A Victorian Commonplace Book, part 4

Today’s blog post is the final post in a series written by Alex Battersby, a postgraduate student studying History at Manchester Met. As part of her studies, Alex is completing a placement with Special Collections. She has chosen to focus her research on a single album from our collection of scrap albums and commonplace books and today she explores hobbies and pastimes in the Victorian era.

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A Victorian Commonplace Book part 3

Today’s blog post is the third in a series of posts written by Alex Battersby, a postgraduate student studying History at Manchester Met. As part of her studies, Alex is completing a placement with Special Collections. She has chosen to focus her research on a single album from our collection of scrap albums and commonplace books and today she explores a new age of leisure in the Victorian era.

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A Victorian Commonplace Book, part 2

Today’s blog post is the second in a series of posts written by Alex Battersby, a postgraduate student studying History at Manchester Met. As part of her studies, Alex is completing a placement with Special Collections. She has chosen to focus her research on a single album from our collection of scrap albums and commonplace books and today she explores life and love in the Victorian era.

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A Victorian Commonplace Book, part 1

Today’s blog post has been written by Alex Battersby, a postgraduate student studying History at Manchester Met. As part of her studies, Alex is completing a placement with Special Collections. She has chosen to focus her research on a single item from our collection of scrap albums and commonplace books. This is the first in a series of four blog posts in which Alex will explore a Victorian commonplace book in depth, revealing its insights into popular culture of the Victorian era and how it relates to contemporary popular culture.

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#CuriousThings Part I

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Mail Art call out and sent in your Curious Things lettercard. We’ll be adding images of the lettercards to the blog between now and 3 April, when the exhibition closes, so there’s still plenty of time to get creative and post your lettercards to us. You can pick up a blank lettercard from the making area at the entrance to the Curious Things exhibition.

Brown Betty teapot

The V & A Museum in London have created a lovely five minute film explaining the design process and heritage behind Ian McIntyre’s re-imagined Brown Betty Teapot, which features in the exhibition Food: Bigger than the Plate, on display at the V & A until Sunday 20 October 2019. McIntyre, who is undertaking a PhD at the Manchester School of Art, used trade catalogues from our collection as part of his research and we acquired his teapot for our New Materials and Processes Collection in 2017.

Knitted Horse Firework

We have recently acquired Knitted Horse Firework by Sam Meech, Lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art. The piece is a knitted animation loop, consisting of 4878 rows of 28 stitches and based on Eadweard Muybridge’s Horse in Motion photographs (1878).

Sam Meech is an artist and videosmith working with people, projectors and machine knitting. His work includes large scale knitted data visualisations, public realm animations, community cinema installations and projection design for theatre. He has worked with a range of organisations including the National Film-board of Canada, Open Data Institute, Royal Opera House, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, and Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester. He is also member of Rogue Studios, Manchester, as well as a co-director of Re-Dock, an artist collective that creates opportunities for collaborative design and critical discussion around technology with communities.

We have a copy of Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal locomotion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1887, available to view in our Reading Room.

Knitted Horse Firework by Sam Meech, 2013
272 frames, 13 metres length