What happened to the crew of the Titanic?

titanicRMS Titanic, of the White Star Line, sunk on her maiden voyage to New York on 15th April 1912.  We often hear the stories of the passengers of the Titanic, and the differences between 3rd class and 1st class, but if the fate of the crew of the ship has ever crossed your mind, then a volume produced by the List and Index Society might go some ways to enlightening you.  The authors of the book have looked at crew records in the National Archives to piece together what happened to the crew members who survived (4 out of 5 lost their lives).

Violet_Jessop_sOne stewardess, Violet Jessop, went on to survive yet another shipping disaster, when she subsequently served on board HMHS Britannic.  In 1916 this ship hit a mine laid by a U-boat; although Jessop did make it to a life-boat she hit her head on the keel of the ship in the process (p.10).

A collection of personal stories, and a tool for further research, this volume is available for use in SCOLAR.

Cronan, James & Dempsey, Janet (2011) ‘Ship lost’: the fate of Titanic’s crew.  Kew: National Archives (List and Index Society; vol 343).
ISBN: 9781906875282
Classmark: Folio DA25.EA (History Research Collection, SCOLAR, ASSL)

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The Great Unfrocked!

UnfrockedThis title has appeared amongst the many donations we receive each year that particularly caught my eye.  More sinners than saints, Times Columnist Matthew Parris’ book looks at the colourful history of some of Britain’s clerics. Whilst more modern misdemeanours and scandals may make the front pages of the tabloids today, Parris illustrates that these scandals are no recent phenomena!

This witty and humorous book regales scandalous tales of the Reverend Roger Holmes, the self-declared ‘Knicker vicar of North Yorkshire’, the patron St. George of England and many more.

From the dust jacket we learn the secrets behind ‘Pope Joan, exposed as a woman before a crowd of thousands when she gave birth riding a horse … And we discover what drove the notorious Rector of Stiffkey, the ‘prostitutes’ padre’, who exhibited himself in a barrel on Blackpool promenade and died denouncing the Archbishop of Canterbury in the jaws of Freddie the circus lion in Skegness’.

Parris, Matthew (1998) The Great unfrocked: two thousand years of scandal.  London: Robson Books.
ISBN: 1861051298
Classmark: BV4392.5.P2 (Bute)

The predecessor to this book ‘Great Parliamentary Scandals’ is currently on order for ASSL

Picasso and modern art

HepworthWhen walking along Corbett Road past the Music department you may have noticed a large metal sculpture situated outside the building. This is by the British scupltress, Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) who is one of the greats of the modern art movement in Britain.  She visited Picasso in 1933, along with her husband, Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), and it is apparent that both artists were influenced and inspired by what they saw at his studio.

Picasso book
Picasso & modern British Art looks at the importance of Picasso’s influence on the British art scene. Compiled to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at Tate Britain (Feb-July 2012) and later the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (August-November 2012); it also features several artists who were central to Modern British Art, including Nicholson, Moore, Sutherland and Hockney. “Individual artists appreciated Picasso well before his significance was more widely understood. In this sense, artists act as the agents for other artists, helping them to infiltrate a broader consciousness.” (Foreword)
If you missed the exhibition last year, the book is an excellent catch up on British Art and the influence of Picasso, and has a wide selection of colour illustrations.

Beechey, James & Stephens, Chris (2012, eds.) Picasso & Modern British Art. London: Tate Publishing.
ISBN: 9781854378903
Classmark: Folio ND813.P4.P4 (ASSL)