I was immediately distracted, by Jack (one of the team at the record office), resembling something between Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and a circus ring master in a rather warm but fetching outfit...
Venues and dates have been secured for the Near Belonging exhibition. There’s now a really comprehensive tour in place with just one set of dates still to be confirmed.
I’m very excited to share the news that we’ll be holding an outdoor screening at the record office itself in Warwick in September.
We’ve recently held the test screening so participants and close friends of the project could see, and share feedback on, the first edit.
This is more a pictures than words update, as the merged new and old portraits are now all complete and have been shared with participants, so I’d love to share them here too
The Near Belonging group meeting at Warwickshire County Record Office has been making what I suggested could be called ‘archive box homes’.
I loo for the youngest, oldest, most decayed, most unusual, most striking images. My selection was roughly representative but also inevitably personal.
Near Belonging has evolved unusually, in that the activity has happened simultaneously in three groups
Part of the ‘adoption’ process for participants has been having their portrait made in a similar pose or style to the archive image. Very few people like having their photograph ...
This month is all about sharing and being brave, which is why I’m finally publishing thoughts and experiences from the project here, online.
Some of the photography archives at Warwickshire County Record Office are going to be the centrepiece for a new creative project with the public and volunteers, devised by artist Faye Claridge.
Since September, I’ve been working alongside Proud Youth group who are based in Leamington Spa. The group, supported by Warwickshire Pride, is around thirty LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus) young people, aged 12-18.
Hi, James here. I am currently taking my PhD at the University of Liverpool, where I focus on gender-nonconformity in pagan Anglo-Saxon England, which was much more prevalent and respected than you would imagine, but that’s another question for another time
Socially Engaged Art with its collaborative approaches usually includes a fair bit of negotiation and lots (and lots) of chatting!
All the projects I’m involved in are driven by an endless curiosity about the social uses of art and a fascination about the relationship between collaboration and creativity. I always work alongside other people, often communities drawn together by their location, shared experiences or interests.
I like the idea of the archive as a beehive or giant bird house- with local histories flying in and out and we’ll use this as a starting point for the artwork. I’m interested in the role of the archive in the community.
It's safe to say 2020 has been an... interesting year
The Midland Colliery Owners’ Mutual Indemnity Company (MCOMIC) database was compiled from a series of 26 compensation registers held at Warwickshire County Record Office.
As you may know, we have been setting up the digital space for our remote volunteers to begin transcribing the compensation registers in our collection.
We’d like you to vote on your favourite object from our top ten. Read this post to find out how!
As Warwickshire County Record Office is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, we decided that those days would be the perfect opportunity to get our bearings and determine the scale of the collection.
We’re getting more and more excited here about our top 10 objects at the museum. Tomorrow (10th January), we’re starting the countdown on social media of the objects themselves, so keep an eye on our social media channels.
It's been another busy year with projects, articles, photos a-plenty, and favourites to choose. Not forgetting a tinselled cat.
Greetings from the Warwickshire half of the Mining the Seams project team! Katie and Beck have just finished their first few weeks on the project. Here are their experiences so far,