What’s Your Type?

In commemoration of the current exhibition Writing Making Your Mark at the British Library, we have put together a display of font and typeface related books at Aldgate Library, including a selection of artists who use text in their practice.

If you are lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket, there is a talk on designing typefaces at the British Library tonight (Friday), as part of the programme of events accompanying the exhibition. On June 10th there is half a day of talks and discussions about Word Houses: Dictionaries, Archives, Libraries and Beyond… including a discussion on artists’ books and much more.

More type/writing/language-related exhibitions,  museums and archives include:

The Type Archive in Stockwell London, holds the national typefounding collection.

Bodlian Library Oxford Babel: Adventures in Translation exhibition exploring the quest for a universal language (on until June 2nd so hurry!)

The National Library of Wales Inventor of Britain The Life and Legacy of Humphrey Llwyd celebrating the contribution to Welsh writing and culture by Humphrey Llwyd, on until 29th of June.

The Lettering Arts Centre Suffolk is a charity  dedicated to fostering an age-old craft of lettering. They have a programme of exhibitions and workshops about lettering from calligraphy to inscribing and letterpress.

Calligraphy and Lettering at the Crafts Study Centre Farnham (part of University of The Creative Arts)

Illuminated Manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, part of their permanent collection.

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft permanent collection, including work by Edward Johnston.

 

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Typography display at Aldgate Library, images © London Met

 

 

 

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CASS Summer Shows 2019

As previously announced, students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.

From 24 to 31 May, the School’s foundation year students will exhibit their work on the third floor Calcutta House, with a launch event on the opening day from 5pm. In addition, January-start foundation students will exhibit from Thursday 1 August at 5pm until Saturday the 3 August at 7pm.

Students from all art, architecture and design courses will exhibit their work at the main Cass Summer Show from 20 to 30 June, with a private view on 19 June from 3pm to 9pm. The annual Summer Show private view event is the biggest in the University calendar, regularly attracting 2,000 people on opening night to celebrate the success of our graduating students.

The Cass Summer Show20 June – 30 June 2019, (Private view, 19 June)
Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday 11am to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 6pm
Venue Calcutta House, Old Castle St, London E1 7NT
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Book of Kells now online

Did you know the Irish national treasure and one of the worlds finest examples of Medieval illuminated manuscripts, the Book of Kells, can now be viewed online? Thanks to a huge digitisation project by Trinity College Library, Dublin, the entire manuscript (680 pages of) can now be viewed on the library’s Digital Collections Repository. The quality of the pages and the scans are superb, allowing you to zoom in on the finest details.

‘The Book of Kells is an ornately illustrated manuscript of the four Gospels with several historic records and a limited glossary of Hebrew names. The book was translated from Jerome’s Latin Bible and named after the Columban monastery of Kells in County Meath, Ireland. Tradition holds that the work was begun on Iona, Scotland, to honor Columba (d. 597). After a violent Viking raid in 802, the Celtic monks fled to Kells and took the manuscript with them, where it was completed.’ (from from The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization via Credo Reference)

There are many other items to explore in the library’s digital collection as well, have a browse here.

Article of My Modern Met about the digitisation of the Book of Kells

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Image from the Book of Kells


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Adore Dior

With the record breaking Christian Dior exhibition currently wowing V & A visitors, (all sold out for its entire run!) we thought we would pay homage with a display of some of our Dior items in Aldgate Library, which has proved very popular!

As well as some books, the display includes some copies of Vogue from our back catalogue. Print issues go back to 2007 (sadly our older copies were damaged in a fire some years ago) but staff and students at London Met can access earlier issues by searching ‘Vogue Archive’ in the library catalogue  and logging in with your username and password. We have printed out some covers of Vogue through the ages which feature Dior clothes, make up or accessories, which are also in the display.

Don’t forget you can follow London Met Libraries on twitter/instagram @londonmetlib.

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Christian Dior display in Aldgate LIbrary, photo © London Met

Vogue Archive display Aldgate library photo © London Met

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Wallpaper

I came across this great article on the BBC culture site about the history of wallpaper – did you know it used to be an offence punishable by death to forge wallpaper in England? And how did people allegedly die by wallpaper? Have a read and find out!

Unfortunately the event at the V&A it was associated with has passed, but it seemed a good excuse to remind, or inform, you all that London Met Special Collections has a selection of wallpaper samples that can be viewed in the Reading Room, (you are advised to contact them beforehand as they would need to be bought up from the store. External visitors would need to make an appointment ). Information on visiting the Special Collections is here. There are some beautiful samples of William Morris designs hand printed by Sanderson, and if you want to get up close and personal with some seventies/early eighties embossed wall coverings, there is a whole big book of them by Crown Relief Decorations.

As well as the actual wallpaper samples, there are many books that are old, unique or rare on art and craft subjects relating to the history of the CASS in the Special Collections. This includes design and interiors, such as a 1910 edition of ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ by Owen Jones, some pages of which are depicted below.

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (Moda) at Middlesex University, also holds a large collection of wallpapers, dating from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Viewing is by appointment only, please contact them before visiting. You can view some of their collection online via their catalogue. There is also the V&A, which has an abundance of information on wallpaper here.

And don’t forget the Materials and Products Collection, on the third floor of Aldgate Library, where you can browse material samples of products including more current wallpaper designs!

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Pages from ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ by Owen Jones. Photos © London Met

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Plastic Population

It has been Green Week all this week at London Metropolitan University, with many events going on, including visiting our bees (at Holloway Road campus), introduction of coffee cup recycling points and charity pop up stalls amongst many more!

For our part at Aldgate library we have put together a display about plastics, including books on plastic recycling, as well as plastic objects that are considered antiques. Did you know Roland Barthes had written an essay about plastic in the 1950s? You can read it in ‘Mythologies’.

As well as books, the display features items from our Materials & Products Collection, including materials made from recycled plastic or alternatives to plastics. Much more is available in the M&P room on the 3rd floor of Aldgate Library!

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Green Week Display at Aldgate Library image © London Met

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Transnational Comics Symposium

London College of Communication are hosting a symposium ‘ Crossing Borders, Boundaries, and Cultures: Studies in Transnational Comics’ which broadly engages with issues of comics and transnational exchange. Papers presented will consider how comics can cross national and cultural boundaries in a variety of contexts. Topics of discussion include the local/global production and circulation of comics, issues of language and translation, and nationalism and identity.

The symposium is on Wednesday 6th of March 09:30- 20:30

London College of Communication is part of University of the Arts, London, and hosts part of its special collections and archives in the Archives and Special Collections Centre, which includes a comic collection. The centre is open to researchers, information on visiting can be found here.

Other archives related to comics include:

The British Cartoon Archive, part of The University of Kent in Canterbury

The Cartoon Museum Library (closed and due to open at new premises soon at time of writing)

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Image by aitoff on Pixabay

 

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LGBTQAI+ History Month Display

As part of the celebrations all this month at London Met for LGBTQAI+ History Month, we have put a display up in Aldgate library featuring some of our relevant titles.

The TUC (Trades Union Congress) Library (part of our Special Collections) also features pamphlets, publications and books on LGBT rights and equality, see a list here. Information about accessing the Special Collections is here.

Useful resources outside London Met

Did you know the Bishopsgate Institute Library, which is just around the corner from our Aldgate campus, has  a prominent LGBTQ History and Alternative Sexuality Collection?  Bishopsgate library is free and accessible by all, although you may have to complete a registration form on your first visit.

L.S.E. (London School of Economics) Libraries hold the Hall-Carpenter Collection, and other LGBT materials. As a student at London Met you are entitled to join the SCONUL Access scheme which allows access to other University libraries within the scheme (and sometimes to borrow items depending which band you fall under), but you should always check with the library you want to visit what their requirements are.

There is also a blog on the National Archives website which gives information about searching for records of Sexuality and gender identity history, and list further places and books to read.

London Metropolitan Archives leaflet on LGBT archives

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Aldgate library display, photo © London Met

 

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Bauhaus 100

2019 sees the centenary of the visionary art school, The Bauhaus, which opened in 1919. As Cass lecturer Patrick Brill (AKA Bob and Roberta Smith, who teaches Fine Art here), once described the Cass as the ‘Aldgate Bauhaus’, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass for a display of some of our collection of Bauhaus books at Aldgate library!

‘The Bauhaus in Germany (1919-1933) was one of the most influential art and design schools of the twentieth century. Founded just after the end of World War I, on April 1, 1919, in the city of Weimar, its modernist approach, including the teaching of the hence unknown abstract art and the new architecture, caused so much controversy that various factions including artisans, Weimar artists, and emerging rightWing groups forced the Bauhaus from the city just a few years later. In 1925 it moved to Dessau and seven years later to Berlin, where the National Socialists initiated its final closure in 1933. Its radical and controversial impact was due to the fact that it was the only art school at the time that taught exclusively modernist art such as abstract painting, design, and architecture. Its three directors were the architects Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, and Mies van der Rohe. Among its masters were eminent modernist artists such as Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Anni and Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, Marianne Brandt, and Gunta Stölzl.’ Baumhoff, A. (2011). The Bauhaus School. In A.J. Andrea, World history encyclopedia. [Online]. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Available from: http://0search.credoreference.com.emu.londonmet.ac.uk/content/entry/abccliow/the_bauhaus_school/0?institutionId=5061 [Accessed 1 February 2019]

Bauhaus100.com, website dedicated to the centenary and events happening throughout 2019

Independent article on best places around the world to explore the Bauhaus style

List of books available in London Met Libraries on the Bauhaus, including ebooks

BBC feature and photographs of Bauhaus buildings

Access bob: tv and radio for education to explore past programmes from freeview channels (access through the library catalogue)

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Bauhaus display at Aldgate Library. Image © London Met

 

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Censorship

This weekend will be your last chance to catch the Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50 exhibition at the V&A, as well as our library display at Aldgate Library on the topic.

2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the end of state censorship on British Theatre  (Theatres’ Act 1968, from Credo Reference via the library catalogue), and the V&A exhibition explores the impact of this abolition, as well as questioning how free we really are in what can be staged.

There are many more books available on the topic of censorship at Holloway Road library, and also many e-books too. See a list here.

See also:

Index on Censorship website

Banned Books Week

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