Long before the invention of the mechanical clock, the monastic computes offered
a model of time that was visible, durable, portable and objectifiable. The
development of ‘temporal literacy’ among the Anglo-Saxons involved not only the
measurement of time but also the ways in which the technologies used to measure
and record time — from sundials and church bells to calendars and chronicles —
worked to create and reorder cultural capital, and add new scope and range to
the life of the imagination. Techniques of time measurement are deeply
implicated in historical consciousness and the assertion of identity; this paper
proposes some avenues of exploration for this topic among the Anglo-Saxons.
This article considers the childrens writer Alison Uttley, and, particularly, her
engagements with debates regarding science and philosophy. Uttley is a
well-known childrens author, most famous for writing the Little Grey Rabbit
series (1929–75), but very little critical attention has been paid to her. She
is also an important alumna of the University of Manchester, the second woman to
graduate in Physics (1907). In particular, the article looks at her novel A
Traveller in Time through the lens of her thinking on time, ethics, history and
science. The article draws on manuscripts in the collection of the John Rylands
Library to argue that Uttley‘s version of history and time-travel was deeply
indebted to her scientific education and her friendship with the Australian
philosopher Samuel Alexander.
Following an extended period of neglect, the early 1840s saw a dramatic revival
of interest in English church music and its history, which coincided with the
period of heightened religious sensitivity between the publication of Newman‘s
Tract 90 in early 1841 and his conversion to Roman Catholicism in October 1845.
This article examines the activities and writings of three men who made
important contributions to the reformation of the music of the English church
that took place at this time: Rev. Frederick Oakeley; Rev. John Jebb and the
painter William Dyce. It pays particular attention to the relationship between
their beliefs about and attitudes towards the English Reformation and their
musical activities, and argues that such important works as Jebb‘s monumental
Choral Service of the United Church of England and Ireland
(1843) are best understood in the context of the religious and ecclesiological
debates that were raging at that time.
In 1805 Susannah Middleton travelled with her husband, Captain Robert Middleton,
to Gibraltar where he was to run the naval dockyard. Abroad for the first time,
Susannah maintained a regular correspondence with her sister in England. Casting
light on a collection of letters yet to be fully published, the paper gives an
account of Susannah‘s experiences as described to her sister. Consideration is
given to Susannah‘s position as the wife of a naval officer and her own view of
the role she had to play in her husband‘s success. Written at a time when an
officers wife could greatly improve his hopes for advancement through the
judicious use of social skills, the Middleton letters provide evidence of an
often overlooked aspect of the workings of the Royal Navy.
The article explores some aspects of the intellectual climate of the first half
of the nineteenth century and the new ideas about race and national identity.
These in turn help to explain contemporary changes in historical perspective,
particularly in respect to the English Reformation. Disraeli‘s novels reflect
the ideas of the time on the above topics and echo contemporary historians in
their views on the Reformation, its causes, and the religious and social changes
that it brought about.
George Clough‘s donation of old master prints raised the Whitworth Institute‘s
collection to international standing. Simultaneously, it presented Manchester
with a viewing experience that was possibly unique in Britain, and placed on
permanent display one of the nations finest collections of engravings, etchings
and woodcuts so as to offer a visual history of the medium of print. Clough had
a special interest in Marcantonio Raimondi, collecting over forty prints by him
at a time when such works commanded high prices. This article examines the
history and composition of Clough‘s collection and its place in the collecting
culture of northern England, and of Manchester in particular, around 1900.
The exhibition Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground (8
September 2016 to 5 March 2017) showcases the archive of Jeff Nuttall
(1933–2004), a painter, poet, editor, actor and novelist. As the exhibition
illustrates, Nuttall was a central figure in the International Underground
during the 1960s through to the early 1970s. During this time he collaborated
with a vast network of avant-garde writers from across the globe, as well as
editing the influential publication My Own Mag between 1963 and 1967.
During the academic year 1912–13, Mark Hovell studied and taught at
Professor Karl Lamprecht’s Institut für Kultur- und
Universalgeschichte (Institute for Cultural and Universal History) in Leipzig.
During his time there, Hovell wrote regularly to his fiancée, Fanny
Gately, and to his mentor, Professor Thomas Tout. This article focuses on
several of Hovell’s letters held at the John Rylands Library, presenting
his thoughts and observations on aspects of social, political and academic life
in Germany shortly before the outbreak of the First World War.