EThOS Share My Thesis Competition

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The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.

The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here:

https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23sharemythesis&src=typd

For further details, visit the competition page on the British Library website here:

http://www.bl.uk/share-my-thesis/

 

Get Knitted… at the Charnwood Museum

museum_photoCall out to all Crafters!! Our Knitted Story is The Big Knitting Group’s latest research project and will culminate in an exhibition and installation at Charnwood Museum in the summer of 2015.

The project title ‘Our Knitted Story’ encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery and soft sculpture, anything textiles based, focusing however on hand knitting, the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures. The deliberate use of the word Knitted in the title of the project refers to its use as a term to describe a cause to unite, become united, unify, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond.

The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand crafting and will bring together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. As well as looking into the history of local Leicestershire Bishop Richard Rutt, who in October 1979 was named the Bishop of Leicester. He was also an avid knitter and authored the book A history of Hand Knitting in 1987.

Also as part of the exhibition there will be an installation entitled ‘The Enchanted Garden’, which will be used as a story telling environment and will be open to storytellers and other groups for the duration of the exhibition. The installation will also include all the flowers created for the #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden as an extension of the research into crafts ability to aid wellbeing.

Students from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts textile department have also been making objects for the exhibition.

Please check out the dedicated Pinterest board for the project, for inspiration and further info. You can re pin images and follow the board.

http://uk.pinterest.com/shiney1809/our-knitted-story/

The group would also welcome short pieces of writing (no more than 200 words) describing your own crafting story. For example how did you come to your craft, how does it make you feel when you craft, do you share your craft and who with etc.

For further details of the project, visit this link:

http://www.charnwoodarts.com/projects/big_knitting_group

The British Landscape at the Loughborough Town Hall

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The Sock Gallery in the Loughborough Town Hall will be hosting a new solo exhibition by the photographer Terry Davies this month.

Terry Davies is a professional self-publishing fine art landscape photographer and he specialises in the creation of large works which reflect the beauty and character of the British landscape and elements within it. In this exhibition Terry sets out to illustrate the diversity of the British landscape from coast to mountain and the effects of the weather on the landscape.

The British Landscape runs from Thursday 22nd January until Saturday 28th February. The Sock Gallery is open Monday to Saturday between 9am-5pm. Admittance is free.

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