Archive users feature in Birmingham's Art & Science Festival

Do you know about the University of Birmingham's Art and Science Festival, due to be held 14-20 March 2016? Two of the events are led by people who've used our archives.

On Tuesday 15 March, artist and PhD student Becky Howson will lead a short workshop introducing participants to the historic collections held at Winterborne and some of the basic processes involved in letterpress printing. Becky is interested in exploring the role that printing has played in cultural memory, and creates works inspired by collections, archives and printed ephemera. She's currently using the archives to research the Birmingham School of Printing under Leonard Jay's leadership (1926-52). 

The second event will be held at Birmingham School of Art on Thursday 17 March, when artist Justin Wiggan will launch Absconditi Viscus, a series of five sound pieces embedded into the fabric of the building at Margaret Street that have been inspired by Justin's use of the minute books in our archives to research the history of the School during the First World War. How did these four years of social and political upheaval affect the staff and students, and the uses to which the building was put? The sound files he's produced give a flavour of his response to the records. They are accessible only through QR codes, and visitors will be invited to use their smart phones to access them.

Why not book a ticket for one of these?