Thursday, 1 June 2017

Now available: Art Researchers Guide to Liverpool and Merseyside

Editors: Emily Parsons and Rose Roberto
ISBN: 978-0-9562763-8-4 
Publisher: ARLIS/UK & Ireland

Regular Price: £6.00

With an introduction by: 
Dr Catherine Marcangeli, Paris Diderot University, Sorbonne Paris Cité 

Tracing its origins back to 1207, Liverpool was one of the greatest ports in the world and one of the most prosperous towns in Britain for two hundred years.  UNESCO has designated Liverpool a World Heritage Site and, compared with other British cities, it has more museums and galleries than anywhere outside of London.
Today Liverpool is home to a thriving arts community, with exciting programmes of exhibitions, talks and events all year round as well as regular festivals such as the Liverpool Biennial.  In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture, and that legacy lives on.

This handbook describes the major collections of libraries, archives, and museums where you can research culture, art, and design. It will allow you to explore Liverpool and the Merseyside region and direct you to the most appropriate places to suit your research needs. 
Order your copy today on the Liverpool John Moores University website 


Karen Backhouse, Liverpool Hope University
Hannah Barton, FACT
Susan Beck, Liverpool Hope University
David Brazendale, Athenaeum
Felicity Crease, National Museums Liverpool
Carol Cherpeau, Knowsley Archive Service 
Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery
Sheena Gaskell, Wirral Council
Jenny Higham, University of Liverpool
Stuart Irwin, Port Sunlight Museum
Val Jackson, Liverpool Cathedral 
Adrienne Mayers, Liverpool Medical Institution
Roger McKinley, FACT   
William Meredith, Wirral Archives Service 
Lesley Owen-Edwards, Unilever Archives & Records
Emily Parsons, Liverpool John Moores University
Lin Rice, Knowsley Archive Service
Diane Seddon, Victoria Gallery & Museum, 
University of Liverpool
Colin Simpson, Williamson Art Gallery
Helena Smart, Liverpool Central Library and Archive
Sarah Starkey, Maritime Museum Archive, National Museums Liverpool

David Stoker, Liverpool Central Library and Archive 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Art Researchers' Guide to Cardiff and South Wales

Editors:      Lousie Carey, Kristine Chapman, Jenny Godfrey, and Peter Keelan 
ISBN:        978-0-9562763-7-7
Publisher:  ARLIS / UK & Ireland
Regular price £7.00 

With an introduction by:
Judi Loach, Cardiff University 

Order your copy online from ARLIS:

Or purchase your copy at: 
by contacting University of Cardiff/SCHOLAR.  
or National Museum Cardiff shop Sold Out.

Cardiff (Caerdydd in Welsh) is the capital of Wales and one of the most vibrant cities in the UK.  Its roots go back to pre-Roman eras, with the occasional cromlech scattered around the region. Today Cardiff is the home of the National Assembly for Wales, the finance and business centre for the region, the Welsh media, and a hub for research, arts, sport, and culture. It is also home to one of the most beautiful civic centres in Europe. 

Across south Wales, the cities of Swansea and Newport hold a wealth of historical resources, and the South Wales Valleys are now a vivid mix or urban and natural environment.

This handbook describes the major collections of libraries, archives, and museums where you can research culture, art, and design. It will allow you to explore these cities and direct you to the most appropriate places to suit your research needs.

Special features include:
• a city-wide map
• at-a-glance navigation icons
• a time-saving subject index to collections
• a glimpse into each site with full-colour images

Contributors include:

Marc Arkless, ffotogallery

Barbara Bartl, Newport Museum & Art Gallery

Helen Beale, UWTSD Library, Swansea

Simon Burgess, Makers Guild Cardiff

Louise Carey, National Museum Wales

Kristine Chapman, National Museum Wales

Kim Collis, West Glamorgan Archives

Ellie Dawkins, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Angharrad Evans, University of South Wales

Linda Graves, University of South Wales

Jenny Godfrey, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Glenn Jordan, Butetown History & Arts Centre 

Judi Loach, Cardiff University

Cinzia Mutigli, g39 & Warp Library

Sarah Nicholas, Cardiff University

Sarah Hayton, Cardiff University

Tracey Paddon, Newport Central Library

Rhian Phillips, Glamorgan Archives

Peter Keelan, Cardiff University / SCOLAR 

Arran Rees, Cardiff Story Museum

Jenni Spencer Davies, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Phil Treseder, Swansea Museum

Ceri Thomas, University of South Wales

John Wright, University of South Wales 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Art Researchers’ Guide to Manchester and Salford

Editors:      Jayne Burgess & Emma Marigliano
ISBN:         978-0-9562763-6-0
Publisher:  ARLIS / UK & Ireland
Price:         £6.99

With an introduction by: 
Helen Rees Leahy, University of Manchester

Order your copy from ARLIS/UK & Ireland
Or online from MMU

You can also purchase it around Manchester at:
The Portico Library
Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art
Cornerhouse  - sold out
Blackwell's - sold out

Manchester was the world’s first industrialised city, and known for its art, architecture, and music scene, its scientific and engineering innovations, its sports clubs and its transport connections. Manchester was the site of the world's first railway station and is where scientists first split the atom and developed the first computer. Manchester is also where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto and where the Trades Union Congress was established.

This handbook describes the major collections of libraries, archives, and museums where you can research culture, art, and design. It will allow you to explore the city more fully and direct you to the most appropriate places to suit your research needs.

Special features include:
a city-wide map
at-a-glance navigation icons
a time-saving index to collections
a glimpse into each site with full-colour images

Jayne Burgess, Manchester Metropolitian University
Kevin Bolton, Manchester Central Library and Archives +
Andy Callen, University of Salford
Lynette Cawthra, Working Class Museum
Kate Farmery, Manchester City Galleries
Sarah Gee, Chinese Arts Centre
David Govier, Manchester Central Library and Archives +
Alexandra Grime, Jewish Museum
Stella Halkyard, University of Manchester 
Jan Hicks, Museum of Science and Industry
Alexander Jackson, National Football Museum
Emma Marigliano, Portico Library and Gallery
Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum
Will McTaggart, North West Film Archive
David Morris, Whitworth Gallery
Daisy Nicholson, People's History Museum
Janet Uttley, Imperial War Museum North
Fergus Wilde, Cheetham's Library

Series editor & designer: Rose Roberto

Friday, 20 December 2013

Launch in Dublin at the Royal Dublin Society

The Art Researchers’ Guide to Dublin, edited by Olivia Fitzpatrick and Rose Roberto, was launched during ArtSource, one of the largest art fairs in Dublin, held at the Royal Dublin Society.

“I wasn’t expecting to be surrounded by so much art and artists selling their work,” said Kerry Eldon of the National Galleries of Scotland, who happened to be in Dublin and attended the launch. “I like it. The atmosphere is great.”

The launch event was announced over the PA system.  Wine as well as coffee and tea were being served, while a musician played popular Billy Joel songs on a grand piano at the center of the exhibition hall behind a small circular stage.  The table holding the guide was placed neatly to the left of the stage, a work of art from the RDS collection was to the right of the stage. 

Gerard Whelan, opened the launch by talking about how pleased the RDS was to be associated with ARLIS on this occasion, and cleverly included in his comments that the art loving public should definitely be interested in the 20 institutions in this beautiful book, and perhaps some of the artists would eventually find materials of their own there, if their work was not there already.  Rose Roberto followed by thanking the contributors for their generosity in sharing their collections through captivating narratives and amazing images.  Olivia Fitzpatrick then closed by talking about how much of a joy it was to go around to different institutions and enjoy local Dublin hospitality (she is based in Cork).  “I hope you are all pleased with the final product as I am,” she concluded.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Available for Purchase

New Title: Art Researchers’ Guide to Dublin

Editors: Olivia Fitzpatrick & Rose Roberto
ISBN: 978-0-9562763-3-9
Publisher: ARLIS/UK & Ireland and the RDS

Introduction by:
Christine Casey, Trinity College Dublin

Dublin is the gateway to Ireland.   From its Viking origins it grew to be one of Europe's leading centres for music, literature and art.    In the 18th century Dublin reached a high point, when wealth and patronage fostered skilled artists, builders and craftsmen who put a distinctive Hibernian stamp on their work in the Georgian idiom of the time. Today Dublin is a thriving modern city with pride in the educational and cultural institutions from its past.

This handbook describes many of these institutions along with more recently established collections on modern art, design and architecture. It will allow you to explore the city more fully and direct you to the most appropriate places to suit your research needs.

Special features include:
• a city-wide map

 • at-a-glance navigation icons
• a time-saving subject index to collections
• a glimpse into each site with full-colour images

 Order from ARLIS / UK & Ireland 

Also available in Dublin from:
The Royal Dublin Society Library
Trinity College Dublin Shop - sold out
Chester Beatty Library - sold out
National Gallery of Ireland Shop - sold out

Alexandra Caccamo, National Botanic Gardens  
Catriona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland 
Paul Doyle, National Museum of Ireland
Faul, National Library of Ireland 
Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Royal Irish Academy
Nirvana Flanagan,  Farmleigh House         
Catherine Giltrap, Trinity College Dublin  
Emmeline Henderson, Irish Georgian Society
Elizabeth Kirwan, National Library of Ireland   
Andrea Lydon, National Gallery of Ireland
Jane Maxwell, Trinity College Dublin 
Niamh McCabe, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland  
Eoin McCarney, University College Dublin 
Dr Jason McElligott, Marsh's Library
Edward Murphy, National College of Art & Design                                         
Frances Narkiewicz, Chester Beatty Library 
Jane Nolan, University College Dublin
Colum O'Riordan, Irish Architectural Archive
Eugene Roche, University College Dublin
Donna Romano,  National Irish Visual Arts Library
Fernando Sanchez, Royal Hibernian Academy
Petra Schnabel, Royal Irish Academy
Ruth Sheehy, Trinity College Dublin
Catherine Sheridan, National Gallery of Ireland
Celine Ward, Chester Beatty Library  
Gerard Whelan, Royal Dublin Society  

Many thanks to: 
Mary Fannon, Design Parlour Ireland, for use of her Dublin Map
Anne Madden for use of Big Red Mountain Series, sixpartite, 1967
Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA, Trinity College Dublin for use of her History of the Royal Hibernian Academy 

Design by Rose Roberto, Series Editor & ARLIS Publications Committee

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Now available for purchase

Title: Art Researchers’ Guide to Edinburgh
Editors: Kerry Eldon and Rose Roberto
ISBN 978-0-9562763-2-2
Publisher: ARLIS/UK & Ireland
Regular retail price: £6.50

Through a visual narrative, this handbook to Scotland’s capital city will take readers to libraries and repositories in Edinburgh with art and design resources, revealing whether that material is in book, archives, or audio visual format.

or order online

Also available in around Edinburgh at:
-The National Galleries of Scotland three shops
-Art Library, on first floor of Edinburgh Central
-ScotlandsPeople Centre shop on Princes Street
-McNaughtan's Bookshop on Haddington Place
-Blackwell's at Edinburgh, South Bridge (also online)

Contributors to the Edinburgh Guide:
Colin Bailey, PhD, FSA, FSAScot, Independent Scholar 
Andrew Bevan, EDINA Edinburgh University Data Library 
Hannah Brocklehurst, Scottish National Gallery 
Tristram Clarke, PhD, National Records of Scotland 
Paula Cuccurullo, EDINA Edinburgh University Data Library 
Anne Donnelly, University of Edinburgh Libraries 
Kerry Eldon, Scottish National Gallery 
Jill Evans, National Library of Scotland 
Jane Furness, ECA Library, University of Edinburgh 
Mark Glancy, National Museums Scotland Library 
Jane Hutcheon, Royal Botanic Gardens Library 
Sarah Jeffcott, Scottish National Portrait Gallery Library 
Marian Kirton, Edinburgh Napier University 
Andrew Martin, National Library of Scotland 
Evelyn Simpson, National Museums Scotland Library 
Joanna Soden, Royal Scottish Academy Library 
Kerry Watson, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 
Brenda Woods, Edinburgh City Libraries, Fine Art Library
Design by Rose Roberto, ARLIS Publications Committee and Series Editor

Special thanks to:
Paulette Hill, Historic Scotland
Sean Curran & Cathy Johns, ARLIS Publications Committee
Dr William Zachs and Aidan Weston-Lewis for their support
The Scottish Visual Arts Group

Friday, 22 July 2011

Now available around Leeds

Art Researchers' Guide to Leeds
Edited by Rose Roberto
ISBN 978-0-9562763-1-5

published 2011 by ARLIS/ UK & Ireland
£4.00 price publisher discount at

64 pages; 210mm x 99 mm

Order yours online from the: 
West Yorkshire Archive Service
or Yorkshire Archaeological Society


Through a visual narrative, this handbook to the 10 libraries and repositories in Leeds with art and design resources  is indexed by over 80 subjects.  Are you doing research on architectural history?  The visual index at the back of the book will tell you which 8 institutions have material and whether that material is in book, archives, or audio visual format.  Want to know who has primary material on fashion?  This guide will point the way with a city map.

Contributors to Leeds Guide:
Phillip Abbott, Royal Armouries, Leeds
Karen Fischer, Leeds Metropolitan University
Geoffrey Foster, The Leeds Library
Robert Frost, Yorkshire Archeological Society
Chris Graham, Leeds College of Art
Shirley Graham, Leeds Central Library
Moira Hainsworth, Leeds Central Library
Kirsty McHugh, Yorkshire Archeological Society
Peter Meredith, The Thorseby Society
Rachel Myers, University of Leeds
Kirsty Osborn, Marks & Spencer Archive
Alison Park, Leeds Metropolitan University
Ben Read, University of Leeds
Jayne Roberts, Leeds College of Art
Pat Sewell, West Yorkshire Archive Service
Catherine Taylor, West Yorkshire Archive Service
Chris Sheppard, University of Leeds
Ann Sproat, Henry Moore Institute
Jill Winder, University of Leeds

Special Thanks to:
Henry Moore Institute
Leeds City Council
Gillian Varley & Clare Hills-Nova, ARLIS Publications Committee