Artlink is very excited to announce that we will be hosting a celebration event for International Womens Day. The fortnight of programming will celebrate the many facets that make up womanhood and will span from International Women’s Day to Mother’s Day (9-21 March).
This year we are working alongside Hull Libraries to select books on a range of topics including motherhood, art, gender studies, and more! The books will be on loan to us and will be available to read and enjoy in the gallery. To coincide with the book categories, we will be hosting a range of events from lectures to craft workshops, as well as inviting you to participate through social media. A timeline of events will be available shortly with the full listings.
To lead up to the events, I will be writing a series of posts focusing on different elements of the programme. This week, I’d like to share our visit to Hull Central Library.
When I contacted Hull Libraries about working to curate the book selection, they kindly invited our staff to visit the ‘Stack’, which is where the books that are not on full time display are kept. There are numerous stacks throughout the building, housing all kinds of texts from newspapers and maps to family Bibles and works of fiction.
One highlight was learning about the LLoyd’s Register, a ledger of all of the ships that have come through the docks in Hull (founded in 1760) that is kept as a collection of annual volumes.
Becky, our generous guide, excitedly shared her favourite parts and told us of how she is working to organise the collection — a big undertaking!
Midway through our tour, we stopped to have a look at the books that are being pulled for the Womens Day celebration. On their own little trolley were an assortment of works on influential women and big ideas. Becky had gathered books we had requested, and also added some of her own choices.
We finished the tour off with a visit to the special reference collection and the James Reckitt Room, which now houses the Ferens Art Book collection as well as a very significant collection of books on Napoleon.
This visit felt like the perfect way to kick off our celebration. I think it’s only appropriate that we begin by celebrating Becky, who has shared a significant part of Hull with us through her knowledge and passion for books and history. She has kick-started the conversations that will continue through her selections and we want to thank her for her generosity.
We want to encourage you to visit the library, and to chat with the librarians about what you’d like to know more about, as we learned first hand there’s a world of knowledge behind the scenes!