#ArchiveCatwalk

Monday’s #ExploreArchives theme is #ArchiveCatwalk

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Matching shirts ad from Ladies Home Journal

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Mrs R Downer relates how she was a dressmaker to a famous, but unnamed, employer (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 1:211)

 

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Olive Gold went to work as an apprentice dressmaker in 1910, aged 13, with no wage for the first year (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 2:321)

 

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Charlotte Jordan also worked as an apprentice tailoress, with no pay for the first six months (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 3:101

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Explore Archives Week 2017

Join us for a fun-filled week of exploring archives in Special Collections here at Brunel University. We’ll be highlighting items from our collection every day here on our blog, Twitter and Instagram. You can also visit us in person at our open afternoon on 20 November.

Many of our pictures feature Bendy Brunel, and you can read more about his other adventures on this blog too.

#ExploreArchives Bendy Brunel strikes out for the aptly named Invention Exhibition to begin our Archives Week adventures.

Students using archives

Here a group of #history #students take time to #explorearchives and discuss the academic use of #primarysources

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#ExploreArchives Bendy Brunel discovers tunnelling and more at Brunel Special Collections Channel Tunnel Association Archive.

Explore Special Collections

Explore Archives week is a national event to showcase and promote archives. Here in Special Collections we have a number of archival collections and we’d love to invite you to visit during our Explore Archives Week open afternoon and find out more about how you can use them. You’ll find us on Level 3 of the library, accessed by the main staircase/lift.

Monday 20th November 1 – 4 pm

We’ll have collections out themed around various subject areas. There will be collection items out on display for you to see and handle, plus plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out more.

English/creative writing

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Bill Griffiths collection

Come and discover more about our literature collections and how our collections have been used in creative writing. You can get a flavour of the collections on our Special Collections English guide. You can find out more about how these collections have been used by other students and academics in these blog posts: Writing back and Teaching from the archives.

History/politics

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Burnett Archive: William Belcher’s Royal Navy Service Certificate

Drop in to discover which Special Collections you might find useful for your assignments or dissertation. You’ll find more information in our Special Collections guides for History and Women’s history.

All very welcome.

Volunteer opportunities in Special Collections

Are you a Brunel student and interested in a career in the heritage industry, Special Collections and/or archives? Our volunteer opportunities are a great way for students to gain workplace skills and experience what it is like working in this sector.

We are looking for students able to commit to a three hour placement each week for at least one term. Further details about what is involved and how to apply are on the Brunel Volunteers website.

You may also be interested in finding out more about a day in the life of Special Collections or reading some blog posts by previous volunteers.

 

 

 

 

History Day 2017

Join us and a host of other libraries, archives and research organisations for History Day 2017 at Senate House Library in London on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Admission is free, but you will need to register on their website to attend.

History Day is a great opportunity to find out about the vast array of collections available to research in the London area and beyond, and ask the people who look after them to tell you more. There are panel sessions on public history, digital history and discovery in libraries and archives.

The programme and a full list of participating organisations is available on the History Day website, where you can also read blog posts on this year’s theme of magic and the supernatural

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Thames Tunnel Diorama: looking inside

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Ordinary people – exceptional lives

Hillingdon Literary Festival takes place on Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October 2017, with a theme of Ordinary people – exceptional lives. There’s a whole weekend of activities planned, and Special Collections will be playing a part on Saturday 7 October with a workshop on life writing and Special Collections.

We’ll be exploring life writing using autobiographies from the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography. You can explore other creative writing ideas using Special Collections in other posts on this blog.

You can book your place here on any of this weekend’s workshops.

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Royal Navy Service Certificate header

Reading room and registration area

Special Collections re-opening

Over the summer we’ve been very busy moving to a new Special Collections reading room, with improved facilities for readers and teaching workshops using our collections. Our official re-opening is on Monday 9 October between 1 and 4pm to which everyone is very welcome.

Reading room and registration area

Our new reading room and registration area

Our re-opening is taking place during National Libraries Week, and you’ll have a chance to see some highlights from our collections out for you to discover. This is a great opportunity to drop in and see how Special Collections can support you.

Is there something from our collections that you’d particularly like to see on Monday? Then get in touch via email or Twitter and we’ll see what we can do!

We are still on level 3 of the Bannerman Centre, but now in BANN 328 (access via main stairs/lift). Please ask at the library welcome desk if you need directions.