MS 69 The Desht Collection
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by Thomas Carmichael
3w ago
Special Collections is happy to announce that our new manuscript collection, the Desht collection, is now available for consultation. In 2006 documentary photographer Martin Desht accepted a teaching residency at Queen’s University Belfast. During this time, he toured Belfast extensively, photographing as he went. The results of this residency became the exhibit A Certain Peace: Acceptance and Defiance in Northern Ireland. Desht’s interest in photography first began in the 1980’s, while he was working onboard the SV Harvey Gamage, a schooner, off the coast of New England. He soon came to speci ..read more
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Story Threads: Creative Readings Exhibition
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by Natasha Kennedy
1M ago
This exhibition, situated on the Ground Floor of the McClay, celebrates student creativity and the ability to interpret Latin American short stories through textile making. The course in which students make the textiles seeks to foment an awareness that we live entangled lives, that our choices impact on those individuals and environments far from us, and that literature and textiles have a particular way of speaking these realities. Tatiana Lobo, whose short stories are central to our studies, was Chilean by birth but naturalised Costa Rican. She is one of a growing group of Latin American ..read more
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MS 78 The Watt Collection
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by Thomas Carmichael
1M ago
Special Collections at Queen’s University is pleased to announce that we have a new manuscript collection ready for viewing. MS 78, The Watt Collection, are the personal papers of Samuel Watt, a QUB graduate who went on to become deeply involved with the Northern Ireland Labour Party throughout the 1950’s and 60’s. The collection comprises several thousand documents relating to his time as a party activist, his unsuccessful attempts to stand for the party in several elections, his time in London where he founded the Ulster Labour Group and a great deal more. The history of the Northern Ireland ..read more
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Bunting Manuscript 29
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by Louisa Costelloe
2M ago
MS 4/29 Captain Magan & Creamonea Many people have heard of Edward Bunting and his unique manuscript collection held in Special Collections at Queen’s University. What is perhaps less well known is that the most important manuscript in this collection is Manuscript 29 or MS 4/29. It is a rather unassuming and humble notebook to look at but contains a wealth of information about the music the harpers at the Belfast harpers’ meeting (Belfast Harp Festival, 1792) played, also the harps they played on and the technique they used to play them. While the gathering of musicians was intended to re ..read more
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Work Experience @QUB Library
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by Kath Stevenson
4M ago
For my school’s week of work experience, I was lucky enough to gain a work placement at the Queen’s University libraries, which was a really exciting opportunity for me to see how an academic library works, and the various roles it contains. On my arrival to the McClay, I was met by Jacqueline and was shown around the whole library, including the beautiful C.S. Lewis Room, before starting off on the ground floor at the main desk. Despite initially being a bit nervous, the staff all put me at my ease and I learnt a lot about how the system worked, as well as how staff respond to queries on the ..read more
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‘The World Administered By Irishmen’ – book launch and exhibition
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by admin
5M ago
Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast, 2023 The World Administered By Irishmen: The Life and Times of Robert Hart and Contemporary Irish in East Asia by Robin Masefield was published earlier this year and launched at the McClay Library on 29th September 2023. The book can be obtained from local booksellers, purchased online through Blackstaff Press, or purchased online through Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast. The World Administered by Irishmen is a widely-researched book, published by Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s Universit ..read more
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Newly digitised: Cara-Friend Annual Reports 1971-2005
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by admin
7M ago
We are delighted to make Cara-Friend annual reports, 1971-2005 available on QUB Digital Special Collections & Archives. Cara-Friend was established in 1974 as “a voluntary counselling, befriending and information organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual persons, or anyone for whom same-sex orientation is of concern, including parents of gay and lesbian children”. (Cara Friend No. 31, 2004-2005) The organisation continues its work in 2023. The Cara-Friend website summarises current activities, including provision of: LGBTQI+ Inclusive Business Charter LGBTQI+ Youth Services Trans ..read more
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Newly digitised: MS 4/5 Edward Bunting’s Irish Airs
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by admin
7M ago
We have added another Bunting manuscript to our online collection. MS 4/5 is a 80 pp. volume of Irish airs collected between 1805 and 1810. The first tune in the volume is Mábla Shéimh Iní Cheallaigh, which was composed by Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738). The tune can be heard here, played by Conor Caldwell on his 2018 album To Belfast ..read more
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Cuban Handmade Books by Ediciones Vigía
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by admin
7M ago
On display this summer at QUB Special Collections is a selection of hand-crafted books, all made between 1994-1996 by Cuban artisans from Ediciones Vigía in Matanzas. Ediciones Vigía was an artisanal press, founded by Rolando Estévez, that published exquisite books crafted from everyday supplies during some of Cuba’s most dire economic periods. The books on display demonstrate an interaction between word and image through use of recycled materials and provide the reader with a multisensory experience by means of popup illustrations, moveable parts, and scrolls. The topics explored include hi ..read more
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Clavicula Salomonis- The Key of Solomon (MS 27/10/20)
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by admin
8M ago
We’re delighted to have recently digitised and uploaded the library’s copy of the Clavicula Salomonis to our Digital Special Collections and Archives. Figures from MS 27/10/20 The Clavicula Salomonis (The Key of Solomon, also sometimes known as The Greater Key of Solomon) is a pseudepigraphical grimoire, or book of spells, which was ostensibly written by King Solomon. King Solomon was regarded as a master of all forms of secret knowledge, enshrining this in the features of his temple, and occult philosophers of the time often prided themselves on being the custodians and proponents of higher ..read more
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