Weekly Home Hints

Think you know how to sweep a room?  Take a look at this week’s handy household hint and think again.  And you thought getting out the hoover was hard work! This hint is taken from Home Hints for the Modern Housewife,  published in London by Featherstone Press Ltd in the 1940s.  This book is part of our Home Studies Collection which contains over 700 historical cookery and household management books from the last 300 years.

Weekly Home Hints

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Can’t find that pair of scissors?  Here’s an alternative, especially when making button holes!  This handiest of hints is taken from Home Hints for the Modern Housewife,  published in London by Featherstone Press Ltd in the 1940s.  This book is part of our Home Studies Collection which contains over 700 historical cookery and household management books from the last 300 years. Please remember all our hints are taken from bygone times and not to be tried at home!

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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.

Weekly Home Hints

 

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Welcome to Home Hints, our new weekly feature  which highlights useful, and sometimes not so useful,  tips, remedies and handy hints.  Please remember they are taken from bygone times and not to be tried at home!

This week’s hint is a remedy for those unfortunate enough to have swallowed a wasp. It’s taken from Home Hints for the Modern Housewife,  published in London by Featherstone Press Ltd in the 1940s.  This book is part of our Home Studies Collection which contains over 700 historical cookery and household management books from the last 300 years.

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Further Back in Time for Dinner…with the Home Studies Collection

BBC Two is currently airing another series of Back in Time for Dinner, which transports a modern day family to another era, on this occasion to the period spanning 1900 – 1949. The success of such television series, which recreate the day to day lives of people from earlier times, points to an enduring curiosity surrounding the history of domestic life, and an ongoing interest in the food people ate.

We have witnessed a similar level of interest from people who have used our Home Studies Collection, which appeals to everyone from the amateur cook to the social historian. It holds more than 700 books from the last 300 years covering everything from food production, preservation and technology, to home economics, family living and domestic and regional cookery. It includes works by Alexis Soyer, Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin, Elizabeth Raffald, Eliza Acton and Mrs Beeton. Here are a few highlights from the collection…

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