World Book Night 2015

“In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories.  […] at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence. ”
― Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

We are organising an overnight event in the library for World Book Night, on the night of Thursday 23rd April 2015. A diverse line-up of speakers including literary alumni from Goldsmiths, students, staff and local residents and poets will read selections of their choice on the general theme of ‘The Night’, in relay, over the whole night to celebrate World Book Night 2015.

Lewisham residents who are not members of Goldsmiths Library will be invited to the event, alongside students and staff of the university.

We have successfully applied and Goldsmiths Library has been selected to be World Book Night givers, so there will be free copies of Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy edited by Neil Astley, our selected book for the event. We chose this particular book to highlight the role both literature and libraries can have in saving lives and improving wellbeing.  Mental ill-health is a widespread problem throughout Higher Education communities, and often becomes apparent in the environment of the library, particularly at night. We will be taking advantage of the library’s 24/7 opening hours to show how libraries and literature can be safe havens in dark or challenging times.

If you’d like to get involved by putting yourself forward to give a reading or register to attend and soak up the ambiance, please get in touch with the organisers. The event will be registered on Eventbrite shortly.


Alice Corble, Evening Library Assistant

Stephanie Moran, Night & Weekend Team Leader

Angus Sinclair, Library Assistant

Shazara Asgarali, Night Team Manager​


We Are International

image(1)We Are International is a social media campaign run by Universities UK designed to celebrate international students. The hashtag #weareinternational is being used to allow international students to share their stories of why they came to study in the UK – and what they love about it.

Did you know that at Goldsmiths, 38% of our students joined us from outside the UK and that we have students from 114 countries?

Information about events at Goldsmiths, as well as international student profiles is available here.

In the Library, we’ve created a display at the front of the library to highlight the diversity of our film collections. We have DVDs from every country or region our students are from. We have films from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, China, South Korea, Japan, the Middle East, India, Iran, South East Asia, Africa, Latin America….and that’s just the start. image

Perhaps watch a film from your home country, or try a film from a country you’ve never watched a film from before. You can even tweet us @GoldsmithsLib and let us know what you’re watching!

See the display for some ideas, then visit the shelves on the second floor.

Or for a full list of the classmarks for our films, click here.

Women of Goldsmiths: Evelyn Gibbs

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Goldsmiths Library’s Special Collections & Archives has been taking time to reflect on positive female characters in Goldsmiths institutional history. A previous post looked at Caroline Graveson, the first in the prestigious post of Women’s Vice-Principal of the Goldsmiths Training Department.

Following in the stead of Graveson and the gains she made for women in the academic institution, Evelyn Gibbs provided a resolute influence for the teacher training department of Goldsmiths College during the difficult period of the Second World War.

Gibbs undertook the study at the City of Art School in her hometown of Liverpool in 1922 before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London alongside other notables of the period such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. It was during her time at the RCA whereupon Gibbs would develop an interest in the craft of engraving.

Gibbs early work was heavily based on the art of carving images into wood, and this is perhaps what first beckoned her to Goldsmiths College, which by then was drawing the attention of the art world for the so called ‘Goldsmiths School’ of engravers, including the future principal Paul Drury. Her adeptness in the fine craft of engraving would lead her to winning the prestigious Prix de Rome Scholarship in 1929, complete with a scholarship which she would put to use in two years of further study of art in Italy.  Her first steps towards academia came after returning to London in 1931 and turning to teaching at a school for handicapped children as a means to support herself. It was this experience that would lead her to write a book on art teaching for children, and featured illustrations by her pupils. The Teaching of Art in Schools (1934) was well received and showcased Gibb’s flair for shaping the learning experience.

Evelyn Gibbs. Image courtesy of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections & Archives.

Evelyn Gibbs.

After demonstrating a natural instinct for teaching others as well as high degrees of artistic talent, Gibbs found herself in demand and Goldsmiths College came calling in 1934. She officially became a teacher-training lecturer at Goldsmiths College. Gibbs settled into Goldsmiths well, and was able to sustain her art practice alongside teaching, and she would make a welcome return to painting. Goldsmiths Art Collection is pleased to hold several artworks by Gibbs, with Spanish Fisherwoman being a prime example of the poignant sophistication she had achieved by then.

Spanish Fisherwoman. Image courtesy of BBC Your Paintings.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Gibbs would follow Goldsmiths College when it was evacuated to the safer landscapes of Nottingham. Not one to be perturbed and disheartened by troublesome things occurring in the world at the time, she found the drive to help found the Midlands Group of Artists in 1943, a collective dedicated to fostering the development of experimental artists in the region. The Midlands Group would be instrumental in the assisting several notable artists, including David Hockney and Bridget Riley, a Goldsmiths alumni and influential woman artist in her own right.

Evelyn Gibbs sadly passed in 1991, though Goldsmiths College is pleased to be able to honour her memory and gains she made for women in both teaching and the art world. We hold several pieces of Evelyn Gibb’s artwork in Goldsmiths Art Collection, including Spanish Fisherwoman, in various locales around the college. The teaching of art in schools is available for loan and viewing in Goldsmiths Library. Here in Special Collections & Archives we hold much material related to Gibbs in the Womens Art Library, including slide files and Pauline Lucas’s Evelyn Gibbs : artist and traveller (2001), a detailed survey of Gibbs’ life and work. Please contact us here or alternatively call on +44(0)20 7717 2295 for more details.

Women of Goldsmiths: Caroline Graveson

Across libraries, archives and other institutions worldwide, the entire month of March is dedicated to celebrating the contribution of women worldwide to culture, society and politics through Women’s History Month. Goldsmiths Library’s Special Collections & Archives is very pleased to be able to participate and celebrate the institutional history of women who have strived to make Goldsmiths College the vibrant and progressive education establishment it is today. In the first of a series of profiles, we look at some of the women who have helped in shaped the history of Goldsmiths College in profoundly positive ways. In 1905, Caroline Graveson, previously working as Mistress of Method and Tutor of Education in the Day Training College at the University of Liverpool, was appointed as one of the Vice-Principals of the Goldsmiths College Training Department. Together with the first Warden, William Loring, and the other Vice-Principal, Thomas Raymont, Miss Graveson was hugely influential in the establishment of a new, co-educational, undenominational and non-resident Training College within the University of London and its constituents.

Caroline Graveson

Caroline Graveson. Image courtesy of Goldsmiths, University of London.

During her tenure with Goldsmiths, she proved to be a very positive influence on all her students, but particularly for women whom were enrolling in a period where female studentship was a relatively new experience. In the Old Students’ Association Yearbook for 1935 it was noted that ‘her gracious personality, her impelling influence and her complete devotion to the College will be an abiding memory to us all and particularly to the women students (nearly 5,000 of them) who have known her as their Vice-Principal’. After spending nearly 30 years working with Goldmiths, Graveson would retire from the position to pursue writing and altruistic activities in the service of her Quaker religion. Her retirement was short-lived however, and within the year she returned to education and further success when she succeeded the Warden as President of the Training College Association. At a time when Women struggled to achieve the same equality as men, Caroline Graveson is a positive character who was able to graciously overcome adversity whilst paving the way for women to follow after. Please contact Special Collections and Archives for more information on Caroline Graveson and many of the other women who have contributed to the rich tapestry of Goldsmiths College’s progressive history.

Anne Krinsky


From Absorb to Zoom: An Alphabet of Actions in the Women’s Art Library is a site-specific collaborative print installation created by Anne Krinsky (supported by Arts Council England) that is on display in the Special Collections Study Space and the cabinets in the Kingsway Corridor. These are largescale digital prints, a first for Anne who is a traditional printmaker. She was inspired by archived slides, artists’ books, magazines, monographs and posters she found in the Women’s Art Library Collection.

In conjunction with her research Anne set up a blog featuring recent works by artists with documentation in the Women’s Art Library to virtually update the archive.

The show is up from 2-30 March 2015. There is an exhibition pamphlet featuring two commissioned essays and a design A4 poster featuring the Alphabet of Actions.

Goldsmiths Research Online – February 2015 Update



46,755 items were downloaded from GRO this month. The countries that downloaded the most were United Kingdom, United States, and Germany.

Supplementary video material has been added to FLOSSTV, a PhD thesis and one of the most popular items in GRO. The three most popular items in GRO this month were:

FLOSSTV: Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) within participatory ‘TV hacking’ Media and Arts Practices (2012) by Adnan Hadziselimovic.

Journalism: a profession under pressure? (2009) by Tamara Witschge and Gunnar Nygren.

Border Landscapes: Religion, Space and Movement on the Polish Belarusian Frontier (2014) by Aimée Edith Joyce.

New in GRO This Month

Research outputs available on GRO range from book chapters to music compositions, from artworks to journal articles. Here is a small selection from the recent deposits:

Noortje Marres from the Department of Sociology deposited a paper entitled “Why Map Issues? On Controversy as a Digital Method” to be published in Science, Technology and Human Values. You can access more information about the paper here:

Mathilda Tham from the Department of Design deposited a book section entitledCreative resilience thinking in fashion and textiles” to be published in The Handbook of Textile Culture, a book edited by Janis Jefferies (Department of Computing), Diana Wood Conroy and Hazel Clark. You can access more information about the book here:

More about GRO Stats

We are publishing brief reports every month if you are interested in seeing GRO’s monthly upload and download activity. You can access the February report here.

Deposit Your Work

If you are an academic or a PhD student at Goldsmiths, you can deposit your research outputs on GRO. If you need any help or guidance, please email the GRO team at

World Book Day

IMAG0065March 5th 2015 is World Book Day, a celebration of books and reading worldwide. The event is now in its eighteenth year and its primary aim is to encourage children to read by working in partnership with schools and providing books, resources and information to help schools and children participate in the event.

If you live anywhere near a school or even just passed one today, you might wonder why children and teachers are dressed as literary characters. That’s just one way in which you can participate. So feel free to come to campus dressed as your favourite hero/heroine.

But everyone interested in reading is celebrating the event in one way or another; whether it’s tweeting what they’re reading or taking a shelfie to show the world what’s on their bookshelf.

Libraries across the UK are holding events – check out what some of the local libraries to Goldsmiths are doing:

At Greenwich, they are gifting book vouchers to children and hosting story times

Lewisham are asking its users to write reviews of books they’ve read and have them displayed in its main library, whilst in its Sydenham branch, they’re having a story writing competition (it finishes at 7, so you still have time!)

Southwark is hosting readings for children across its branches and also exploring storytelling through dance!

If you’re on Twitter, you’ll see World Book Day as the top trending topic – check the hashtag #WorldBookDay to see what’s going on across the UK.

And please tweet us @GoldsmithsLib – send us your shelfie or just let us know what you’re reading (whether for your course or recreationally). See ours at the top of the post.