Open from Friday 20th January, in the floor 3 Gallery at the Library of Birmingham, is an exhibition marking the centenary of The Endurance expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, across the Antarctic, 1914-17. The Enduring Eye features Frank Hurley’s photographs, documenting the epic and harsh journey faced by the crew as they navigated across the unforgiving ice, both before and after their ship became stranded and then sank.
More details about the exhibition can be found here: http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com/blog/News/enduringeye
Benjamin Stone Collection [MS 3196 Box 664/21-2]
Searching through our collections for references to Shackleton, I came across the above image of him, posed outside the Houses of Parliament in 1909. Featured alongside him is Arthur Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, a former Prime Minister. This image was taken some five years before the crew of The Endurance faced their epic journey, by Birmingham East’s own MP, Sir John Benjamin Stone. Upon entering Parliament, Stone had been passionate about recording its people and buildings, but photography was forbidden within Westminster. However, as the rules relaxed, he eventually became one of the first photographers to record inside. This determination and passion to document seems a feeble link to make compared to the hardships faced by the members of The Endurance crew, however, having the opportunity to glimpse into the past through Hurley and Stone’s images is one of immeasurable value for modern viewers.
Saturday saw us host another wonderful exhibition in the Wolfson Centre as part of the Explore Your Archives campaign! We had many fantastic items on display and this year we would like to say a huge thank you to our researchers for making an exhibition out of themselves! By getting involved and nominating what you love from our collections, you have demonstrated the diversity of archives. We had a lovely turnout, and everyone who gave us feedback said they had learnt something so we couldn’t have asked for more.
Thank you again for helping us open up our collections and we are already starting to plan for next year!
Photographic collections appearing in the exhibition – you can learn more about these later in the week on The Iron Room.
Do keep an eye on the Iron Room this week – Explore Your Archive week is just getting started and if you missed the exhibition, we will be showing highlights over the next few days.
Explore Your Archive week 2016 is nearly upon us! A joint campaign run by the National Archives and the Archives and Records Association, Explore Your Archive runs from 19 – 27 November and aims to promote and encourage the use of local archive services across the UK. For events across the country, why not visit www.exploreyourarchive.org to learn what’s going on near you.
Part of an engine from Boulton and Watt – see the full item on display at our exhibition.
Here at Archives and Collections at the Library of Birmingham, we are having another pop-up exhibition following the great success of last year! This year we are Making an Exhibition out of our Researchers and we have had a great response with items already nominated including a letter from Winston Churchill and a drawing of a Boulton and Watt Engine! There is still time (just about!) to nominate an item and you can download the nomination form here.
So why not come along to our exhibition on Saturday, 19th November in the Wolfson Centre on Level 4. The exhibition will be open 1pm – 4pm and you can find details online on the Library of Birmingham events page.
We will look forward to seeing you!
Back by popular demand for Birmingham Heritage Week 2016 and as part of the Library of Birmingham’s programme of events to mark 400 years of Shakespeare, Birmingham Archives & Collections is hosting a pop-up exhibition on Saturday 10th September (1-4pm) to showcase some of the diverse and surprising items you can expect to find that “relate” to Shakespeare held in the Library’s collections! Themes include:
- What’s in a name… the Birmingham Shakespeares… (yes there are lots!)
- Reading Shakespeare … and more!
Staff and our invaluable pop-up volunteers will be on hand to talk to you about the items on display, and you might get to spell your name out in Shakespearean letters…
And… if you missed the ‘Our Shakespeare’ exhibition at the Library of Birmingham, you will be able to see some of the highlights close up! Come along and see what we choose…!
Venue and details : 10th September 2016, 1-4pm in the Wolfson Centre, Level 4, Library of Birmingham. Free event. No Booking required.
Here at the Iron Room, we are very happy to report that our pop -up exhibition to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the opening of our new gallery exhibition was a huge success!
Over 100 people came up to see us in the Wolfson Centre on Saturday to see some of the delightful (and unusual) references to the name Shakespeare across our collections. We were very honoured to have William Shakespeare himself stop by to say hello and listen to a bit of 20th century Shakespeare!
William Shakespeare – searching for ancestors in the Guild Book of Knowle
Old meets new. Listening to a radio ballad of Romeo and Juliet from the Charles Parker Archive [MS 4000]
Thank you to everyone who came, it was a fantastic day!
If you missed our pop-up exhibition, you can catch up online through the Birmingham Images website. A brand new exhibition Our Shakespeare in conjunction with the British Library is now open in the gallery on level 3 and runs until September. Admission is free so why not come along!
To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, the Library of Birmingham will be hosting a family day of activities this Saturday, 23rd April.
A brand new exhibition Our Shakesepeare, presented in partnership with the British Library, will be opening on Friday, 22nd April, in the gallery on level 3 of the Library of Birmingham. The exhibition will be running until September and as part of the launch, there will be a range of activities in the Library on Saturday, including our own pop-up exhibition in the Wolfson Centre on level 4.
You can download the Our Shakespeare Family Day leaflet for details of events across the library.
“A hundred thousand welcomes!”
“Shakespeare” from Archives & Collections
As part of the Library of Birmingham’s programme of events to mark 400 years of Shakespeare, Birmingham Archives & Collections has put together a pop-up exhibition to showcase some of the diverse and surprising items you can expect to find that “relate” to Shakespeare!
- What’s in a name… the Birmingham Shakespeares… (yes there are lots!)
- Inspired by Shakespeare
- Shakespeare’s “Beauties”
- Shakespeare at Stratford
- Miniature Shakespeare
- Reading Shakespeare
… and more!
Staff will be on hand to talk to you about the items on display, and you might get to spell your name out in Shakespearean letters…
Come along and see us!
23rd April 2016, 12-3pm in the Wolfson Centre, Level 4, Library of Birmingham. Free event.