We have selected a number of informational links that relate to the broad span of our expertise and interests.
The first section of links relate to writing, the arts and humanities, museums and galleries, publishing, typography, design, and cartooning.
One might argue the second section is a little idiosyncratic yet it’s what makes these links worth discovering.
The Ephemera Society is one of our great favourites. You, like us, might find the article about the history of claocarum (Latin for “down the drains”) or better known as hard toilet paper! Go to http://www.ephemera-society.org.uk/articles/cloacopapyrology.html
The Victorian Turkish Bath is the brainchild of Malcolm Shifrin, who has spent his retirement years unearthing the history and development of this once most ubiquitous of public facilities. Just take a peek inside his website and you won’t be disappointed.
As for a Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down – nuff said!
National Archives / National Register of Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Society of Authors http://www.societyofauthors.net/
Writers & Artists: an Insiders Guide to the Media https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/
Design Council, London http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
The British Library http://www.bl.uk/
The National Gallery, London http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
Victoria and Albert Museum, London https://www.vam.ac.uk/
Design Museum, London https://designmuseum.org/
The British Museum, London http://www.britishmuseum.org/
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford http://www.ashmolean.org/
Tate, London http://www.tate.org.uk/
National Portrait Gallery, London http://www.npg.org.uk/
Courtauld Institute of Art, London http://courtauld.ac.uk/
Wallace Collection, London http://www.wallacecollection.org/
London College of Communication, University of the Arts http://www.arts.ac.uk/lcc/
Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/
Camberwell College of Art, London http://www.arts.ac.uk/camberwell/
Winchester College of Art http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wsa/index.page
Arts University Bournemouth https://aub.ac.uk/
Glasgow School of Art, Scotland http://www.gsa.ac.uk/
The Cartoon Museum, London http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
The Political Cartoon Gallery, London http://www.original-political-cartoon.com/cartoon-gallery/
BBC Arts Arts from the BBC.
Clipperdown Books Books for the specialist: Pre-1939 Mountaineering, Angling, Vintage Detective, Victorian Boys Books.
Codex The Journal of Letterforms.
Design is History A teaching tool for young designers just beginning to explore graphic design and a reference tool for all designers.
Dictionary.com Find the meanings and definitions of words, and antonyms and synonyms.
Ephemera Society of Great Britain The Ephemera Society is a non-profit body concerned with the collection, conservation, study and educational uses of handwritten and printed ephemera.
http://www.pinetreeweb.com/B-P.htm Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World
Historical Thesaurus of English The Historical Thesaurus of English is a unique resource charting the semantic development of the huge and varied vocabulary of English.
I Love Typography It does what it says on the typeface.
The Chap The Chap takes a wry look at the modern world through the steamed-up monocle of a more refined age, occasionally getting its sock suspenders into a twist at the unspeakable vulgarity of the twenty-first century.
http://www.victorianturkishbath.org/ The Victorian Turkish Bath: its origin, development, and gradual decline
Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers Leading specialists in eighteenth and, particularly nineteenth century English literature and history.
http://www.handlebarclub.co.uk/index.php The Handlebar Club is an international club for men with handlebar moustaches. Founded in 1947 and still going strong.
Mass Observation Archive The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981.
http://www.jewish-heritage-uk.org/ Jewish Heritage UK
http://www.clipperdownbooks.co.uk/ Pre-1939 Mountaineering, Angling, Vintage Detective, and Victorian Boys Books.
The Old Bailey online A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.
Heywood Hill A literary landmark in its own right, generations of writers, readers and collectors from across the English-speaking world have loved our little shop as an outpost of civilisation and a place where good writing and beautiful books really matter.
Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down It does what it says on the biscuit packet – honest.
People’s History Museum, Manchester National centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.
Pinterest Book Design and Typography Pinterest of book design and typography.
Publishing Perspectives The online journal of international publishing news and opinion that’s been called “the BBC of the book world.”
The Bookseller The Bookseller has been the business magazine of the book industry since 1858; incorporating the even earlier Bent’s Literary Advertiser, established in 1802. It is one of the UK’s longest-standing magazines.
Time Out The ultimate Guide to all things London.
If you have a link that you think we add a little spice please let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome your suggestions.