The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration

We’ve discovered some works by influential Victorian children’s illustrators in our special collections. The period from around 1880 to the early twentieth century was known as the Golden Age of children’s illustrated books. During the Victorian age literacy improved and children were encouraged to read for pleasure. Childhood was often romanticised in children’s books.

We have work by three prominent illustrators in our collection. Kate Greenaway was a trained graphic designer and artist who started her career designing holiday cards. She later specialised in illustrating children’s books. Many of her illustrations accompanied nursery rhymes and the characters she drew often wore Regency costumes.

Since 1955 CILIP has awarded an annual honorary medal in Kate Greenaway’s memory for outstanding illustration in a children’s book.

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A Day in a Child’s Life (1881) with music arranged by Myles B. Foster was illustrated by Greenaway. The songs tell the story of a child’s day from waking up to going to bed. The illustration of playtime shows the attention to detail and choice of delicate colours.

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Walter Crane was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and worked in collaboration with William Morris. He also drew highly colourful and detailed illustrations for nursery rhymes and children’s books.  The Baby’s Bouquet is a companion to his earlier book Baby Opera. Many of the rhymes are in French and German.

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The beautifully illustrated design below accompanies the rhyme Buy a Broom.

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The final item is In Fairy Land (1870) illustrated by Richard Doyle.  Doyle was involved with the Punch magazine for a number of years and designed the cover for the first edition.  He later illustrated children’s books and was fascinated by fairy tales.

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In Fairy Land was his most important work for children with its attention to detail and focus on the elf world.

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We hope you enjoyed this selection of items. If you’d like to view them or anything else in our collections, please get in touch to book a visit Records and Archives

^Posted on behalf of Caroline Blundell, Records and Archives

Post edited 17.6.19 to update link to Records and Archives centre.

Supporting you online

Librarians are here, even when they are not here!

Many of you may be familiar with the drop-in support offered by librarians via our Help Desks. Supporting your referencing or database search queries. Well, did you know the library also offers a CHAT facility and maintains a database of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)?

So, if you find you are at home, the Help desks are closed or it is a bank holiday and you cannot access a library in person, then remember your library is still here for you.

CHAT – If you want advice or help with any of the resources provided by BCU libraries, visit Live Chat to ask your question, staff are available 24/7. Enquiries could be answered by BCU staff or by a librarian from another university.

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FAQs – Want to know how to print from your laptop? Book a study room? Write a reference list? Request a book or journal article that the Library doesn’t have? For answers to all of these questions and many more, just go to FAQs, available now on the Library homepage.

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You can access both Chat and FAQs via the library website – online supports at your fingertips.

 

^Posted of behalf of Fid Bleasdale, Customer Services

Let’s Celebrate!

2019 has seen many aspects of Library & Learning Resource’s (L&LR) work recognised both by the University and externally.

At the start of 2019 L&LR retained the externally validated Customer Service Excellence Award. The Service is now compliant or compliant plus in all but one of the 57 elements.

As Enid Pryce-Jones, (Deputy Director L&LR) commented, “It is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all L&LR staff and the engagement of our partners in BCU – without them there would be no accreditation.”

 

In April it was fabulous to see colleagues from L&LR achieving recognition at BCU’s CFO Awards:

  • the Library Relocation Team won the CFO Portfolio Team Award for Student Transformation – relocating Education from City North’s Kenrick Library to Mary Seacole Library

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  • the Curzon Library Customer Services Team won in the Generosity of Spirit Award for their work helping students and staff who use BCU Library

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  • the Stock Management Team (Mary Seacole Library) were nominated in the Continuous Improvement Award category, and finally,
  • Colleagues from the L&LR Collections Team were nominated within the Student Transformation Award.

All fantastic achievements. “It really does prove what an excellent service we provide.” (L&LR SMT)

 

And there’s been more…

In the recent BCU Extra Miles Award 2018/2019 the Library Staff Team were shortlisted for the Team of the Year Award alongside a nomination for Librarian James Dean, shortlisted in the Professional Services Staff of the Year category.

Quite a year so far, I think you’ll agree, demonstrating that  “The L&LR work hard to meet customer needs and deliver services.” (L&LR SMT).

 

^Posted on behalf of Fid Bleasdale, Customer Services.

 

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.

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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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LIKE event – January 2019

We had another LIKE meeting on Wednesday 30th January. This is an informal get together of library staff, where we share visits, conferences and any other information that might be of interest to the team. We were joined this time by our former colleague Alison, who now works for the NHS library service. It was great to see her and hear the goings on in NHS library world!

We talked about lots of topics over the course of two hours, but briefly:

Space!

A hot topic in the university at the moment, we touched upon it when discussing visits to Nottingham Trent University, University of Birmingham, and a conference attended about digital and physical library spaces.

We talked about the different ways universities are using, monitoring and evaluating space, as well as how library space is used by different people.

We were also interested in seeing space monitoring solutions in action – systems that can tell if a space is being used, which can also then display that information on screens for library users.

We enjoyed Nottingham Trent’s roof garden and thought we could look at promoting our own for the University’s Go Green initiative.

Resources for health students

It was great having Alison in from the NHS. Health students on practice are usually able to register with their trust library, and get access to physical and electronic resources in addition to what they get with the university. Alison updated us on what students have access to, and we discussed how we can promote these services more to our placement students. We also talked about the impact various different changes to resource access within the NHS might have on the services we provide.

Presenting data

One conference attended was about statistics and stories. One thing we’ve often mentioned doing is following up some of our queries/sessions to get a sense of their usefulness in practice, and this is what Public Health England have done to assess the impact of their service on users. Another is using images to present data in a more visual, manageable way, which might be a good way of helping a wider audience digest some of our service/collection statistics.

And finally…

The library contributed to International Women’s Day on 8th March (but celebrated throughout the month) – this was discussed at the LIKE event.