Bruce Peel Special Collections Workshops

Bruce Peel Special Collections offers a series of Peel Workshops each term to provide a wide range of hands-on and experiential learning opportunities to those University of Alberta students who are motivated to sign up. We receive far more requests for class visits than we can accommodate, so we came up with the idea of Peel Workshops as an alternative to such class visits. These workshops explore generalized versions of a selection of the topics that we have been teaching for years. The schedule/topics are posted well before the beginning of each term and registration opens on the first day of classes.

Peel Workshop Schedule

BPSC Workshop Registration & Calendar

For First-time Workshop Participants

Bruce Peel Special Collections is home to important collections of rare and sometimes fragile materials. Like researchers and other visitors, Peel Workshop participants are asked to help preserve these materials for future generations. Here is what you need to know before you come to a workshop:

  • No open food or drink should come to the Peel library; to clarify, a wrapped sandwich in a backpack is fine, but a cup of coffee is not!
  • Please be on time. Students who are late may miss important information about proper handling procedures for various types of rare materials, and therefore may not be admitted.
  • You will be required to leave all bags, backpacks, totes, outerwear, etc. in Peel’s secure reception area.
  • Rare materials should be handled only with freshly-washed hands.
  • Rare materials may be photographed on the condition that no flash is used, but instructors may not be photographed or recorded without prior permission.

Advance registration is required and numbers are strictly limited. Workshops are open to University of Alberta students (both graduate and undergraduate), and sometimes to staff, faculty, and others, as indicated. Each individual may sign up for a maximum of two Peel Workshops per term. Those who register and then find that they cannot attend should cancel their registration at least 24 hours in advance.