Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bauhaus BBC Radio 4



BBC Radio 4 have recently broadcast a short piece on the influential Bauhaus school - 



'Neil MacGregor focuses on the Bauhaus school of art and design, founded in Weimar in 1919.
Our cities and houses today, our furniture and typography, are unthinkable without the functional elegance pioneered by the Bauhaus'



Home to influential figures like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinksy and Walter Gropius (among many others),  the Bauhaus was founded on the idea of creating a "total" work of art in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style later became one of the most influential currents in modern design, Modernist architecture and art, design and architectural education.


If you would like to know more, the Library has over 100 books related to the school, that you can take out at your own pleasure (though not all at once).

Friday, November 07, 2014

Oliver Postgate DVDs are Available!

 Ivor the Engine

Following on from Ivor the Engine's 55th Anniversary, the Library now has the complete Ivor the Engine (in colour!), as well as the complete Clangers and Bagpuss. The Clangers, if you don't know, are a family of whistling mouse-like creatures that live on a small, mysterious moon in the far reaches of outer-space. Their days are filled with activities like planting music trees, building helicopters, and fishing for junk.


Clangers

Bagpuss, on the other hand, is a raggedy, baggy old cloth cat that mostly sleeps in a shop window belonging to a little girl called Emily. Emily is obsessed with the detritus of capitalism (!) - she likes to find lost objects in the street so Bagpuss and his friends can figure out what they used to be - usually by telling wondrous stories and singing pretty songs.


Bagpuss

All DVDs are now available to take out from the top floor of the Library, in the DVD section.