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Read, Watch and Listen

Bust of Jeremy Brett

This fibreglass sculpture is painted to resemble bronze. The sculpture is most likely of Brett, but the resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch is uncanny. The artist is unknown.

Sherlock Holmes in Advertising

The image of Sherlock Holmes is recognised worldwide. Since the 1900s advertisers have used Sherlock Holmes to sell products ranging from Velox car tyres to Burberry clothing.

Bust of Napoleon

This white marble bust of Napoleon was used in Richard Lancelyn Green's re-creation of 221B Baker Street. It is a reference to ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’ where Sherlock Holmes pursues a criminal intent on stealing and smashing open busts of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military leader.

Souvenir of the Reichenbach Falls

This wooden box is from the Reichenbach Falls in Meiringen, Switzerland where Holmes fought Moriarty in ‘The Final Problem’ and was thought to have died. The box contains two phials: one filled with water and one with earth collected from the Reichenbach Falls.

Persian Slipper

Persian slippers are often collected by Holmes fans, especially when they re-create Holmes’ rooms for their own 221B Baker Street. This is because in The Musgrave Ritual Watson says Holmes ‘keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, [and] his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper’.

'The Blue Carbuncle' Fan Art

The stories of Sherlock Holmes continue to inspire creative artworks. This is a fan illustration of 'The Blue Carbuncle' by Kayla Kinoo (2015).

Dream Time

“The more time you spend in ‘dream time’ living in your head where the story is, imagining how the people involved would feel – then you can lose yourself utterly in the story. That’s what I try to do.” Michael Morpurgo

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Kensuke's Kingdom

A young visitor to Seven Stories explores Michael’s notebooks for Kensuke’s Kingdom (1999), one of over 150 books Michael has written for children. Michael wrote the story after he received a letter from a fan asking him to write a story about a boy stranded on a desert island.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Michael and his illustrators

A Storycatcher engages with visitors in the Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime of Stories gallery. The exhibition has a section dedicated to illustrators of Michael's books, where artwork by Sir Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman and Patrick Benson is on display.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Michael Morpurgo

Award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo visits the exhibition at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. AHRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership Research Associate Dr Jessica Medhurst has been exploring Michael’s archive and supporting Seven Stories’ curators.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Michael's orange notebooks

Orange school notebooks are an important repository for Michael's first ideas and drafts. On the cover of this Private Peaceful (2003) notebook, Michael notes how many words he's written each day as he develops the story.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Original manuscripts

Visitors have the opportunity to view handwritten drafts and typescripts from Listen to the Moon (2014), which tells the story of Lucy, a young girl who is washed up on the Scilly Isles during World War One, unable to speak. The novel explores the power of communication and the threat of silence.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

War Horse

Michael’s handwritten draft of Chapter 8 of War Horse (1982), on display for the first time in the Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition. The displays show how the story evolved from first draft to publication of the book, to adaptation for the National Theatre and Steven Spielberg film scripts.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Victoria Donovan, University of St Andrews

Victoria Donovan, based at the University of St Andrews, is a cultural historian of Russia whose research explores local identities, heritage politics, and the cultural memory of the Soviet past in twenty-first century Russia. Her new project explores patriotic identity in Putin’s Russia. She is also working on a project that looks at the connections between mining communities in South Wales and Eastern Ukraine.

Child Labour Free Street Art

Child Labour Free Street Art - This mural was completed as part of the Shoreditch Art Wall and supported the launch of the UK branch of the organisation, Child Labour Free. It was revealed on the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th June 2016 alongside the sale of limited edition t-shirts with the designs of the mural. The proceeds of this went to the development of the Child Labour Free child care centre, which helps children in red light districts in Kolkata, India.

Artist: Victoria Villasana and Zabou.

Country: United Kingdom.

Rights: Image courtesy of Maureen Barlin and Shoreditch Street Art Tours.

Find out more by visiting http://rightsandjustice.nottingham.ac.uk/items/show/91.


Release - This mural is part of the ‘Handle with Care Project’, a Dallas-based organisation that is dedicated to fighting slavery through the arts.  'Release' is the central piece in a city-wide mural project 'Deface a Wall Not a Body'. The birds that are released in this mural are then painted all around Dallas. The birds symbolise survivors being released from captivity and rebuilding their lives over time.

Artist: James Bullough.

Country: USA.

Rights: Image courtesy of James Bullough.

Find out more by visiting http://rightsandjustice.nottingham.ac.uk/items/show/93.

#Bring Back Our Girls

#Bring Back Our Girls - The piece supports the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, which raised awareness of the kidnap of 276 Chibok girls in Nigeria on 14th April 2014. Many of these girls were sexual exploited and forced into marriage. This mural shows the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, who campaigns for girls to have access to education and supports the campaign and called for the Nigerian government to do more to save these girls.

As of 2018, of the kidnapped 57 girls managed to escape, 107 were released, and 112 are still missing. The campaign is demanding that the Nigerian government rescue the remaining girls and reunite them with their families.

Artist: Zimmer.

Country: USA.

Rights: Image courtesy of Urban75.

Find out more by visiting http://rightsandjustice.nottingham.ac.uk/items/show/208.


Indiria - This mural tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who is enslaved and works in a granite quarry near Katmandu, Nepal, the granite is sent to Britain to provide stone tiles for patios. Indira and the other children working at the quarry are forced to perform dangerous jobs with little or no safety gear. If they refuse, their employer withholds food from their family.

Artist: Lmnopi.

Country: USA.

Rights: Image courtesy of Lmnopi.

Find out more by visiting http://rightsandjustice.nottingham.ac.uk/items/show/90.

Using digital technology to preserve Holocaust memory and places

New research, led by the University of Leeds, is exploring how to link 360-degree photography of the site to relevant archive material such as films, photographs, diaries, news footage and oral testimonies, to create an interactive and immersive virtual environment.

Precision Farming and Archaeology

Archaeologists study the impacts of human activity on the ‘natural’ world, and some of the most common impacts of buried, known and unknown, sites can be seen as crop or soil marks across agricultural landscapes. At the same time 21st century farmers are now mapping their fields to tailor their inputs, such as fertilisers, to specific soil needs. But nobody has ever asked the question, how do these two different disciplinary approaches interconnect?


Mykaell Ryley Interview: How Grime outwitted the musical establishment

Black musicians have had a profound effect on British popular culture since the 1960s. But of all the genres that have developed over the decades – from ska and British reggae, to jungle – it's the new sound of grime that has the power to be the most significant yet, according to Mykaell Riley.

AHRC Research in Film Awards 2017: What the Judges Think

The shortlist for the AHRC’s Research in Film Awards is out, the judges have cast their votes – And ahead of the awards ceremony on 9 November, we've spoken to some of the judges to hear what they think about the awards.