Monthly Archives: February 2012

Call for Submissions: Material World Occasional Paper Series

Material World is seeking submissions for the new Occasional Paper Series. The aim is to make available works that are hard to publish in conventional academic environments because they are multi-media, long or short, reports, polemical, or otherwise exploratory, creative and innovative. The Occasional Paper Series is fully peer-reviewed and is indexed by the Library of Congress.

Enquiries and expressions of interest should be emailed to Haidy Geismar at hg26 @


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Bookings open for SSN Study visit to M&S Archive

M&S Archive and University of Leeds Special Collections Study Visit

Friday 23 March, 11am-3.45pm, Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds Campus

The SSN Study Visit to Leeds will be the third in a series of SSN events to highlight the wealth of home-related material held by important libraries and archives across the UK. This half-day event will be a special opportunity to visit the new M&S Archive in Leeds shortly after its public opening in March 2012. Delegates will have the chance to explore two different collections held in Leeds through talks and handling sessions.

The Cookery Collection, Brotherton Library
With a collection of over 3,000 volumes of printed books, the Cookery Collection holds rare treasures including John Partridge’s The Widowes Treasure (1585) and Sir Hugh Plat’s Delightes for Ladies (1605). The core of the collections covers British publications and works published before 1861, as well as British and French cookery up until the 1930s. While centrally concerned with books of recipes for cookery, the collection also includes many works on food production, on food’s medicinal uses, on gardening and other food-related topics. Household management, including financial matters and the management of servants, is widely covered.
A consistent feature of the collection is its inclusion of long sequences of editions of outstandingly popular works through which it is possible to trace the evolution of the texts over time and thus to observe innovation and changes in taste and fashion, as well as developments in the book trade. There are for example 11 editions of Eliza Smith’s The Compleat Housewife (1727 – 1766) and as many as 26 different editions of Elizabeth Raffald’s The Experienced English Housekeeper (1769 – 1834).

The M&S Archive
In November 2011 the M&S Archive relocated to a new purpose-built archive facility. Built in partnership with the University of Leeds, the new Archive Building will open in March 2012 and will allow public access to one of the UK’s most important business archives for the first time. The Archive consists of over 60,000 items and spans economic, social and cultural history. It includes key merchandise from M&S product ranges including top sellers, innovative material or design and iconic pieces, as well as advertising and marketing material.

Tickets: £10
To book please return the Leeds Archive Study Visit Booking Form by email, fax or post by Wednesday 14 March 2012 to SSN Co-ordinator Krisztina Lackoi at, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

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Call for Papers: Furniture History Society Research Seminar

Friday 23 November 2012

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

The concept of this event is to present current studies on topics of furniture history, furniture construction/design/conservation and the history of interiors by MA and PhD students, and museum/heritage curators and professionals at an early stage of their career.  It is envisaged that the seminar will provide useful insights into current trends of research. The seminar will be open for attendance by ticket to Furniture History Society (FHS) members and others involved in education and study of furniture and interiors. Each paper should last 15 minutes with a powerpoint presentation in fluent English.

Interested speakers should submit an abstract of 250 words outlining their area of study, research methodologies and sources along with a current CV and details of one referee to Clarissa Ward, FHS Grants Secretary, email, by 16th April  2012. Some grants for travel expenses from distant locations may be available – if required please give details when submitting abstract.

This event is being organised by the Tom Ingram Fund (FHS Grants) Committee, who will format the programme and confirm details to speakers by 12th May 2012.

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National Trust reports bumper visitor figures

The National Trust has reported a substantial increase in its visitor numbers, and retail and catering sales in December 2011 compared to the previous December.  There were more than half-a-million (521,000) visitors to Trust properties in December 2011, an increase of 74% on the previous year.  The retail business, which includes high street shops, shops at places and online sales, saw an increase in sales of 24% and the cafes and restaurants had a 71% increase in sales in December 2011 compared to the same month in 2010. Factors affecting the large jump in visitor numbers include the mild weather compared to the heavy snow in December 2010 and an increasing number of houses running Christmas-themed activity.   The Trust reports that it is on target to have its best ever year for visitor numbers to its pay-for-entry properties, exceeding 18 million visitors for the first time.  In the year to date, retail sales have increased by 8 per cent and catering has so far seen a 14% increase in sales.

The National Trust has also announced range of branded coach breaks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This follows a successful trial last year with Just Go! Holidays.  Tours vary between three and seven days and Just Go! Holidays will give the National Trust £10 for every person that books a tour.

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