New freelance services for museums and heritage, arts and cultural organisations

A quick post about my new freelance services. I’m offering: desk-based audience and content research analysis of audience research data editing and proofreading report writing; and writing and editing of interpretive text Please see the dedicated page on my website for more information. There’s a contact form there too for any enquiries. Image by Janko…

The earliest reference to a person of Chinese origin in Leicester?

The Chinese Giant Rummaging in the British Newspaper Archive has churned up a few more gems. Ostensibly seeking more information about Mr On Lee and his ‘Chinese oath’, I stumbled upon a reference to ‘The Chinese Giant’ (aka ‘Chang woo goo’). ‘Chang woo goo’ or Zhan Shicai to give him his accepted name today was,…

‘Orrible Victorian Deaths

I did a great webinar in the week organised by the British Newspaper Archive, on how to get the best from the BNA. I tried out some of the tips on searches of my home village (Ufford, nr Woodbridge, Suffolk) and found some great stories and several that are very sad and affecting. Those Victorians certainly reveled…

New Chinese Propaganda pages on the British Library website

Great news! The British Library now has an online guide to the Chinese Propaganda poster collection, which includes a downloadable list of posters with their shelfmarks, based on the catalogue I put together at the end of last year.    

Draft programme: The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now

The draft programme for the forthcoming Leicester Museum Studies Fiftieth Anniversary Conference is now available on the ‘Global Contemporary’ website (where you can also book a place). Me and Malika Kraamer will be presenting a paper – ‘Unplaced heritage: Making identity through fashion’ – on Wednesday, 20th April, which is based on the chapter we’re…

Academic activities: an update

In the last week I’ve: been on four trains; visited London and Sheffield; given two presentations; re-evaluated my future career plans; and eaten some fantastic food courtesy of the AHRC. Last Monday I travelled down to the British Library once more (but hopefully not for the last time) to hand over the final version of the catalogue…

‘Japanese Saris: Dress, Globalisation and Multiple Migrants’

The paper that Malika Kraamer and myself recently published in Textile History is finally available online [requires institutional access]. Based on primary research undertaken for the Cultural Olympiad exhibition, ‘Suits and Saris’, the paper looks at: … the phenomenon of Japanese saris — fashion-forward synthetic saris manufactured in Japan — and Leicester sari shop owners’ role in…

Revolutionary nian hua at the British Library

On a suitably ‘new year’ theme,* my blogpost about a set of revolutionary nian hua prints from 1950 has been posted to the British Library’s Asia and Africa blog. The image is a detail from Jian zheng huan xuan hao ren (建政懽選好人), ‘Good people happily select a government’, by ‘Wulejibatu’ (烏勒吉巴图) of Inner Mongolia (Neimeng, 内蒙]). Revolutionary nian…

Chinese propaganda posters and the thorny issue of copyright

Just popping by to mention that BICC has published a blog post by me on the thorny issue of Chinese propaganda posters and copyright, based on research I have been doing during my three month postdoc at the British Library.  I was surprised by the advice we were given with reference to digitisation and public…