Redmarley

The University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections is a cornucopia of extraordinary artefacts, from West African masks, to important twentieth century paintings. Redmarley (named after our new home) is a behind-the-scenes peek at what we are up to on a daily basis with photo's, videos, interviews and information about our upcoming events.

You can also visit our main website at www.rcc.bham.ac.uk

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    Exhibition: Terra Nova: Priestley and the Northern Party

    Post and exhibition by Jenny Lance

    Now on display, an exhibition of photographs from the Antarctic expedition Terra Nova highlights the endeavours of Raymond Edward Priestley and the Northern Party, who survived an Antarctic winter by digging a cave in the ice. The exhibition will be on show in the Bramall Music Building Foyer, ground floor and level 1, until the end of May.

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    George Murray Levick

    Northern Party at Cape Adare, 1911, Glass plate negative, Scott Polar Research Institute

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    South Window of University of Birmingham’s Great Hall: Civic pride in education

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    Designed by T R Spence (1845-1918)

    Great Hall Stained Glass Window. 1907, Research and Cultural Collections

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a new film by the local history publication History West Midlands.  In it, our own Clare Mullett, explores the history and iconography of the stained glass window in the University’s Great Hall.

    At first sight the magnificent window of The Great Hall in the Aston Webb building of the University of Birmingham appears ecclesiastical. It seems to represent saints and religious events. Closer inspection reveals that it proudly depicts the secular images of the academic disciplines taught here, the counties it serves and the family crests of some of Edwardian Birmingham’s leading families.

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    Focus on Curating

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    Focus on Curating is an exciting new volunteering project, for which we received funding from the Marches Network supported by the Arts Council. Our team of curatorial volunteers have attended an array of training sessions – from museum photography to object handling and interpretation – and have created their very own blog to record their experiences. They have been exploring our collections, researching fascinating objects which will feature on the blog and are currently developing an exciting education workshop programme.

    You can follow the volunteers on their journey by visiting their blog.

    Celebrating the birthday of Eduardo Paolozzi

    Post by Patrick Dandy

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    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005)

    Selection of works from BUNK!, Moonstrip Empire News, and Z.E.E.P., Research and Cultural Collections

    To celebrate the birthday of the late Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005), here at Research and Cultural Collections we’re focusing on an artist of world renown who was fascinated with popular culture, science and technology. A contemporary and friend of other groundbreaking artists such as Richard Hamilton and Nigel Henderson, many acknowledge him as the father of British Pop Art. Research and Cultural Collections is lucky enough to house a number of Paolozzi’s artworks within our collection, which can be seen throughout the University of Birmingham campus.

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    International Women’s Day: Dame Hilda Lloyd and the Birmingham Flying Squads

    Post by Anna Young

    In honour of International Women’s Day, we have chosen to highlight the story of an extraordinary woman linked to the RCC collections. Dame Hilda Lloyd was a pioneer in many senses. After becoming the first female professor at the University of Birmingham in 1944, she rose to become the first President of any Royal Medical College: the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1949. One of her many accomplishments was introducing the use of obstetrical ‘flying squads’ in Birmingham, which saved the lives of countless mothers and babies.

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    Sir Jacob Epstein (1880–1959) 

    Portrait bust of Dame Hilda Lloyd. Bronze, 1951, Research and Cultural Collections

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    LGBT Month: Noel Coward

    Post by Nadia Awal

    As February is LGBT History Month, we at Redmarley have decided to dedicate a blog post to Noel Coward (1899-1973).    Several objects in the Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art pertain to him, including ‘Portrait of Noel Coward’ by Clemence Dane (1888-1965). 

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    Clemence Dane

    Portrait of Noel Coward, oil on canvas, Research and Cultural Collections 

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    Event: RCC at Arts and Science Festival

    Post by Jenny Lance

    As the program for this year’s Arts and Science Festival has now been announced, here’s a look at what Research and Cultural Collections got up to last year!

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    Arts and Science Festival is a week-long celebration with a free programme showcasing culture, research and collaboration at the University of Birmingham. Last year’s festival featured talks, exhibitions, performances and more open to staff, students and the wider community. As part of the festival, Research and Cultural Collections hosted an exciting and eclectic range of events from cultural trails to pop-up museums.

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    Making Culture: New Ways of Reading Things – a review of a new University-wide module reviewed

    Post by Chloë Lund

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    In my final year (2012-13), I was amongst eleven University of Birmingham students who enrolled on a pilot MOMD entitled Making Culture: New Ways of Reading Things. The course encouraged students to critically engage with the material world by considering how objects make and reflect culture.

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    'In grateful memory…'

    Post by Nadia Awal

    To mark Remembrance Sunday, Research and Cultural Collections would like to dedicate a blog to those staff and students who served during World War One both on the battlefield and in the University’s grounds.

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    The Moor is on tour! The Moorish Ambassador, a beautiful painting which belongs to our Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art, is currently part of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Elizabeth I and Her People. In this video, Art Quarterly’s Editor, Charlotte Mullins, gives a virtual tour of this exciting exhibition. Keep your eyes peeled for our Moor! 

    Object in Focus: Abuja Pottery

    To mark Black History Month 2013, Research and Cultural Collections and the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) have collaborated to curate a new Object in Focus display.

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    Post by Dr Stewart Brown

    Coordinated by Nadia Awal

    These beautiful Abuja pots are fascinating examples of cultural exchange and artistic cross-fertilisation between Africa and Europe.

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    Object in Focus: A Humument

    In response to our new temporary exhibition BABEL by DASA academic Dr Stewart Brown, we are highlighting a particular influence on the artist from the RCC collection, A Humument by Tom Phillips. BABEL is displayed in the rotunda space of the Aston Webb building; please see on campus for more details.

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    Tom Phillips

    A Humument, 1973, Screenprint, Research and Cultural Collections

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    A Campus Curiosity?

    Post by Anna Young

    The spotlight falls this month on Faraday and its appearance in the June/July edition of the University of Birmingham’s magazine, Buzz.  A new monthly feature, Campus Curiosities, will highlight the hidden - or, in this case, not so hidden - gems in the University museums and collections.

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    Paolozzi, Eduardo (1924-2005)

    Faraday, 2000, Bronze, Research and Cultural Collections

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi said of this colossal bronze sculpture, commissioned to mark the centenary of the University of Birmingham’s Royal Charter, that it was ‘not of Faraday, but for him’.

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    Congratulations graduates of 2013!

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    Ede & Ravenscroft

    Ceremonial Robes of Dr. Twiss, Scarlet hood with grey shot lining, black gown with long embroidered lapels and a doctoral hat complete with large black ostrich feather, Research and Cultural Collections

    Institution of the Rubber Industry

    Colwyn Medal, presented in 1935, Gold, Research and Cultural Collections

    Post by Nadia Awal

    To celebrate your successes, we have decided to commemorate two prominent alumni of the University by sharing their ceremonial garb, which forms part of our University Heritage Collection. The Collection houses a selection of beautiful textiles, including the graduation robes of Dr Douglas Frank Twiss and Elnora Ferguson.

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    Father’s Day with the Beale Family

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    Post by Anna McCaskie

    Father’s Day has got Research and Cultural Collections thinking about fathers and sons within the University of Birmingham and naturally the Beale’s came to mind. Three generations of the Beale family have played large parts within the history of the University of Birmingham and their commemorative portraits form part of RCC’s Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art.

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