Event details

27th Apr 2020–28th Aug 2020

Manchester Metropolitan University

POSTPONED until further notice

SWE centenary exhibition: Special Collections Museum at Manchester Metropolitan University

The exhibition focuses on the early decades of the Society; its formation, early years and growth in the 1930s. It will feature material from the archive of the Society, held here at Special Collections, alongside prints by some of the Society’s best-known members.  Also on display will be work by some of those members who have been lost to history but who were, nevertheless, amongst the most talented and innovative artists of their era.

MMU Special Collections

The Society of Wood Engravers is indebted to Jeremy Parrett and his team in the Special Collections Museum at Manchester Metropolitan University who work hard to collect and protect wood engravings for future generations.

The archive collection is a resource of national significance for the study of twentieth century book illustration, art and design and textile design. The collection was established to provide access to unique primary source material for students, teachers and researchers working with the Library’s outstanding Book Design Collection.

Whilst the principal focus of the collection remains upon British book design, illustration and publication in the twentieth century, recent acquisitions have expanded its scope to include postwar textile design and manufacture.