Forever Green

Spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our gardens.

We’ve chosen some items from our special collections with a garden theme.  All of the items are from our collection of art treasures.


This delightful image is of a design for Attingham Park, Shropshire by Humphrey Repton.  Repton was a landscape gardener in the eighteenth century, widely considered to be the successor to Capability Brown. He produced a series of Red Books to show clients what he envisaged for their park. The books are beautifully illustrated with watercolours and explanatory notes. The pictures have overlays to show ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the park.

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Collection Spotlight: Vogue Archives

A collection spotlight

The Vogue Archive is a database which allows you to search the back issues of Vogue. Search by company/brand, fashion item, photographer/illustrator, person pictured, and more!

This is a fantastic resource which will be really useful to our fashion/art/visual communication students.

Vogue Archive

Access this database via the red library tile on iCity -> links -> find resources -> A-Z of Resources.


a-n The Artists Information Company

Attention art students!

Take advantage of FREE student access of a-n through Birmingham City University.

a-n is really important for art students as it offers great resources and information as they study as well as when they become new graduates”.


Students sign up via to receive a package of benefits:

  • Online community. Connect with other students, artists and arts organisers, with tools for blogging, collecting, conversing.
  • Resources. Plentiful early career advice and professional guides, profiles, contracts, research, toolkits, plus archives.
  • Jobs and opps. Full access to listings to learn about the environment for work and find opportunities.
  • Events. Invites to artists’ events for networking and professional development.

^Posted on behalf of Janice Wright

Trial of extra content within Passport (Euromonitor)

Keynote, who are a sister company of Mintel and one of our eresources,will  no longer be updating the Market Reports on their database  – so we are looking at sources of extra content as alternatives.

We have  taken out a trial for Passport Industrial from Euromonitor – (after logging on via Athens, select Birmingham City University on the right hand side if necessary, enter your details – when in the site click on the ‘Economies tab ‘ at the top to find the ‘Industrial’ link).

passport extra content

For any feedback about these trials please contact Carol Price,Liaison Librarian, Learning and Teaching and Linda Garratt. Liaison Librarian Collection Management.

Trial of DETAIL inspiration until 17 June 2016

We have set up a trial to DETAIL inspiration – an architectural image database  – you can look at it on-campus here

“DETAIL inspiration, the database for architects is a new image and reference database with more than 2,400 projects from the last 30 years of DETAIL. The integrated search function, with numerous filters, allows your students and teaching staff to find precisely the right information. Each project described in the database is accompanied by DETAIL project documents, which can be downloaded as PDFs”

Please send any comments on this trial to Hugh Morgan,  Assistant Liaison Librarian – Collections Management.