Introducing… “Star Attractions: Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom”!

As you may recall, kind reader, NoRMMA members Tamar Jeffers McDonald and Lies Lanckman (me!) have been working on an edited collection based on a number of papers presented at the 2015 “Turning the Page” conference, to be published with the University of Iowa Press. We’re currently finishing work on this book, and can, at this stage, reveal the cover!…

LOC seeks volunteers to transcribe Women’s Suffrage material

‘Digitizing The War Illustrated’ workshop participant Lisa has very kindly brought NoRMMA’s attention to a brilliant campaign which may be of interest. The United States’ Library of Congress (LOC) is asking for volunteers to transcribe, and review others’ transcriptions of, written material relating to women’s suffrage in the United States. Our workshops have shown us that while OCR is very…

TWI Tea Dance Launch on 7 September!

We are very excited to announce the date of the official tea-dance themed launch of the digitized The War Illustrated archive. The free launch will take place on Saturday the 7th of September, 2-5pm, in the accessible Aphra and Lumley buildings on the University of Kent campus, in Canterbury. Find a map here. The launch will include interesting talks about…

How to Research Guide

A significant part of the University of Kent’s National Lottery Heritage Funded ‘Digitizing the War Illustrated’ project is to make all 234 issues of this important World War I publication (22nd August 1914-15th February 1919) available for all, for ever, for free via the Internet Archive. This blog post provides background and guidance on using the archive in the following…

Second ‘Digitizing The War Illustrated’ Workshop Roundup

Like our first workshop (see the round up here: http://www.normmanetwork.com/first-digitizing-the-war-illustrated-workshop-roundup/) the second also covered an eclectic array of subjects including: locations, espionage, the use of language, nursing, zeppelins and films and stars. Some of these subjects provided a link to our first workshop as locations were again a popular choice. One of our participants researched their Kentish hometown. Another attendee…

Other British World War I Publications

While the focus of our National Lottery Heritage Funded project is The War Illustrated, I thought it might be useful to provide some context. The above table, and some of the below comment, place The War Illustrated alongside other British war-time publications which were available to the public at the time. Kate Macdonald, previously of the University of Reading, has…

Third Digitizing The War Illustrated Workshop

Our third free Digitizing The War Illustrated Workshop will take place on the 31st of July, 10am-4pm, in Jarman Studio 7 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. During the workshop, we will give volunteers some background information on the important World War I magazine The War Illustrated (August 1914-February 1919). We will help them to familiarise themselves with the…

“My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth.”

by Lies Lanckman In February of this year, I was asked to contribute to the launch event of the BFI’s Barbara Stanwyck season – an invitation I very happily accepted, since I frequently describe Stanwyck (along with Ingrid Bergman) as “my Norma before I met Norma”. While Norma Shearer ended up becoming “my” primary star, and the topic of my…

Second Digitizing The War Illustrated Workshop

Our second free Digitizing The War Illustrated Workshop will take place on the 24th of July, 10am-4pm, in Jarman Studio 7 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. During the workshop, we will give volunteers some background information on the important World War I magazine The War Illustrated (August 1914-February 1919). We will help them to familiarise themselves with the…