Discover more about W. & R. Chambers's ambition to democratise knowledge with the publication of a range of affordable reference and educational works, aimed at a mass readership, including two editions of Chambers’s Encyclopaedia published between 1859 and1892.

Democratising Knowledge

Democratising Knowledge is a Collaborative Doctoral Project between the University of Reading, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication and National Museums Scotland, Department of Science and Technology. The project started in October 2014 and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

W. & R. Chambers woodblock collection

This project explored print and publishing history, and the study of cultural history through unique artefacts, in this case woodblocks and the electrotype and stereotype plates derived from them.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we’re almost ready to welcome visitors back to our museums. We've made some changes to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, including online booking and new safety measures.

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