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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?

BiographiesHappy new year! We have received our first box of new books. Inside are two biographies on two remarkable fashion designers’ lives.

Firstly, ‘Elsa Schiaparelli: a biography’ by Meryle Secrest looks fascinating as it is not someone I have ever heard of. She was from Rome but then moved to London, New York and Paris during the first half of the 20th Century. Having inspiration and collaboration with artists as famous as Dali made her a star of her time.

Secondly, ‘Vivienne Westwood’ by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly, is an instantly recognisable name to me. Having a quick delve into this hardback book uncovers a chapter which highlights her popularity in Asia. In Mandarin her name translates to ‘Dowager Empress West’. It also looks at her honoured place in American fashion resulting from her designer wedding dress being chosen in the hugely-successful ‘Sex and the City’ movie in 2008. She is also an activist and her voice and actions have a wide resonance.

Having a look at the blurbs and on wikipedia, it is clear that both women had lots of fashion moments of surprise and ingenuity and they often went against convention (as many artists do!). Reading about their lives gives us an insight into their cultural influences over the decades. We have lots more biographies on famous and influential women on our shelves. Come have a browse next time you are in the LRC.

BlendspaceLast week the LRC team was working with students on the Introduction to Careers in Fashion, Crafts and Retail. The team created content to help the students gather ideas for a project they were working on to design a necklace.

Once the team had found a collection of websites on fashion history and design in clothes, shoes and other accessories they supplemented websites with video clips. Enthused by a demonstration of Blendspace at Jisc RSC London’s E-factor 2014: It’s All About  Learning and Teaching the LRC Assistant added the material onto Blendspace for the students to access. She then linked it into the course page on Moodle our Virtual Learning Environment.

Blendspace was demonstrated at E-Factor 2014 by Martin Compton from Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College at his Less Teaching More Learning session. Martin recommended Blendspace for creating course material that students can use for self-directed learning.

Take a look at the Blendspace our LRC Assistant created on Researching for Innovation and Ideas in Fashion. And visit E-factor 2014: It’s All About  Learning and Teaching for more best practice and tips on creating interactive learning content.


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