The collection currently contains: Almost 3000 volumes of manuscript diaries written by more than 130 individuals, running from 1735 to 2013. Around 2000 volumes of published diaries, including fiction and non-fiction, and including a number of guides and anthologies.
Dear Diaroid Lover, The image of the new beautiful diary we have received is only half of it! The diary dates to 1754. It contains a list of remedies, including one, written in ironically faded ink, ‘To Recover the Ink of Old Deeds’: Take five or six galls finely powdered and pat them into a pint of Mountain Wine, & let them stand together three or four days in an appothecary’s [sic] sand heat to digest. Strike the dull part of the writing over with a plain pencil dipd [sic] in the liquor and it will recover them. Just to [...]