Love in the Archives

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have collated a selection of love themed material from Special Collections.

Our collection of women’s magazines include many short stories of a romantic nature:










Our small collection of Victorian Sheet Music covers includes this romantic scene.

“T’was there first dawned my early love

And all of joy below

I love to stray at the close of day

In the vale where the blue bells grow”

Love is traditionally seated in the heart, although the heart shape ubiquitous at this time of year bears only passing resemblance to the actual organ.

Valentine’s Day reminds us that Spring is approaching, and as this illustration of the folk song “Come Lasses and Lads” shows, Spring is the time for lovers to dance around the maypole, a suggestive courtship ritual.