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Black and British Season BBC WebsiteOver the past month the BBC has been running a series of programmes on black history as part of its Black and British season looking at the lives of black women and men in the United Kingdom in the past and present.

We’ve used our ERA licence to record a number of programmes from the season for our learners. To match in with our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences students who are studying the slave trade we’ve recorded David Olosuga’s series Black and British – a Forgotten History which comes in four parts; First Encounters, Freedom, Moral mission and Homecoming. The series goes back to Roman times and takes you up to the present day.

Black is the New Black is also a four-part piece looking at the lives and family history of famous black Britons from the arts, sport, comedy, politics, business, design, fashion, science and architecture.

We’ve also recorded Black Nurses: the Women Who Saved the NHS and Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?

Boojk shelvesOn Thursday 20 November our Learning Resources Centre Manager attended the 10th anniversary event for the Association of Pall Mall Libraries (APML). APML is a group of librarians originally working in the London private club sectors which also has librarian members from specialist libraries neighbouring the Pall Mall area.

The tenth anniversary was celebrated with members of the association and their guest speaker James Campbell  author of  The Library: a World History published by Thames and Hudson. James’s talk included slides based on pictures from the book which charts the architectural history of libraries from Roman and medieval times to the present day throughout the world. Will Pryce took digital photographs of the libraries which are used in the book. Campbell explained how libraries were once made up of lecturns holding books or chained libraries until the advent of the standing bookcase. Libraries included Roccoco styled gems from Europe and monastic libraries in South Korea; and a modern day one built to encourage children to read by creating a stepped shelf environment inside. Find out more about the talk on the APML blog.

If you’re into present day library architecture whet your taste buds with the E-Architect’s listing of the latest and greatest from around the world on their Library Buildings – Library Architecture page.

 

Gothic literature and Angela Carter coversOur Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students are studying Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and other novels on a Gothic theme. We’ve already supplied them with the Company of Wolves film on DVD and copies of Gothic Literature and  The Fiction of Angela Carter: a Reader’s Essential Criticism by Sarah Gamble and Gothic Literature by Sue Chaplin. Both the BBC and the British Library are launching a focus of programmes and exhibition around the gothic.

Terror and Wonder: the Gothic Imagination from 3 October 2014 to 30 January 2015 at the British Library looks at Gothic literature, film and design influences from early literature by Walpole and Shelley to the films of Stanley Kubrick and the designs of Alexander McQueen. The British Library also has a page dedicated to Gothic Literature.

The BBC is starting a season called When Gothic Was Born. BBC4 begins next week with Andrew Graham-Dixon’s programme The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hour on Monday 20 October @ 2100 followed by Dan Cruickshank on the architecture of Sir George Gilbert Scott and Giles Gilbert Scott  in Dan Cruickshank and the Family That Built Gothic Britain on Tuesday 21 October @ 2100. The season also covers film too.

 

 


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