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

And the winner is…

"Love You More" record sleeve - back, designed by Malcolm Garret, 1978

“Love You More” record sleeve – back, designed by Malcolm Garret, 1978

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in our poll for A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects.

The votes have been counted and the winner is the Buzzcocks “Love you More” record sleeve  designed by Malcolm Garrett in 1978.

Now we wait to find out if we make it onto Lancashire Life magazine’s shortlist of objects selected from museums and heritage sites across Lancashire.
Fingers crossed!

Take part in ‘A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects’

Next year marks 70 years since the publication of the first Lancashire Life magazine. To celebrate this anniversary, museums, galleries and heritage venues across Lancashire have been invited to participate in a special project called A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects.  We want you to help us to select one object from our collections that tells something of Lancashire’s long and fascinating story. You can read more about our shortlisted objects below. From all the stories and objects submitted, the final list of 70 objects will be revealed in Lancashire Life next year.
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Fairhurst merit card

The exhibition ‘We built this city’, currently on display in our gallery, includes plans and drawings of some of the buildings designed by the company established by the eminent Manchester architect, Sir Harry S. Fairhurst.  Fairhurst established Harry S. Fairhurst & Son in Manchester in 1901, in partnership with James Harold France. The practice went on to design some of Manchester’s great warehouse buildings including Bridgewater House and India House as well as major buildings such as Arkwright House and Lee House. Fairhurst was the President of the Manchester Society of Architects from 1926 – 1928.
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A New Manchester Alphabet has arrived!

Illustration for P for Picture Gallery by Roger Oldham, 1906

Illustration for P for Picture Gallery by Roger Oldham, 1906

For the past 18 months, we’ve been working on a very special project with staff and students from The Manchester Writing School and the Manchester School of Art.

The idea for the project began when our Education and Outreach Officer, Louise Clennell,  was researching the Manchester Society of Architects Library, held at MMU Special Collections, and came across a small booklet called ‘A Manchester Alphabet’.
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