In May I visited Projecting British Design at Manchester University Special Collections department. I had read quite a bit about it beforehand and I was very excited after adopting a slide last year from the collection to be actually going to see them in real life. The Visual Resources Collection was moved from Manchester School of Art into the Special Collections last year after a period of uncertainty and I hope it will be kept safe and more exhibitions of them can be shown in the future.
As I wasn’t a student of MMU or the library, I had to ask to be let in to see the collection. I felt very secretive in the lift.
I love slides and my eyes couldn’t take in how many there were and all the different things that were on them. Look at those teddies and that man doing very important work. Each one is a small art piece containing places, objects and people all in a certain time, doing and seeing things.
Top- Items of ceramic tableware in ‘Stonehenge’ shape designed by Roy Midwinter and decorated with ‘Sun’ pattern designed by Eve Midwinter.1978
Bottom- ‘Piazza’ Plastic coated fabric designed by Edward Pond for Bernard Wardle (Everflex) Ltd, 1958.
Slides of toys and dolls seemed to be the most appealing to me. I kept looking for them as I went.
Very nice settees and more dolls and toys.
I think this was my most favourite slide and I hope one day to own some cosmopolitan acrylic teeth.
I really enjoyed my visit and there was so much to see, I could have stayed there for hours, days even. I hope they are shown again in the future as they are a treat and hold so much history.
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