Trinity Hall invites you to Colour our Collections

Woodcut image of group of people at a theatre
Image: Detail of Terence, Therence En Francois : Prose Et Rime Auecques Le Latin. (Paris: Anthoine Vérard, 1499.)

Trinity Hall is delighted to be taking part for the second year in a row, in an international week-long (1-5 February) initiative to raise awareness and engagement with rare books and special collections. It is known as Color Our Collections and has been run by the library of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) since 2016.

#ColorOurCollections offers free downloadable colouring books by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world, which are perfect for all ages. You will find a huge variety of colouring books at ColorOurCollections.org ranging from national libraries to small-scale specialist museums. Whether you like botany or beasts, motorcycles or medicine, there will be a colouring book to fire your imagination.

Participants can share photos of their colouring on social media using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections (an American initiative, hence the ‘color’). You can be as creative as you dare! So get colouring in and share your creations with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and tag us #TrinityHallOldLibrary.

Research suggests colouring can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance mindfulness – something we all need during the current lockdown.

Trinity Hall’s 2021 colouring book features an interesting range of characters and historical figures from Adam and Eve to Richard the Lionheart, which we hope you’ll enjoy.

Download it here to get colouring

Our colouring book from 2020 is also available. It contains a mixture of places, animals and plants and is worth downloading for the resplendent cat alone.