Harry Butterworth Tea Towel Collection

Today’s post has been written by Rae Hesketh, who graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Art History at Manchester Met in 2020. Rae undertook an internship at the Special Collections Museum from September-November 2021, during which time she worked on a recently acquired collection of tea towels designed by Harry Butterworth.

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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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Update: Society of Wood Engravers Archive

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.

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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.

From blog to book – discovering Alfred Cotgreave

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.

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Society of Wood Engravers Archive

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.

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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.