Welcome to our blog

Welcome to our brand new blog.

Here you’ll be able to find out more about the collections and archives we hold and how they are used. We’ll  introduce you to some of the stars of our collections as well as shining a light on our less well-known holdings; we’ll take you on a journey from our historic roots to our digital present and, hopefully, we’ll surprise, inspire, delight and amuse you along the way.

You’ll hear from the team at Special Collections, each with their own area of expertise, and from a wide variety of guest bloggers all contributing their experiences of Special Collections. We believe our collections have a lot to offer so let us know what you’d like to see and hear about. Maybe you’d like to contribute a post of your own? We’d love to hear about your experiences too, so get in touch using the contact form on the Contact Us page.

Kicking off our blog posts are two former MMU students with experience of working closely with MMU Special Collections. Cat Tucker has recently completed an internship at MMU where she was based within the Equality and Diversity Team. Cat was one of the co-curators of our current exhibition, Are we there yet? 150 years of progress towards equality, and in her post she shares her experiences of being an intern. Robert Parkinson, is a former postgraduate photography student at the Manchester School of Art and
co-founder of Preston is my Paris, a photography based project that encompasses publications, installations, live events, writing and education. In his post, Robert describes how his experience of working with scrap albums from the Sir Harry Page Collection has led to an ongoing engagement with our archives and collections.

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