Tales From the Archives

3348593733_21c393a667_oOur very own archivist Jenny Clark has delved deep into Loughborough’s past and written a couple of new articles for the Loughborough History & Heritage Network.

The Empire Bazaar & Christmas Fete 1922 explores the longstanding link between ‘town and gown’ in Loughborough and tells the story of the part townspeople played in establishing ‘the Grove’ as a hall of residence.

Radio Times at Lougborough continues a record of the Loughborough University Wireless Society, the groundbreaking telecommunications group formed by the Electrical Engineering Department back in 1920.

The Loughborough History & Heritage Network is a collaborative project between the University and the local community, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and hosted by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) in collaboration with Charnwood Museum. It aims to signpost historical events, local heritage organisations, and publications about Loughborough and Charnwood. To find out more, visit the site below.

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

Take the World by Storm this November

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Students across the globe are invited to participate in a unique live collaborative online forum this Friday (21st November) to tackle pressing social issues.

Social Storm is 24-hour social hackathon will give you the chance to consider a range of global dilemmas spanning poverty, the environment, health, and education – whilst hoining your enterprise and employability skills

You’ll work as part of an international team and work simultaneously, brought together via video conferencing. To date, teams from 10 universities have signed up to the event which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November).

To find out more about the FREE event and sign up to take part, please visit the Social Storm website.

Follow the Lines in the Ice at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoA new exhibition with a decidedly wintery theme begins at the British Library this week.

Lines in the Ice examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage. Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world.

The exhibition displays early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of the explorers, writings from the search for Franklin, early Arctic photography and much more. It also unearths the history of the North Pole’s most famous resident – Santa!

On display in the British Library entrance hall, the exhibition runs until March 2015 and is free to visit. Further details can be found via the British Library website here.

The Art of Tracy Savage at the Loughborough Town Hall

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A new exhibition showcasing the work of award-winning Yorkshire artist Tracy Savage opened in the Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery at the weekend.

Tracy draws her inspiration from the UK coastline and landscape. Her paintings are bursting with subjects she finds fascinating – capturing the imagination with her dramatic and often humorous style. Her themes vary: nostalgic holiday past, coastal erosion, the design of the rural landscape, each work evoking memories and atmosphere. For further details, visit the artists’ website here.

The exhibition is running until 29th November. The Sock Gallery is open 9-5 Monday-Saturday and entry is completely free.

Want to Know What Was on TV on the Day You Were Born…?

Radio Times by Bradford TimelineThe BBC this week launched a new online service that allows you to search through complete schedules of their seminal listings magazine, Radio Times.

The Genome Project has digitised listings from nearly 4,500 issues that cover everything broadcast by the BBC on their radio and television channels between the years 1923 to 2009, and though at present the database only contains basic information such as capsule synopsis and programme details and a brief cast/credit list, they aim to include images later.

Nearly 4.5 million programmes are covered, including old favorites such as Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python – and Crackerjack! – along with details of the BBC’s coverage of major sporting and historical events including Olympic Games, World Cups and Moon landings. So now you can find out what was on TV the day you were born!

Although ITV listings are not included owing to copyright issues, you can access an archive of the TV Times, ITV’s ‘answer’ to Radio Times, by visiting the BUFVC database’s TV Times listing archive, which covers the period 1955-1985 (please note you will need your Athens username & password to access this service).

Radio Times cover by Bradford Timeline, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Man Booker Prize 2014 Winner Announced

richard flanagan by anetzCongratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan (pictured) who last night won the prestigious £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his stirring wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The selection for this year’s prize caused some controversy when the competition was opened to all authors writing in English, provoking many to believe that the contest would be dominated by American authors, who were previously excluded; though ultimately this year’s shortlist included only two Americans, along with three British and one Australian.

We’ll be getting a copy of Flanagan’s novel in due course, but we do already have a growing selection of previous Booker winners and nominees among our Leisure Reading section on Level 4, including last year’s winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Richard Flanagan image by Anetz, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Terror at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoHalloween has started early at the British Library this October, as they open their vaults to a spooky new exhibition entitled Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.

From the literary nightmares of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to the screen perils of Stanley Kubrick and Hammer horror films, over 200 rare objects chart 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre, detailing how the genre has cast a dark shadow across film, art, music, fashion, architecture and every day life.

Iconic works such as handwritten drafts of the classics Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as the more contemporary horrors of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the Twilight saga, are included in the exhibition, which runs through until 20th January. Full booking details are available via the British Library website here:

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/gothic/index.html

World Space Week 2014

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It’s World Space Week, the theme of which this year looks at the importance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and its importance to modern life on Earth.

Imagine a world without navigation satellites to guide planes, ships and cars and not to forget: us with our location based mobile phone applications! And navigation satellites not just accurately pinpoint our position on the planet, it also provides time signals to keep clocks in sync, which is critically important for global trading and many other time critical sectors.

Launched specifically on 4th October by the UN General Assembly to mark the successful launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, in 1957, and the signing of the ‘Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies’ on October 10 1967, World Space Week has been held every year since 1999, and seeks primarily to educate people about the positives of space exploration and encourage better public understanding and support for space programmes.

We hold a large number of books about satellite communications & navigation among our collection, along with a good selection of books about space and space exploration in general. We also have access to the National Geophysical Data Center database, which provides the lastest satellite geophysical data from the Sun to the Earth and Earth’s sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space, and the NASA Scientific & Technical Information database, which includes up-to-date information about NASA’s satellite projects.

To find out more about the programme, visit the World Space Week website here:

http://www.worldspaceweek.org/

School of the Arts Postgraduate Degree Show

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Every year the School of the Arts’ Postgraduate Taught students produce unique pieces of modern and contemporary work, comprising Jewellery, Ceramics, Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Communication and Illustration. This year’s work will be on display in a special Degree Show next week.

The culmination of a year long artistic journey encompassing ethical and environmental concerns, the students’ creations are enriched by their own visual cultures and imaginations, covering work by student artists from three continents.

The Degree Show is open to all and completely free to visit. It’s taking place down in the Fine Arts Building at the School of the Arts, and is open 10am-5pm over the weekend of Friday 19th September – Sunday 21st September.

Landscape is Memory at the Town Hall

sock galleryA new exhibition by local artist Nicola Taylor on a theme of landscape and emotion begins in Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery this September.

Nicola’s practice is based on how people perceive landscape and how these perceptions have changed over time. With a focus on considering how no two people will ever see the same landscape in front of them, this exhibition explores our subconscious emotions, linked with the land and our constant need to relate and find ourselves within. Playing around with varying colour, mark making and line tension, Nicola challenges people to see landscape in a different way to how they have done before, forcing them into a new, unknown and sometimes uncomfortable environment.

The exhibition is on display from 11th September to 11th October and is free to visit, Monday-Saturday between 9am-5pm. For further details about the Gallery, visit their site here:

http://www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk/sock_gallery