Beastly Islington: Musical Monday at Moreland Children’s Centre
Monday 31st July. Music sessions at 10am and 11am, craft drop in 10am – 12pm.
Come along to Moreland Children’s Centre for our special family music event.
Join musician Pal Rubinstein for a musical Monday. Dance to the melodies, learn new songs and join in on some old favourites, all inspired by the animals who have lived and worked in Islington.
Then get messy with our drop in animal themed crafts!
For more info contact: rebecca.campbell-gay@Islington.gov.uk
This is the last day I work in Islington Museum and I spent a fantastic morning with Julie Melrose, the archivist of Islington Local History Centre who gave me a mesmerising introduction to the centre and briefly the history of London borough of Islington and Finsbury. Then I got some hands-on experience in categorising, putting the maps of Islington borough in order and attaching appropriate labels and captions with those archived documents. It impressed me a lot how Islington expanded and developed in the recent 200 years and how archives support academic research and also general users with particular interests.
My work placement in Islington Museum is almost finishing here and it will be great to make a conclusion for all achievements I have done and with them, the learning outcomes. I very much appreciate the work plan for me which was made by the curator Roz and suited my interests and competencies very well. Following that plan, I had a great opportunity to experience managing ADLIB database and working on accession and object check. Whereas my previous employers were advertising agencies which demands good insight and understanding of clients’ requirement, the work here in Islington Museum needs more attention to details and passion for social culture and local history. The gap in between makes this work placement much meaningful and fascinating because working with academia is pretty eye-opening and ignite more possibilities for my own career. As for the practical skills I acquired in this work placement, I grew my competency in sorting data with Excel and managing database from the experience in using ADLIB, which could be useful in analytic and statistic jobs. Besides, this is the first time I work in a completely English environment which improved my skills in language and communicating with local people. In one word, the work placement I had in Islington Museum is a brilliant experience which extended my horizon and got myself prepared for future career.
Islington Museum is a fantastic place to apply theoretical learning into real working environment and people here are very much kind and helpful. It could be better if more volunteers can be used to sort the database and digitised materials here. I had a very wonderful time in Islington Museum and wish them all the best in the future.
Islington Museum/ Local History Centre Entrance
The constituency of Central Finsbury elected Britain’s first Asian MP in 1892. This album and its presentation box were gifted by the people of Bombay (now Mumbai) to commemorate Dadhabai Naoroji’s election. He served as MP for Central Finsbury until his defeat in 1895.
Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) was born near Bombay and was the first Indian appointed as a Professor at Elphinstone College there. He moved to England in 1855 and became Professor of Gujurati at University College London (UCL) in 1856. Naoroji was a founder member of the East India Association and the London India Society. Within both of these organisations he promoted Indian rights in trade and the Civil Service.
During his time as MP for Central Finsbury, Naoroji’s position provoked further discussion of imperial citizenship in Britain. Naoroji also supported Home Rule for Ireland during this period, referring to the ‘ghostly persistence’ of Irish suffering in his public speeches. In these, Naoroji continued to represent himself as an imperial citizen. In the Pall Mall Gazette, he was described as holding his audience in his hands within the first five minutes of his speech at Holborn Town Hall in 1886. In 1901, he published Poverty and UnBritish Rule in India which is now regarded as a work which contributed to the founding of Indian nationalist economics.
Before his success in the 1892 election, Naoroji campaigned unsuccessfully as a Liberal party candidate in the staunchly Conservative area of Holborn. After losing his seat in Central Finsbury in 1895, Naoroji stood for election in Lambeth North in 1906 but was unsuccessful. He left England the following year to retire to India. Naoroji died at Versova in Bombay in 1917. Today there is a street named after Naoroji and a plaque at Finsbury Town Hall bearing his name.
The first thing I started in Islington Museum was to check the objects’ locations in the small store. In order to handle collections appropriately, Roz introduced me all the must-dos in different cases and circumstances. I finished roughly six shelves full of objects, registering their numbers, names and descriptions as much in details as I can. Roz double-checked the locations and I will input the accurate locations in Adlib later on.
To determine what items are missing in Adlib, I conducted a comparison between the accession register book and an Excel sheet of all existing data generated by Adlib. I have checked 582 records and found 41 items were missing in Adlib. By manually creating items and adding fundamental attributes such as object category, name, title and description, these missing items could have been added into our database. However there are still some attributes remain blank in the database which would be better if more information is specified. I think probably we could particularly focus on the original accession registers of those missing items and manage to add more useful details to them.
Writing blogs which I am doing right now is another interesting task here in Islington Museum. It would be great if we treat these blogs as a reminder of what we have already achieved and what possibly could be improved in the future. Plus, it is also a great opportunity for our external communication with the public and those who have interests in museum stuff.
It is the third day of my working in Islington Museum and it seems that I have really done some interesting works. Regarding the plan I will add photographs recently taken to the records in Adlib. I am also going to do the Adlib check for permanent gallery. I will spend half of the last day in Islington Museum with Julie Melrose who is archivist of Islington Local History Centre. I feel much satisfied and happy with what I have learned so far and I am very looking forward into future challenges.
The Permanent Gallery