Welcome to the Library Treasures

The aim of this blog is to showcase items from the Library Treasures which is currently housed within the records office at City North campus. To find out more about the collection or to arrange a visit contact hugh.morgan@bcu.ac.uk

BIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) is steeped in a rich history that dates back to 1843.  It’s a history that has encompassed its formative years as the Birmingham School of Art, to its association with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, to its modern incarnation spread across various sites as part of Birmingham City University.

For over 150 years, creative talent has been nurtured at BIAD covering fields across the artistic spectrum.

Some of the material that has helped inspire that talent over the years can be found in the varied collection known as the Library Treasures.

Over the course of the blog, we’ll highlight snippets from the Library Treasures and cover a wide range of themes to reflect the diversity of the collection.  Expect scenes from Victorian London, miraculous medicine, flying fairies, Birmingham buildings, fish out of water, and maybe even the odd flying monkey or two.

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