University Market

1919Loughborough Markets will host a special University Market on campus on Wednesday 27th April, inviting a group of independent traders to sell at the University. This event is part of Something & Son’s Market Town commission Market Lectures, where the University and the market are trading places. The University Market will be followed by two days of Market Lectures in Loughborough’s Market Square.

Something & Son have been playfully exploring the relationship between the two things that Loughborough is most famous for: the day-to-day activity of its markets and its University. These two elements from the town are usually quite separate and the design collective has created a unique installation which brings them together.

A symbolic structure will be constructed which functions as both a market stall and a small lecture theatre and will form the centrepiece of both market and lectures. This structure will be produced by a local welder and can be used as a place for the trade of goods as well as knowledge.

The market is hosted on the Hazelrigg lawn between 9am – 4pm. More information about the market traders can be found via the LU Arts website below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/

Earth Day 2016

earth day 2016As today is International Earth Day, what better time to remind you of the University’s very own Sustainability project and website.

The University is committed to acting in a socially responsible way that maximises its positive impact and minimises its negative impact on society and the communities in which it is based. This is reflected in the University’s strategy Building Excellence which states that “we will embed sustainability and social responsibility into all of our processes, operations and developments” and also “will work closely with local partners to enhance the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the communities and regions in which we reside”.

Why not visit the Sustainability website to find out more?

Earth Day has been celebrated globally since 1970, with the aim of inspiring and motivating people to action over environmental issues. Every year the campaign tackles a new theme, and this year the theme is Trees For the Earth, a plan to plant 7.8 Billion trees by Earth Day 2020 – one tree for every person on the planet!

To find out more about the campaign – and how to participate – visit the Earth Day website below:

http://www.earthday.org/

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Website!

shakespeare by books18To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare two brand new electronic resources have been launched by the BBC and Oxford University Press.

The BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource contains a wealth of Shakespeare material, including all of his plays, poems and sonnets, documentaries, interviews and over a thousand stills of classic Shakespeare productions, as well as entertainment programmes referencing Shakespeare.

Oxford University Press’s Illuminating Shakespeare provides access to Shakespeare resources from the wealth of material published by OUP and explores a new theme every month with specially commissioned videos, articles, and interactive content.

Don’t forget as well that the British Library last week launched their own anniversary exhibition, Shakespeare in Ten Acts.

William Shakespeare portrait copyright Books18, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Database Trial – ProQuest Historical Newspapers

proquestLike to read the news from across the pond? Well, further to our recommendation of the New York Times Archive, we’re currently running a trial of the following US newspaper archives via the ProQuest platform until 13th May 2016.

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Tribune / Herald Tribune
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Boston Globe
  • The Washington Post

For access and further details please visit:

https://trials.proquest.com/trials/trialSummary.action?view=subject&trialBean.token=9NLGQK0SGKQANTJ1XX8E

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn mailto:s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts at the British Library

blThis week the British Library is inviting people to join them on a journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts showcases over 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603 and Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Complementing the exhibition is a new online learning resource, Discovering Literature: Shakespeare. Whether you’re a student, teacher, researcher, or simply a lover of literature, Discovering Literature: Shakespeare will encourage critical thinking and independent learning to enrich your understanding of all-things Shakespeare.

The exhibition runs until September 6th. For more details, visit the link below:

http://www.bl.uk/events/shakespeare-in-ten-acts

The Art of Kevin Shepherd at the Loughborough Town Hall

1479476_853575788086508_8610276523614227285_nA new exhibition with a nature theme by local artist Kevin Shepherd has just opened at the Sock Gallery in the Loughborough Town Hall.

Kevin works from his studio at the Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts on the Staunton Harold estate in Leicestershire. He has been a professional artist for over thirty years and seeks inspiration in the beautiful countryside of Leicestershire and Derbyshire, often taking his camera to capture wildlife in its natural habitat.  Although Kevin’s wildlife paintings are traditional in their subject matter, their composition gives them a contemporary feel.

The exhibition is running until 7th May. The Sock Gallery is an exciting exhibition space within the foyer area of Loughborough Town Hall and is open Mondays – Saturdays 9am-5pm and when the venue is open for shows and events.  Entry to Sock Gallery is free of charge.

British Science Week Resources – Science on BoB

bobAs part of British Science Week we’re to take the opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic science & technology resources you can access at the Library, starting with the very wonderful Box of Broadcasts (or just BoB for short!)

BoB is an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB is available to staff and students of member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license. This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. Unfortunately, for copyright reasons access to BoB is not available from outside the UK.

Now as BoB, in theory, offers you everything, there’s a veritable gamut of science programmes you can catch up on, including the BBC World Service’s popular weekly science series The Science Hour, which highlights the top science and technology news of the week, as well as Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, an irreverent look at the world of science through the eyes of Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, and classic archive science television like the ground breaking Horizon. Why not give it a browse and see what you can dig up?

International Women’s Day

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Loughborough University is opening its campus for a week-long schedule of celebratory events to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March, under the blanket title of Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience.

In collaboration with Charnwood Arts and their 40th anniversary celebrations, staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend a range of talks, photography exhibitions, music, poetry and performances.

The events taking place throughout the week seek to raise awareness of women’s roles in different sociocultural environments. They highlight gender inequalities and propose creative ways to address gender equity and equality.

Guest speakers include individuals from the University, Athena Swan and FIFA, with music, poetry and performances titled Bread and Roses. Organiser Dr Inês Varela-Silva, will also be delivering a talk, titled Consent and safe spaces at universities: an international perspective, with Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, expected to attend.

The programme of events has been supported by the Loughborough University Athena Swan Team, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, School of Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough Student’s Union, and the Maya Project. Other events, organised by the Human Rights and Equality Charnwood, will also take place in town on International Women’s Day.

All events are free to attend, however some require pre-booking.

Click here to view a full schedule of events and exhibitions and to book your place.

Here, There & Everywhere at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new solo exhibition by water colourist Christopher Clayton open today at the Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery.

In this collection of watercolour paintings and pen and ink drawings, Chris’s aim is to depict the quintessential nature of rural Britain, including the splendour of our countryside, the vastness of our shorelines and the quirkiness of our towns and villages. The subtleties of our native flora and fauna and the human involvement with the environment are portrayed in simplistic, yet ethereal images.

The Sock Gallery is located within the foyer area at Loughborough Town Hall. It is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9am-5pm and when the venue is open for events and shows.  Entry to the Gallery is free of charge.

Loughborough University – Not For Chickens!

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In her latest online article for the Loughborough History & Heritage Network, University Archivist Jenny Clark turns the clock back nearly a century to when the University (or Technical College as it then was) spread its wings and attempted to branch into poultry & animal management… with some ‘fowl’ results!

The Loughborough History and Heritage Network is a collaborative project between Loughborough University and the local community aimed at fostering discussion about the history of Loughborough and the Charnwood Borough. The Network signposts historical events, local heritage organisations, and publications about Loughborough and Charnwood.

To find out more, visit their homepage here:

http://www.lboro-history-heritage.org.uk/