Everything including the kitchen sink: the Trade Catalogue Collection

In his account of the history of the Manchester School of Art, A Hundred Years and More, David Jeremiah refers to the formation of a library which “was to become one of the country’s finest art and design libraries” and goes on to note its collection of trade catalogues for which it “has gained a national reputation”. Continue reading

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Will Mellor: Arts and Crafts book artist


Will Mellor (1885-1966) was apprenticed as a bookbinder and studied at the Manchester School of Art between 1903 and 1909. He excelled in book design and illustration, calligraphy and fine bookbinding, winning many School awards, as well as national prizes and free scholarships. His work was noted and illustrated in the leading art and design magazines of the day.

A beautiful exhibition of books by Mellor has opened today in our Spotlight Gallery on the ground floor of All Saints Library. Continue reading

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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