Constructing a Narrative

Today’s post has been written by artist, curator and writer Jo Manby. Over the past few months, Jo has worked in collaboration with artist Gary James Williams and our curator, Stephanie Boydell, to research and develop a new exhibition for our Spotlight Gallery.
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Victorian TripAdvisor

Today’s post has been written by John and Lucia, two second year students studying History at Manchester Metropolitan University. As part of the History in Public unit, John and Lucia have spent the past few months researching a number of albums and travel journals from our collections.  They have done a great job and the exhibition they curated is on display in our Spotlight Gallery until 26 April. Here they share what they have learnt about travel and holidays in the 19th century:
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Students explore the Avant-garde

Undergraduates studying Art History and Art History and Curating at the Manchester School of Art have curated an exhibition currently on display on the ground floor of All Saints Library at Manchester Met’s city centre campus. They were asked to consider notions of the Avant-garde and curate an exhibition using artefacts from Special Collections, with the support of our Curator, Stephanie Boydell.


All of the works in the three displays have a relationship with the Avant-garde, whether that be responding to the origins of the phrase – the vanguard of an army; associated artist manifestos and printed materials promoting radical social reform; or in reflecting the principles of innovation and experimentation through advances in technology.

The exhibition continues until 10 March 2017.

Edith’s Scrap Book

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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