A weekend of Objects: Tolson Museum in Huddersfield

This weekend I went to Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. Little did I know that my short visit would be filled by encounters with interesting objects! From the moment I stepped off the train I was greeted at the station by a dismantled parlour attached to the foyer wall. There is a lovely playfulness about this public art display. Objects were either photographs of an original (wall mounted candle holder, female bust) or the actual object (chair, table, grandfather clock, flowers).

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Discriminating Fossils – the crystal models belonging to the Watt family, c.1800

by Jane Insley (curator) and Valerie McCathern (volunteer; this project was Valerie’s fault, so she is co-author!) Science Museum, London. Image One: Watt workshop The Science Museum has recently opened a new permanent exhibition about the 18th century steam pioneer James Watt. This had two main aims – one, the redisplay in public view of the garret workshop James Watt set up in Heathfield, his retirement home, and the other, to make more sense of the huge steam engines in

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Studying Nineteenth Century Media: Marking the Shift from ‘Reader’ to ‘User’

Clare Horrocks, Liverpool John Moores University C.L.Horrocks@ljmu.ac.uk The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age by James Mussell, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, vii + 232 pages, illustrated, £55 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-230-23553-3 In this much-awaited volume on the impact of the digital age on our study of the nineteenth century press, James Mussell is able to demonstrate how the traditional monograph no longer serves the professional needs of the academy (xi).  Identifying a new era for research he asserts that there are

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Not-reading: the Burden of the Book

Maria Damkjær, King’s College London maria.damkjaer@kcl.ac.uk How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain, by Leah Price, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012, ix + 350 pages, illustrated, £19.95 (hardback), ISBN: 9780691114170 The dust jacket of Leah Price’s book is dominated by an image of cannibalised printed pages, cut and twisted into paper flowers. This, and the title How to Do Things with Books, might lead the reader to think that Price is writing about material books and

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A Walking Tour of London’s Forgotten Model Lodging Houses?

Jane Hamlett and Rebecca Preston Everyday, across London, thousands of people pass by hundreds of homes for the poor erected by Victorian philanthropists. Their exteriors often impress, but some are less noticeable, and probably very few Londoners realise what went on inside them. Last summer, equipped with contemporary maps and illustrations, Jane Hamlett, Lesley Hoskins and Rebecca Preston from Royal Holloway’s ESRC-funded At Home in the Institution Project set out on a London street walk to rediscover some of these

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