The Waterman Collection is the result of a legacy left to the Somerville Library by a local resident, Reginald Robert Waterman.
Mr Waterman died in 2017. In his will, he expressed the wish that we should receive his extensive personal library. His collection was so large that we were only able to accept a small number of books. The rest were sold, and the proceeds used to purchase books and DVDs to expand the library resources. In choosing new material, we wanted to honour the spirit of this generous bequest. Therefore, the collection reflects Mr Waterman’s passion for art, literature, history and culture.