Great North Museum Library – A different kind of book

If you come to the Great North Museum Library during March you’ll find some unusual books on the bookshelves. Artist Dawn Felicia Knox will be displaying works from her Nomen Nudum : Naked Name exhibition here in the library. The work, which was first displayed in the Lit & Phil library, takes the form of Solander boxes (which look like books when closed) and draws on elements relating to Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society and the Hancock Museum. The work explores the relationships between art and science, truth and myth as told through the Great North Museum: Hancock’s specimens of the wombat (which was originally presented to the Literary and Philosophical Society in 1798), and a platypus.

Nomen Nudum : Naked Name. Platypus

Platypus from Nomen Nudum : Naked Name by Dawn Felicia Knox

You can see this exhibition in the Great North Museum Library from 5 March to 13 April. Dawn will be here in the library on the afternoon of 14 March (2-4pm) to talk to visitors about her work. So why not take the opportunity not only to engage with some fascinating art works but also to explore the treasures of the three library collections housed in the Great North Museum.

If you’d like to find out more about Dawn’s work then please visit her website.

The Great North Museum Library is on the second floor of the museum and current opening times are Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (University term time). For more information and holiday opening times please visit the Museum’s website or phone the Library on (0191) 222 3555.

New books in the library

These books are just some of the new purchases and donations to the library. To view full records please go to Newcastle University’s Library catalogue.

New books in the GNM Library

Some of the new books in the Great North Museum Library

The Oxford handbook of cuneiform culture / edited by Karen Radner and Eleanor Robson, O.U.P., 2011.

The Oxford handbook of ancient Anatolia, 10,000-323 B.C.E. / edited by Sharon R. Steadman and Gregory McMahon, O.U.P., 2011.

The frontiers of imperial Rome / David J. Breeze, Pen & Sword Military, 2011.

An encyclopaedia of North-East England / Richard Lomas, Birlinn, 2009.

Columbanus : poet, preacher, statesman, saint / Carol Richards, Imprint Academic, 2010.

John Ray’s Cambridge catalogue (1660) / translated and edited by P.H. Oswald and C.D. Preston, Ray Society, 2011.

Scotland : looking at the natural landscapes / Peter Friend, Collins, 2012.

Early medieval Northumbria : kingdoms and communities, AD 450-1100 / edited by David Petts and Sam Turner, Brepols, 2011.

Running the Roman home / Alexandra Croom, History Press, 2011.

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