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.Continue reading
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.
We’re pleased to announce that the work undertaken by Clare Connolly to catalogue the archive of the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) has now been completed and the catalogue can be searched online. In her last blog post for us, Clare shares what she has learnt about the SWE through its archive.Continue reading
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.
Today’s guest blogpost is written by author Peter Cotgreave. Peter came across our blog three years ago whilst researching Alfred Cotgreave, a Victorian librarian, for a book he was writing. Here, Peter shares the insights he was able to gain about Alfred Cotgreave by looking at an album of library related ephemera held in our collections.Continue reading
Today’s post has been written by Clare Connolly, Archives Cataloguer, who recently joined our team to work on the archive of the Society of Wood Engravers. Clare wrote the article for the August edition of Multiples, the quarterly journal of the Society of Wood Engravers, and we are grateful to them for permission to reproduce the article here.Continue reading
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.
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.
As part of ‘Let the artists in!’, Manchester Writing School and the Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University are excited to have awarded three spaces on a programme for poets who would like to—but have never been—a poet-in-residence.
The successful applicants to this highly competitive application process will take part in a short residency at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. This includes one day of training with Malika Booker (poet and lecturer at the Manchester Writing School) and Louise Clennell (Education & Outreach Officer at Special Collections)—as well as a fee of £500.
At the end of the residency, the poets will respond to materials from Special Collections through either writing an artistic commission or running a creative writing workshop open to the public. The successful applicants are Lydia Hounat, Roma Havers and Merrie Williams, graduate of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Today’s post has been written by our Archives Cataloguer, Clare Connolly. Clare recently joined our team and will predominantly be cataloguing the archive of the Society of Wood Engravers ahead of its centenary next year.Continue reading