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I enjoyed my trip to Blythe House to see archives held by the Science Museum. I felt privileged to be given access to these materials and having not just one but three guides added to this feeling. I took some photos and three in particular stood out for me by virtue of providing me with a sense of...


The conference is to bring together Archivists, Curators, Academics, Film Makers, Owners of Small & Specialised Collections of Audio Visual Materials, Editors, Producers, Directors, Technologists, Industry, Researchers and Archives of all size and form, to discuss, debate and learn about the in-dept...


Decided to set up a Local Studies Blog to complement our website.


A city on the former Iron Curtain. Between 1918 and 1945, half million people had their identity Italianised, they were all indigenous Slavs born and bread in the Northeastern part of present-day Italy. Their history of suffering and persecution has never been narrated in Italian cinema or televisio...


Everyone knows pottery - vases, tableware, tiles and toilets just for example. There are several important branches of ceramics which are often forgotten - bricks for example - however, ceramic insulators played a vital role in the development of high-voltage electrical equipment, the 'National G...


I was lucky to take part in a two-day residency as a member of a small group from Stoke-on-Trent at the Science Museum in London in November 2014 as part of the Pararchive project. The first day we were able to have a look around the museum's reserve collection in Blythe House which is not open t...


My maternal grandfather, Kenrick James Lewington (Ken), lost his life on HMS Barham, when it was torpedoed on 25 November 1941. I've begun these threads, as I'm keen to glean more about Ken in the context of my own family history research, as well as to understand what the sinking meant for the Bri...


This yarn introduces my close family and some long term family friends, and the places where I have usually resided - key places from where I have visited others for far shorter periods. It is a central and personal yarn to be braided with others to enrich the story of my life, my family, my people...


This is a story about a small, but interesting church in Baildon, West Yorkshire. Its design, history, and where it is now.


This is a story, about the relationship between technology and fashion, written for the October 2012 edition of Leeds Digital Fashion Week…


John Madin was a highly active 20th Century architect, responsible for many iconic, and also much more workaday buildings.


"Thousands of years after the meteor struck, my grandfather was on the last of his seven pilgrimages to the Cube."


Brash space adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora...