History

Streetview new? How they did it in the 1940’s…

Taken between 1939 and 1940, this is a really impressive historical, location referenced photo-archive of NYC – marking the point of emergence for a new world in the coming decades, but shaded with modernism even then. The Works Progress Administration collaborated with the New York City Tax Department to collect photographs of every building in...

Smithsonian Open Access – we had to sit down…

In the U.S. the Smithsonian Institution has created an Open Access resource of staggering diversity. Update July 2020: If you are interested in furniture, specifically in growing your own furniture – check out this fabulous article on the BBC web pages – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32977012 “Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the...

Writing: Making Your Mark

An exhibition at The British Library – Writing: Making Your Mark Fri 26 Apr – Tue 27 Aug 2019    Book your tickets here PACCAR 1, The British Library,  96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB “Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents Follow the...

Into the library vortex…

We have, with our new Libraries news-feed page, given our readers the opportunity to keep up with latest news from across the UK. We are rotating our topical feeds across University libraries, feminist collections and featuring, as we must, the go to public library resource, PLN. Library image by Jaredd Craig… Check our our Libraries...

Victorian throw-aways…

In London on the 26th? After the hyper-consumerism of the recent festive season, were you the one carrying the old wrapping paper, used tinfoil and discarded detritus to the rubbish bin? We follow in a long tradition, arguably in the foot steps of the Victorians, who were the first ‘throw-away society’ according to Dr. Tom...

Distances travelled and a New Year

We are always excited about books and book production in the conversationsEast office. In 2016 we seemed to have a very ‘bookish’ year all in all. We enjoyed a visit to Seven Stories in Newcastle to look at the development of an author and the creation of the written artefact through the work of Michael...

Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica – a reissue

Article update: 12.11.2016 1,076 backers pledged 56,504 euros to help bring this project to life, exceeding the original campaign target  of 35,000 euros. Brilliant. This must be the Enlightenment project of the year. On the eve of 2017, the 330th anniversary of the publication of Isaac Newton’s Principia (Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica), a small publishing...

Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016

It’s that time of year again. We are packing our notebooks, pencils and cameras for a series of editorial visits, as usual, to the Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016. 22nd October till the 12th November 2016. ”The Chelmsford Ideas Festival aims to stimulate and inspire people through a set of innovative events, talks and workshops”. With...

Soldiers and trauma in any conflict…

      On 9th February RSA Chelmsford Fellows and Civic Society members listened to presentations by Air Vice Marshall Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes from Anglia Ruskin University’s Veterans and Families Institute. Professor Hacker Hughes is President Designate of the British Psychological...

Chelmsford Remembers
– Mental Health and the Armed Forces

As part of the Fellow led Chelmsford Remembers Project there is an upcoming joint meeting of RSA Chelmsford and The Civic Society at Anglia Ruskin University , Chelmsford. Date: Monday 9th February, 2015 – 5.45pm for 6.00pm start Venue: Room 001, The Sawyer Building, Anglia Ruskin University. We are very pleased to announce that our...