Time to vote!

With the election fast approaching, we have put up a display in Aldgate library tying in Art and Politics (a vast subject!).

Did you know Parliament has its own art collection?  It is jointly owned by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Some of the art works can be seen during tours of Parliament, however some are in areas not accessible to the public, but can be viewed in virtual tours on the website.  There are also some online exhibitions, including one on Elections & Voting, which has some information about ‘New Dawn’ a contemporary sculpture by Mary Branson commemorating the long campaign that led to some women getting the vote in 1918, and all women in 1928.

The People’s History Museum in Manchester  is the national museum of democracy, and you can find more information and objects related to voting here. Many objects can be found online, by searching their online collection, for example a quick keyword search under ‘democracy’ brings up over 230 items to explore, including political tokens, photographs, badges, leaflets and more.

Not forgetting of course, our own TUC (Trades Union Congress) Library, part of the Special Collections, which is the major research library for the study of trade unions, collective bargaining and labour history.

Art and Politics display at Aldgate Library












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Sound archives and exhibitions

South London Gallery: Her Noise

Currently on display at the South London Gallery is a selection of items from the ‘Her Noise’ archive, which is held at London College of Communication as part of their Archives and Special Collections. Her Noise is an investigation into music and sound histories in relation to gender, initiated by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset in 2001. In 2005 they curated a show which included international artists who used sound, part of which took place at the South London Gallery.

More information about the exhibition here.

Whitechapel Gallery: Sense Sound/Sound Sense

The Whitechapel Gallery’s Archive space is currently showing an exhibition of how artists in the Fluxus movement used music and sound. The items from this display are from the Luigi Bonotto collection in Italy, a vast collection of documents and artworks from the Fluxus movement and more. Much of it can be viewed online, so is worth exploring itself.

Other Useful archives

British Library Sounds

BBC Sound Effects Archive

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay







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Bummock- Artists in Archives

Bummock refers to the unseen part of an Iceberg, and artists Andrew Bracey Danica Maier and Lucy Renton have been rummaging, exploring and making in unseen parts of the Lace Archive, Nottingham over the last couple of years. This is part of a wider project to create artistic responses to unseen parts of archives, which you can read about here.

The resulting artworks are on display at the Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall, part of Goldsmiths University of London, alongside items chosen by the artists from the Goldsmiths Textiles Collections.

The opening reception is tonight (Friday 22nd November) 5-8pm, and will feature a live clarinet performance, and the opportunity to buy the corresponding publication at a discounted rate.

Before that, from 4-5 pm, the three artists will  discuss their project.

Further information about the exhibition is here.

If Lace is your things, Aldgate library holds copies of ‘Lace: the magazine and newsletter of the Lace Guild’  from 1970-2017.

Lace journal in Aldgate Library

















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Youth Culture

To coincide with the launch of an online archive of over 16000 images of youth culture by the Museum of Youth Culture in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, we have put together a display in Aldgate Library on this subject, using items from the libraries collections.

You can also search Bridgeman Education through the library catalogue for images of many subjects, including youth culture.

Youth Culture Display Aldgate Library










Other useful links

Submit your own images to the Museum of Youth Culture

Saatchi Gallery Rave exhibition

Guardian article on artists and clubbing

UCLA Punk Archive

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Creating timelines

Some time ago we posted an article on creating online timelines using a tool called Dipty, which allowed you to create, embed and share free image, video and audio timelines online. This was a very useful tool for teaching and students projects. It has since come to our attention that despite millions of users, this tool no longer exists. However, this article lists some alternatives, and discusses the reasons why Dipty is no more. Thank you to the author for getting in touch and providing such a useful list.

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Zine collections

As July is International Zine Month, it’s the perfect time to mention that the Tate Library is about to launch its zine collection, with a special event on Friday August 2nd, 12 -2pm. The Tate Library has been collecting zines for some time, as part of it’s artists’ book  collection, but it  is now being launched as its own distinct collection, to help raise the profile of these mostly self published documents. Everyone is welcome to the launch, which will include a show and tell introducing the collection, and a talk from zine artist Soofiya.

According to the British Library, which also have an extensive zine collection, zines (short for fanzine) ‘..were a form of independent personal publishing before the existence of websites, weblogs and myspace. Zines are not reliant on any publisher or mainstream distributor, not motivated by profit and not filtered through an editorial or regulatory board. In fact zines are less regulated and censored than many of their digital counterparts and are therefore an ideal space for free, uninhibited expression. Zines can be dedicated to any imaginable point of view, idea, phenomenon or thing.’

Other places with prominent zine collections include:

LCC (University of the Arts)

Glasgow School of Art

The National Poetry Library

List of zine collections on City University blog

See also:

Zine librarians interest group

Our own artists’ book collection and TUC collection in the Special Collection also has some zines. Contact  specialcollections@londonmet.ac.uk for further information.

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a selection of zines. Image by Teknad

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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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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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