Those readers who have stumbled across some of my other Behind the Scenes blog posts may have noticed that I enjoy stories with a focus on music, as well as those with a small mystery to solve. Here’s one which combines both these things.
I recieved an enquiry from a researcher in the UK:
As the National Library’s Cook and His Voyages appeal passes the mid-point to its target, I took the chance to explore some fascinating Cook treasures from the Rex Nan Kivell Collection, displayed in the Treasures Gallery. The appeal closes on 31 March 2017.
Captain Cook's apotheosis
Now the genius of Britain forbids us to grieve,
Since Cook, ever honor’d, immortal shall live.
This little red book about the papers and speeches of Colonel Hutton 1894-1898 was recently brought up to the Preservation lab for a few repairs. When we took a closer look, it was evident that this leather tightback with false raised bands had not only lost its lower board with its upper board hanging on by a thread, but it had already received some treatment in the past.
Regular visitors to the Library and to our website will have noticed The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s. This is the National Library’s exhibition from 23 November 2016 to 25 April 2017, and I can’t think of a more fascinating topic for anyone interested in social history. I personally love the advertising posters in the Pictures Collection, and have even used some in my kitchen.