Mojgan Habibi : Behind the words

Mojgan Habibi : Behind the words


31 January – 18 February 2018

Mojgan Habibi’s PhD research is concerned with the use of text by politically motivated Iranian visual artists. Hidden or secondary meanings contained in prose become more evident in times of political or religious censorship, and the use of text in contemporary art can direct the viewer to content beyond the literal meaning. The works in Habibi’s PhD research exhibition, Behind the Words, use metaphor, allegory, poetry and references to Persian mythology and history as vehicles to discuss contemporary Iranian politics. Habibi’s carefully crafted objects and installations are made from clay, some are fired, and all contain textual references ranging from Persian script to abstract calligraphy.


BHP Memories

Final march out down David Baker Road, Night Mechanic’s Office in left Background & Machine Shop on right
30th September 1999

There are now 265 historic photos from Bill Ruddick’s great collection online, including some of the last days of BHP Newcastle. You will be pleased to know that there are many more to come!

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Relive your Uni days!


Opus – 1965


We have just scanned and uploaded copies of the Newcastle University Students’ Association’s magazine, Opus held in the Archives in Cultural Collections. The project team members were Davina Pellatt, Sue Paton, Angus Glasper and Lyn Keily.

There may be some gaps in the collection, so if you have a copy of one of the magazines not represented in Living Histories @ UON, we would be delighted if you would bring it in and allow us to scan and upload it.

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We have also scanned and uploaded the Newcastle University College Students’ Association’s editions of Opus (1954-1964).


Doing Women’s Legal History – History@Newcastle Free Public Seminar

Research Seminar Series 2017


Doing Women’s Legal History
by Professor Rosemary Auchmuty
(University of Reading)

When: Friday 15 September 2017 @ 10AM
Where: Cultural Collections, Level 2 Auchmuty Library UON
Free Public Seminar

Please join us on Friday 15th September at 10am in Cultural Collections for the next in our History@Newcastle seminar presentations. Professor Rosemary Auchmuty from the University of Reading will discuss her research into women’s legal history and biography. Morning tea will follow — all welcome!


Doing Women’s Legal History

Women’s Legal History is relatively new in the UK but there has been an upsurge of interest lately with the approaching centenaries of women’s getting the vote (1918) and admission to the legal profession (1919).  There are also interesting projects currently underway in Australia and in the US.  But doing women’s legal history presents challenges for both historians and lawyers unaccustomed to each other’s methods. Here I’ll be focusing on the work of legal scholars trying to write our history, based on my experience of current projects: some of the problems we encountered, but also some of the successes.  We’ve found that lawyers are often too inclined to look for heroines and role models, to over-estimate the role of legal institutions in reform and underplay (or ignore) the role of activists (like feminists), and to see history as a steady tale of progress – so we have some myths to dispel and some reality checks to bring to some of the more celebratory work.  Yet there is some great stuff out there, and I’ll end with an example from the Women’s Legal Landmarks project which should remind us that law does have a role to play in bringing about change for women.


About the Speaker:

Born in Egypt and raised in Newcastle where her father was the first the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Rosemary has been a pioneer of women’s studies and feminist legal studies in higher education in Britain. She was Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality for three years before joining Reading Law School in 2007, where she now teaches Property Law subjects and Gender and Law. She is currently an executive member of the Society of Legal Scholars; a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the (American) Law and Society Association; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to moving into law she wrote widely in the areas of women’s history and children’s literature, including three books: Australia’s Daughters (Sydney: Methuen, 1978), A World of Girls: the Appeal of the Girls’ School Story (London: The Women’s Press, 1992, 2nd ed. 2004) and A World of Women: growing up in the girls’ school story (London: The Women’s Press,1999, 2nd ed. 2008).. As well as property law and legal education, her research interests include gender and sexuality and feminist legal history and biography. She is currently, with Erika Rackley (University of Birmingham), engaged in a 100-strong collaboration called the Women’s Legal Landmarks Project, a major historical collection in book and website formats, planned to celebrate the centenary of women’s admission to the legal profession in 2019.