Open Spaces Society fellowship at the MERL – penultimate update

My Open Spaces Society fellowship has come to its formal end, but I’m still working on some of the lines of research raised by the collection. We’re also still hoping to get the planned online exhibition of selected lantern slides up and running. Delays because of lockdown meant that there is a backlog of exciting …

Open Spaces Society Fellowship update 4: themes

The Open Spaces Society have now uploaded their lantern slides images to their website: http://images.oss.org.uk/ You can purchase hi-resolution copies of the images from their website. I’m still working my way through them all, classifying them and geo-locating them. The images are collated in themes, presumably in different boxes that were taken along to illustrate …

Open Spaces Society lantern slides locations update 3: the Wandle river, Surrey

The closest locations of the OSS lantern slides to where I live are Waddon Ponds and the ones marked ‘Wandle Mill’. The images are a bit vague, so I am still working out exactly from where they were taken. Wandle Mill was the manorial corn mill. Looking on the OS map, a large corn mill, …

Open Spaces Society lantern slides locations update 2: Whyteleafe

For an introduction to the OSS lantern slides project at MERL, read: https://historyofpublicspace.uk/my-oss-fellowship-at-merl-2021/ 13 February 2021 – Another of the more obvious locations in the lantern slides was listed as ‘Warlingham steps, Surrey’. This is Jacob’s Ladder, near Whyteleafe South station, Surrey. This is the same image on the lantern slide, a postcard titled ‘Field …

My OSS Fellowship at MERL 2021

The Open Spaces Society collection at the Museum of English Rural Life The lockdowns during the 2020-1 pandemic have highlighted the importance of access to open spaces for health and recreation. People’s daily walks or runs in their local areas gave them a new appreciation for even the smallest or seemingly mundane of sites, for …

call for submissions for Open Spaces Society symposium, 8 September, hosted by MERL now open

Wednesday 8 September 2021, 2pm-5pm , online Hosted by The Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading The Open Spaces Society is Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society. https://www.oss.org.uk/ The OSS collection at The Museum of English Rural Life includes over 1000 lantern slides from the period …

British Library Labs project Political Meetings Mapper

political meetings extracted from The Northern Star, 1837-1848 This was part of the British Library Labs digital scholarship project, ‘Political Meetings Mapper’ 2015: This table was extracted using code devised by Ben of the Digital Scholarship team of the British Library: https://blogs.bl.uk/digital-scholarship/2015/07/update-on-political-meetings-mapper.html We analyse the data and digital methods in: Adam Crymble and Katrina Navickas, …

Political meetings in Sheffield

For the UCL Bartlett Space Syntax project with Dr Sam Griffiths: updated 30 Dec 2020 abbreviations: ALCA = Anti Corn Law Association/League ANPL = Anti- New Poor Law Association 10 hours = Ten Hour working day campaign Abolition = abolition of slave trade/slavery campaign radical = democratic or universal suffrage movement reform = limited suffrage/property …