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
Essential repairs are taking place in Special Collections over the next few weeks and our new exhibition will now open on 24 June.
The Reading Room remains open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and on the following Saturdays from 12noon-4pm: 18 May, 8 and 15 June. Visitors will need to press the Reading Room buzzer to gain entry.
The gallery will re-open on Monday 24 June.
Image: Detail from an advertisement published by William Marples and Sons, Sheffield, 1888, held in the Trade Catalogue Collection at Special Collections.
Today’s post has been written by Sarah Hardstaff, guest editor of the Consuming Children edition of the online journal FEAST. Sarah will chair our forthcoming event discussing food in children’s literature, and here she outlines the papers featured in Consuming Children. Continue reading
Manchester Met colleagues Gavin Parry and Dave Penny (both Senior Lecturers in Photography) have kindly donated archival material relating to the production and publication of their 2011 book Anatomy of an Institution: a photographic portrait of MMU. Using a Victorian studio camera, Gavin and Dave photographed a range of Manchester Met staff including technicians, cleaners, management and academic staff to create a visual portrait of the institution.
The archive includes prints, negatives and administrative material created during the production of the book and records the history of this creative process whilst also helping to facilitate further publication and research activity within Gavin and Dave’s ongoing series of ‘Anatomy Projects’.