of the week has been rather busy with readers looking at items such as our large 1610 borough charter, documents relating to the flower family, various RSC production materials and many more! We also had a group of German students using our books in the Reading Room.

As more visitors start coming to Stratford for the new season, let’s hope the weather improves for them!

  • Mairi

    It’s so true – one grateful reader makes everything worth while.

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