International Ambitions

Earlier this year we were awarded a grant by the Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP). The grant enables non-national museums to undertake international visits to develop projects and partnerships. In this post our Curator, Stephanie Boydell,  shares her recent experience of visiting China to develop a touring exhibition on British book illustration. Continue reading

Ensixteen Editions Latest

Mike Nicholson is variously an illustrator, storyboard artist and academic. He is the artist/author of the bio auto graphic series as published by Ensixteen Editions since 2004 from Stoke Newington, North London. There are currently 28 titles in the series, all of which are held within the Artists’ Books Collection at MMU Special Collections. Each title is covered in Nicholson’s Ensixteen Editions blog, along with other activities including recent work on Matt Berry’s ‘Toast of London’ series for Channel 4. Nicholson shares some thoughts on the process of creating his ‘bio auto graphic’ series.
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Conserving our architectural heritage

Our current exhibition, ‘We built this city’, features a number of architectural designs and plans. Some of these works required many weeks of conservation before they could go on display. The team at Special Collections includes a Paper Conservator, Pauline Birtwell, who was responsible for preparing the works on paper for exhibition, including a drawing by Alfred Steinthal from the JH Sellers Archive.
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Valentines Gallery

With Valentines Day just around the corner, we’ve created a mini gallery of images from the Laura Seddon Collection of Valentine Cards which holds hundreds of cards. The images show elaborate fancy cards made using lace paper, flowers and scraps, as well as examples of humorous mock documentary cards in the form of banknotes and telegrams and some examples of rude and vulgar cards known as  ‘Vinegar Valentines’.
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