Festival of British Archaeology

Saturday 17th July to Sunday 1st August, 2010

‘Events held during this special fortnight present an excellent opportunity for organisations and societies involved with archaeology and heritage to engage with their local communities and help everyone to engage with archaeology and the historic environment around them.

2010’s event promises to be the biggest UK-wide celebration of archaeology yet and the Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary’. Council for British Archaeology]

Click here to learn more about the Festival of British Archaeology

Festival blog 

What’s on near you

You may also be interested in the archaeology journals available online from Loughborough University Library, such as Antiquity, European journal of archaeology and Journal of maritime archaeology, using your Athens username and password. 

A full list of titles for e-journals on archaeology and history are available via MetaLib and the online catalogue.  

Landmap ‘spatial discovery’


Landmap is now available at Loughborough University for you to use.

‘ The Landmap Service provides UK academia with a high quality spatial data download service which is enhanced and supported by a range of learning materials.’

Landmap offers a number of datasets – the ‘Optical Collection’, ‘Radar Collection’, ‘Elevation Collection’, and ‘Feature Collection ‘[Building Heights and Building Class data].

Landmap contains publications of project papers, web articles and presentations.  Landmap also has  online courses and demonstrations for lecturers,  students and researchers on such subjects as image processing, elevation data courses,  courses on how to use mapping software to help, and much more.

Landmap can be accessed via MetaLib.

You can search for Landmap using MetaLib’s ‘Find Database’ option, or via the Geography section of MetaLib.

You will need to register the first time you access the Landmap service.  Once you have registered you will be sent an confirmation email containing a URL which you must click to confirm your registration.

Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series Videos

You may already be familiar with Business Source Complete.

Business Source Complete is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing the ultimate collection of bibliographic and full text content.

It now includes a business video collection from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.  

There are 55 videos available for you to watch online, covering  a whole raft of topics such as business ethics, innovation management, portfolio management and much more.

Most of the lectures also provide a transcript in PDF format.

To access the videos, click on the link to MetaLib and type in Business Source Complete, in the ‘Find Database’ search field. 

Business Source Complete is hosted  through EBSCO. Click on the ‘More’ button in the top tool bar [next to Author Profiles] .  Click on Business Images/Videos from the drop-down menu.  You can now search  and see if there is a video avialble from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series on the topic of your choice..

JSTOR Plant Science

Loughborough University now has access to JSTOR Plant Science.

JSTOR Plant Science is an online environment that collects global plants content, tools, and people interested in biological and plant science….with more than 20,000 paintings, photographs, drawings and other images.’

Plants can be seached for by family name, genus and species, as well as where collected.  Specimens range widely from as far afield as Australasia to Antarctica. 

 JSTOR Plant Science also provides links to journal titles such as Journal of Earth Sciences, and the Irish Naturalists’s Journal dating back to 1925. as well as illustrations of artifacts such as fruits and seeds, plant stems and cones. 

 JSTOR Plant Science is a unique resource for those studying environmental science, plant biology, agriculture,  natural sciences and conservation.



Slippy maps and town plans

There are two new ‘roam’ mapping facilties now available through Digimap.

Historic Digimap and Geology Digimap OS Collections now have  ‘slippy maps’ which enable you to ‘glide’ across areas, resize and reposition maps, custiomise and print.

Historic Digimap now contains large scale historic town plans, dating from 1848 onwards, with Historic Downland enabling you to download historicical map images in bulk.

Geology Digimap maps bedrock, superficial deposits, mass movement and faults, with map based links to a Geology Photography Collection – simply click on the icons on the geology map which indicate that there are photographs available for geological features in that location.

 The Digimap collection can be accessed via MetaLib and can be accessed using your Athens username and password.

Cabinet Office new manual

A draft chapter for a new Cabinet Manual has been published after extensive disscussion which focussed on the procedure of UK government and Parliament, including procedures for hung parliaments .

‘The chapter covers the dissolution and summoning of parliament, parliamentary general elections, how governments are formed and what to do in the case of hung parliaments. It also covers restrictions on government and other activity during the electoral period, and the appointment of Ministers’. Cabinet Office

If you would like to read the draft chapter, please see the link below…

Chapter 6 – Elections and Government formations in PDF [PDF 127KB, 9 pages]

2010 International Year of Biodiversity

The United Nations is celebrating world biodiversity this year, 2010, as the Interantional Year of Biodiversity.

The United Nations  sees “The 2010 International Year of Biodiversity [as] a unique opportunity to understand the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth and to stop this loss…”

This year also sees the launch of  the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership  which aimes to “generate information on biodiversity trends which is useful to decision makers’ and ‘ensure improved global biodiversity indicators are implemented and available”.

Loughborough University has  been involved in local and campus conservation projects, such as the donation  bird boxes in Burleigh Wood in March this year, and the planting of trees in the Horseshoe Wood on campus in 2009.   

Through the University’s  Biodiversity Working Group, more conservation projects are planned.

If you would like to learn more about the 2010 International Year of  Biodiversity, please see the links below.

United Nations Environment Programme

UK partners supporting the International Year of Biodiversity

Loughborough University biodiversity Action Plan

Biodiversity at Loughborough University

Trees for Loughborough

Naturnal History Museum

@ MoMA


The Dutch call it apestaart , a  ‘monkey’s tail’,  the Italians call it chiocciolina or ‘small snail’ , in Finland ‘ miukumauku’  a sleeping cat, while  in  Czech  it is  “zavinac”   –  a rolled pickled herring.

To the world over the @ sysmbol has become a modern icon of international communication and it has recently been acquired by the The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design, in New York.

MoMA has written  an excellent short history of the   symbol called       @ AT MoMA, which traces the history of the @ symbol back to the 6th century.  

In the modern era the sysmbol was first used around 1972 by Raymond Tomlinson, a computer engineer who said he used the @ symbol because  The primary reason was that it made sense. at signs didn’t appear in names so there would be no ambiguity about where the separation between login name and host name occurred…’

If you would like to learn more about the @ symbol, please see the links below…

A Natural History of the At Sign

Where It’s At

The First Network Email

Posted in SSH

Fig Leaf Wardrobe



The V & A are hosting a new exhibition celebrating contemporary design Telling Tales : Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design

The V & A writes that the exhibition ‘ explores the recent trend among European designers for unique or limited edition pieces that push the boundaries between art and design.’

‘It showcases furniture, lighting and ceramics, designed by a new generation of international designers, including Tord BoontjeMaarten Baas,  Jurgen Bey and Studio Job, who are all inspired by the spirit of story-telling. Each tells a tale through their use of decorative devices, historical allusions or choice of materials, sharing common themes such as fantasy, parody and a concern with mortality’

The exhibition is free, open daily 10.00am -17.30pm and Fridays 10.00am -21.30pm, and runs until the 18th October. 

La Mort du duc de Guise

Music notes

Alhambra Theatre , London

‘At a “private exhibition” yesterday afternoon, Messers. Pathe Freres, in conjunction with the management, showed on the cinematograph  three wordless plays from Paris.’

‘On the cinematograph we saw not only the murder …but glimpses of the life of cafes , grand and humble …and all sorts of thrilling things, including a  danse d’Apache by Mlle. Mistenguette and a man.’

‘All these, of course,  not in the flesh, but on the films , while the orchestra played….next came a version of  L’Arlesienne… and finally the Murder of the Duke of Guise, a play specially composed for  this kind of performance , by M. Lavenden, and acted by no lesser people than M. le Bargey, M. Albert Lambert, and Mlle. Gabrielle Robbinne.’  The Times, Saturday, Nov 21, 1908; pg. 13; Issue 38810; col

Camille Saint-Saens wrote in 1908 the first modern film score for the cinema, for the silent film Murder of the Duke of Guise [sometimes refered to as  L’Assassinat du duc de Guise].    The film only ran for about 18 minutes, but has become of great historical importance in the development of silent films, film scores, and sound of  the ‘talkies’.  Silent films were still popular in France up to the 1930s.

It is interesting to note that as the film achieved critical acclaim, going some way of launching the fledgeling film industry into popular culture, Saint-Saëns did not himself seek the notariety associated with later film-stars and film score composers.   Saint-Saëns wrote to the German journalist M. Levin in 1901  “I take very little notice of either praise or censure, not because I have an exalted idea of my own merits (which would be foolish), but because in doing my work, and fulfilling the function of my nature, as an apple-tree grows apples, I have no need to trouble myself with other people’s views.”

The Union of Film Music Composers [UFMC] is celebrating the centenary of film music, in association with the Federation of Film and Audiovisual Composers of Europe [FFACE].  UFMC writes that   ‘Le film marque un tournant dans l’histoire du cinéma en édifiant d’une première pierre l’histoire de la musique originale : la composition de Saint-Saëns suit très précisément chaque scène, n’autorisant au chef aucune désynchronisation avec l’image. D’autres extraits de musiques de films ainsi qu’une masterclass suivront la projection.’

 If you would like to lean more about Saint-Saëns and early film music, please see the links below….

Musical memories by Camille Saint-Saëns

French cinema : from its beginnings to the present by Rémi Fournier Lanzoni  shelved on L evel 2 at 791.430944/LAN

The sounds of early cinema /edited by Richard Abel and Rick Altman  shelved on Level 2 at 791.4309/SOU

Spellbound in darkness :a history of the silent film by George C. Pratt shelved on Level 2 at 791.4309/PRA

The ciné goes to town :French cinema, 1896-1914 /Richard Abel shelved on Level 2 at 791.430944/ABE

Musicians of To-Day, by Romain Rolland [1915]

Film and Sound Online – a set of collections of film and video. Login via UK Federation, choose Loughborough University (ATHENS) from the drop-down list then login with your Athens username and password.   Available via MetaLib.