Inside the Michael Butterworth Archive

Today’s post has been written by David Brittain, Senior Lecturer in Media at  Manchester School of Art. David has recently curated an exhibition drawing on the archive of Manchester-based author, poet and editor Michael Butterworth, which is currently on display in All Saints Library.
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Constructing a Narrative

Today’s post has been written by artist, curator and writer Jo Manby. Over the past few months, Jo has worked in collaboration with artist Gary James Williams and our curator, Stephanie Boydell, to research and develop a new exhibition for our Spotlight Gallery.
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Victorian TripAdvisor

Today’s post has been written by John and Lucia, two second year students studying History at Manchester Metropolitan University. As part of the History in Public unit, John and Lucia have spent the past few months researching a number of albums and travel journals from our collections.  They have done a great job and the exhibition they curated is on display in our Spotlight Gallery until 26 April. Here they share what they have learnt about travel and holidays in the 19th century:
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Will Mellor Arts and Crafts Book Artist

For anyone who missed our exhibition earlier this year on Will Mellor, the Arts and Crafts book artist, there’s another chance to see it at Manchester’s Central Library. The exhibition runs until 31 January 2018  and can be found in Archives+ on the ground floor of the Library and in the Wolfson Reading Room on the first floor. The Library is open Monday – Thursday 9.00am-8.00pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9.00am-5.00pm.

The Brown Betty Teapot: re-imagined for the 21st century

The Brown Betty teapot was once in its produced in its millions but in recent decades has been overlooked. The ceramic artist Ian McIntyre is hoping to change this by re-imagining the design of the teapot for the 21st century. McIntyre, who studied 3D Design at Manchester School of Art, is currently undertaking a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the School of Art, York Art Gallery and the British Ceramics Biennial.

His research focuses on how to refine the design of the Brown Betty teapot and create a new version that reinstates the best elements of the original design.  He is also researching the history of red earthenware production in Stoke-on-Trent and is working with Cauldron Ceramics, producers of the Brown Betty.

McIntyre has made use of the Trade Catalogue Collection, held at All Saints Library, to source original images of the Brown Betty for his research. A selection of Trade Catalogues is on display in our Spotlight Gallery on the ground floor of All Saints Library until 20 October 2017. Read more about the collection here.

The teapot will be launched at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent, which runs from 23 September – 5 November 2017,  and currently graces the cover of the latest edition of the Crafts Council’s Crafts magazine.