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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Aldgate library display


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Film posters galore!

Monday 28th of January sees  a talk at the BFI Reuben library about film posters and whether they inspire watching films. There will be a slideshow to explore examples of fantastic film posters, from classics to obscurities, presented by BFI Curatorial Archivist Nigel Arthur and Ewa Reeves, who are co-authors of  the book 77 Posters/ 77 Plakatow.

Reuben Library BFI, 28th January 18:30 £6.50

How about some spectacular hand painted film posters?

Currently on display at SOAS’ (University of London) Brunei Gallery is an extraordinary exhibition of Ghanaian film posters. These were hand painted onto sacks or canvas by highly skilled artists to advertise new releases to film goers, before the digital age took over.

African Gaze: Hollywood; Bollywood and Nollywood film posters from Ghana is on at the Brunei Gallery until 23rd of March.

London Met Libraries Resources

London Met staff and students have access to BFI screenonline, an online encyclopedia devoted to British film and television. Here you can find information about such things as graphic style in promoting films, and much more about the history of tv and film in Britain. Audio and video material can only be viewed within the University.

Bridgeman Education, an online image database (available via the library catalogue with your London Met login), has over a million images available to search and download, including thousands of film posters. Remember to check the copyright status of the images before use (the library license allows educational use for staff and students).

And if you still need more, there is also VADS, (Visual Arts Data Service)  a visual arts database which has a collection of over 100,000 images, including many film posters.



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Objects of Dissent talk and Resistance publication

If your New Year Resolution is to take more interest in political protests and their history, then there are a couple of events in the next few days that might be for you:

Saturday 12th January, Conway Hall, WC1R 4RL  (in association with the Serpentine Gallery)

ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre Publication Workshop Launch

An Afternoon of activity and discussion to launch the new ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre Publication, focusing on the power of language and education as a force for social justice. The publication is the result of a 3 year research project by ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) practitioners and Participatory Theatre practitioners, exploring how to implement Theatre of The Oppressed in the ESOL classroom. The publication shares the experiences and learning of this project, and participants on the day will have a chance to try out different exercises from the publication, as well as demonstrations and discussions.   More information here.

Monday 14th January, Architecture Association (AA) Lecture Hall  18:30

Objects of Dissent (AA Collections talk)

“From the alternative urbanism of Street farmers to the campaign for Covent Garden, the AA has a long history of anti-establishment cultural activity. This panel will discuss the meaning and influence of protest objects within a wider cultural framework, bringing the discussion up to what it means to collect today.”

One of the panel is Thomas Hockenhull, British Museum curator, who co-curated their current exhibition ‘I Object : Ian Hislop’s search for dissent’, which you can also still see until 20th January at the British Museum.

Previous related posts:

Art For Change

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Christmas Greetings library style!

Christmas Greetings from Aldgate Library where we have been getting creative with our Christmas Trees! As well as the traditional tree, we have joined many libraries round the world creating amazing book trees! Our effort is made from withdrawn bound journals, and looks wonderful in our business and law journals lounge on the ground floor.

As we are also lucky enough to have a fantastic Materials & Products Collection in Aldgate Library , so we also have a lovely tree made from M & P samples to help advertise the diverse collection of samples available.

M & P samples tree

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Sun in December

We are certainly in need of some sun this December as the dark damp days continue, so we have put up a display in Aldgate library  celebrating our source of energy, warmth, light and life itself!

The Science museum currently has an exhibition on until May, ‘The Sun: Living With Our Star’, exploring our relationship with the sun and the many fascinating objects and images associated with it. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, there are many resources and information on their website here.

The Sustainability team at London Met are focussing on energy for December, and there will be a pop up Sustainability stall giving out advice about reducing energy consumption and the Switch Off campaign on Monday 10th December 12-2pm at The Junction, Holloway Road.




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All things map

Currently on at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, is an exhibition celebrating Max Gill and his extraordinary maps among many other art works.

There is a talk coming up this Tuesday 4th December at the St Brides Foundation, as part of ‘Type Tuesday’, in association with graphic design publication Eye Magazine,  (also available in Aldgate Library) discussing this exhibition and other map making wonders.

On the panel will be Artist/Illustrator Adam Dant, along with Caroline Walker, co-curator of the exhibition, as well as being Max Gills great niece.

Adam Dant meticulously illustrates alternative maps of London sites, among other things, and currently has an exhibition on at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green.

Read a post about Dant on the Spitalfields Life blog here .

In other map news,  the University of Chicago Press have collated together a library of  early maps titled  ‘The History of Cartography’, featuring many rare and unusual maps from around the world, of which several volumes are available for download for free. Read a post about the archive on My Modern Met blog here.

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Previous post about the University of Chicago Press History of Cartography

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Information Visualised display at Commercial Road Library

Architecture Ordnance Survey and Historic maps from Digimap

Maps, Art & Mapping at Commercial Road Library

New Zealand- Her Natural and Industrial Resources by MacDonald (Max) Gill © IWM (Art.IWM PST 16816)



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Artist’s Books fairs and symposium

There are a few Artist’s Books related events coming up over the next couple of weeks:

Artists Who Make Books symposium:

Stella Maris Centre Wexford, Ireland, 30 November – 2nd December



Artist Books & Publications by Independent Publishers

Sunday 2 December 11am–5pm at the London Centre for Book Arts


Artists Self-Publishers fair

Sunday 9th December at the ICA


With a series of talks the day before exploring self-publishing

And don’t forget you can visit the London Met Libraries Artists Book Collection in the Special Collections during opening hours of the Reading Room.


Some of the Artists Books in the London Met Libraries collection




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Open House London Review

Did you visit any of buildings for Open House London weekend back in September? London truly has some unique and remarkable architecture, reflected in the growing popularity of this event.

You can read a report all about it on the Open City website, where you can find out information such as which was the most visited site (interestingly the historic side coming out most popular), and borough specific information.

A full report is available for download at the bottom of this page, which gives information about everything from marketing campaigns to audience analysis.

Open House has expanded to other cities across the world, so you can experience the architecture of cities from Mexico City to New York, Gdansk and Porto. See the list of participating cities on the Open House Worldwide website.


image via pixabay

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Interior Design Student Exhibition in Aldgate Library

2nd year Interior Design students were busy in Aldgate library yesterday installing an exhibition in the Library Lounge area. It is part of a project involving postcards and postcard-sized images printed on photographic paper, which are suspended from the staircase structure by lengths of nylon. The theme of the installation is identity, and the images were chosen by each student to provide ideas around and representations of identity in all its multiplicities.




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Artists in Residence in Libraries




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South London Gallery Archive

The South London Gallery recently opened its second venue in the Former Peckham Road Fire Station, and as part of the re-development have improved access to their archives. There are a series of Open Archive sessions, where you can drop in and meet the archivist and find out more about researching the history of the gallery and the neighbourhood of Camberwell and Peckham.

The Archive room features changing displays using material from the archives and other sources about the history of the gallery and the local area.

As well as this much of their archive is now available digitally from the archive catalogue, where you search for images of past exhibitions, the gallery history and other documents.

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