To Hell With Culture at the Cope

1035On Wednesday 3rd September (6-7pm) the Cope Auditorium will be presenting a free screening of To Hell with Culture, a portrait of the life and work of Herbert Read, which will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Huw Wahl, Benedict Read and Dr Michael Paraskos of the Department of Politics, History & International Relations.

Co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Herbert Read (1893-1968) was an influential art critic, poet and anarchist. In his 1943 essay, To Hell with Culture, Read laid out his ideas for a civilisation based on cooperation, in which culture would no longer be a commodity separated from society, but an integral part of everyday life. In this film director Huw Wahl engages in conversations with artists, poets, curators, historians and Herbert Read’s children, to ask how we can apply Read’s ideas and approaches to the commodification of culture in our contemporary society. This immersive portrayal of Read’s life and work includes unseen archival material of Herbert Read, his poetry and film of the North Yorkshire landscape where he was born.

Tickets are free, but booking is necessary via this link:

Maya Angelou 1928-2014

maya angelou by york collegeAmerican author, poet and civil rights beacon Maya Angelou died today aged 86.

Best known for her best-selling autobiographical account of her childhood and early youth in 1930′s America, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, first published in 1969, Maya Angelou became a role model for the burgeoning Civil Rights movement in the US, in a career that also spanned writing, acting and music. She was a friend of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and later wrote poetry for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration and in commemoration of the death of Nelson Mandela last year.

We have a variety of Maya Angelou’s works in our literature collection on Level 2, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and you can found out more about her extraordinary life and works by browsing our extensive collection of newspaper archives available on Library Catalogue Plus.

Maya Angelou portrait by York College, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Lives of the First World War

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The Imperial War Museum have just launched a new online resource which aims to create a ‘permanent digital memorial’ to the lives of the millions of people who served Britain and the Commonwealth during World War One.

The Lives of the First World War already contains the details of over 4.5 million men and women who fought in the conflict, and it is hoped that the archive will eventually contain as many as 8 million records.

The Museum is actively encouraging the public to participate in the project by helping update and embellish records by sharing stories and memories of relations who fought in the war and by uploading material, such as family photos, to the website, which is being run in conjunction with DC Thomson Family History, which runs several online ancestry websites. The project is free to join, and you can find out more about it by visiting the site here:

Don’t forget that we have wealth of information about the First World War down in our history section on Level 2. You can also get day-by-day reportage of the entire war through our extensive online newspaper archives available on Library Catalogue Plus.

Eden Flix Presents ‘Future By Design’

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Next Wednesday afternoon (14th May) in the Cope Auditorium at 3pm Eden Flix is hosting a free showing of Academy Award nominated director William Gazecki’s acclaimed 2006 documentary Future By Design.

Future By Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness.

All staff and students at Loughborough are freely welcome to attend, though booking is necessary. To do that, follow this link.

Adam Matthew Databases on Trial this May

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We have a variety of Adam Matthew archive databases on trial throughout May that may be of great interest to social scientists, geographers, historians and English literature students.

Mass Observation Online (

Mass Observation Online provides integrated access to almost 400,000 digital images of material from the Mass Observation Archive (MOA). In addition, it functions as a finding aid for all material held on Adam Matthew Publications microfilm, and in the Mass Observation Archive. The Archive holds all the material generated by Mass Observation (MO) between 1937 and 1949, with a few later additions from the 1950s and 1960s.

Archives Direct (

Archives Direct is a suite of collections sourced from The National Archives, Kew – the UK government’s official archive. With our new digital facility based at Kew, Adam Matthew Digital will be releasing major new content from this world famous archive of information over the coming years.

Archives Direct titles are self-contained collections, clustered in a portal for ease of cross-searching and browsing. Your search results will include both documents your institution has purchased, and documents available elsewhere within the Archives Direct portal, giving you access to a huge range of documents from the UK government’s archives.

Perdita Manuscripts (

This resource is produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. “Perdita” means “lost woman” and the quest of the Perdita Project has been to find early modern women authors who were “lost” because their writing exists only in manuscript form. Thanks to the endeavours of the Perdita Project the valuable work of these “lost” women is being rediscovered

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History (

This resource brings together hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Students and researchers will find sources covering a variety of topics including; architecture; art; the British Empire; climate; customs; exploration; family life; housing; industry; language; monuments; mountains; natural history; politics and diplomacy; race; religion; science; shopping; war.  A wide variety of forms of travel writing are included, ranging from unique manuscripts, diaries and correspondence to drawings, guidebooks and photographs. The resource includes a slideshow with hundreds of items of visual material, including postcards, sketches and photographs

London Low Life (

London Low Life is a full-text searchable resource, containing colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond.

In addition to the digital documents, London Low Life contains a wealth of secondary resources, including a chronology, interactive maps, essays, online galleries and links to other useful websites.

All these databases are available until 27th May, accessible via the following username & password:

Username: Lu228yt

Password: SC929aMP

Please note that download options are not available during trials.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on these trials. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Where There’s A Will…

shakespeare by tonynetoneFittingly for World Book Night, today marks the 450th birthday of the world’s most famous writer, William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

His work, which includes 38 plays and 154 sonnets, has been translated into virtually every conceivable language, is studied comprehensively in schools, colleges and universities and is performed daily in theatres around the globe. He’s often considered to be Britain’s greatest cultural export, and his influence on modern drama and literature is beyond description – so I won’t attempt it!

Within our own “quick forge and working-house of thought” we have a wealth of Shakespeare related books and resources, including copies of all his works, along with famous adaptations of work on DVD. We also have access to the British Universities Film & Video Council‘s exemplary online Shakespeare resource, an authoritative  database of Shakespeare-related content in film, television, radio and video recordings which currently holds nearly 8,000 records dating from the 1890s to the present day. To read or to view, that is the question…!

Shakespeare portrait by tonynetone, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Talk Action at the Martin Hall Theatre

808Radar, the Unversity’s own arts programme, presents an evening of commissioned performances and films at the Martin Hall Theatre this Wednesday evening (27th March) which respond to research by the University’s Discourse and Rhetoric Group, which uses conversational analysis to examine how we communicate within our everyday lives.

Harvey Sacks, the American sociologist who is regarded as being the founder of conversation analysis was interested in looking at sequences of conversation and ‘tearing them apart in such a way as to find rules, techniques, procedures, methods, maxims that can be used to generate the orderly features we find in the conversations we examine’.  It is his interest in the technology of conversation that has led to an ongoing study of our social interactions within a range of everyday situations, a field for which Loughborough University has established an international reputation.

Cally Spooner, Gary Stevens and Imogen Stidworthy have been invited to respond to the work being undertaken by academics into discourse and rhetoric and develop new performances inspired by their investigations around speech and the verbal interplay between individuals.

The event begins at 7pm in the Martin Hall Theatre. Admission is free, but you will need to book a place online.

Databases on Trial this Month

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We have three databases on trial this month that may interest English, History and Social Sciences staff and students alike.

Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale’s premier literary databases in a new digital environment that allows researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. No other publisher offers this unmatched combination of uniquely rich literary content, dependable metadata, and intuitive subject indexing – all enriched by features and design that breathes new life into the study of literature.

To begin searching please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference. The Institute’s analysis and research, as well as debates and speeches it has hosted, can be found in this online archive, subject-indexed and fully searchable.

To begin searching please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The Financial Times Historical Archive delivers the complete searchable run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every item ever printed in the paper, from 1888-2010, can be searched and browsed article by article and page by page. The archive is an essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the public affairs and financial history of the last 120 years.

To begin searching please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

All three trials end on 5th April. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on these trials, so please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Coming to a Cinema Near You…

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There’s a couple of special film screenings taking place over the next week that should be of great interest ot film buffs across campus.

This Sunday, 16th March, Flix Cinema and LSU Action present a traditional cinema experience with an old time film. Action volunteers become old fashioned cinema ushers and usherettes creating the feel of a traditional cinema experience where the 1944 classic National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney will be shown at the Cope Auditorium. Doors open at 12.30pm with the film starting at 1pm, and there will be an old-fashioned refreshments interval too!

Then next Wednesday, 19th March, Eden Flix presents Flow: For the Love of Water, Irena Salina’s 2008 documentary about the perilous state of the world’s water supply. From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates.

Flow is also being shown at the Cope, where the performance will start at 3pm. All students and staff are welcome to freely attend, though booking is necessary.

Cinema image by Soorian Soosay, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Celebrating International Women’s Day


In celebration of International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th each year, the Sexual Politics Research Group, led by a number of staff based in the School of the Arts, is hosting a screen event across campus. This is part of a series of celebrations taking place this Friday, March 7th.

Throughout the day, the IT information screens will honour women’s achievements past and present, local and global, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science and technology. Many of the names used on the IT information screens (including the example above) were generated by enthusiastic submissions and the organisers hope that people will enjoy seeing their choices on screens this Friday.

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. It has been celebrated every March 8th since the early 1900′s, usually highlighting a specific theme. This year’s theme is Inspiring Change, which calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change on women’s behalf.

To find out more about the event, visit this website: