Cultural Studies

Publishing the Archive: a launch celebration at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
02 December 2019

As Development Editor for Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings, I was fortunate to attend recent events celebrating the launch of our online resource at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

The Queen, The Crown and Mass Observation
21 November 2019

What did the British public think of the Royal Family in 1966? As Olivia Colman takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy in the new season of The Crown, documents from Mass Observation Online show how the public viewed their monarch's transition to middle age.

Way out West but still in frame
11 November 2019

With the focus of a new semester, it’s always an exciting time to hit the road and talk to academics across the country about all things humanities and social sciences. The fact that it’s also conference season again means I have the privilege of exposure to fascinating lectures, great conversations with the academic community, and the opportunity to share the latest news from Adam Matthew Digital.

Going sober for October? Some pointers from the past
25 October 2019

This Monday, 28th October, marks the hundredth anniversary of the National Prohibition Act becoming law in the United States. Also known as the Volstead Act, the Act prohibited “intoxicating beverages”, regulated the manufacture, sale and transport of alcohol whilst ensuring a supply of alcohol for industry and science. It defined “intoxicating liquors” as “any such beverages which contain one-half of 1 per centum or more alcohol by volume”, a surprisingly low limit for many.

Suffragettes, Jelly & Roll Mop Herrings: Surprising Recipes from Food History
23 October 2019

Food & Drink in History: Module I is a treasure trove of culinary surprises, with a whole host of curious recipes.

“A gradual succession of triumphs”: Achieving the domestic ideal with Mrs Beeton
11 October 2019

Over one hundred and fifty years since its first appearance in print, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management remains an archetypal text in the field of domestic and culinary arts, not simply for its extensive recipes and household management tips, but also for its creation of a persona of domestic excellence that persists, albeit in different guises, to this day. Included within Adam Matthew’s newly released resource, Food and Drink in History: Module I, is a near-complete run of the monthly instalments in which this famed text first appeared.

International Spies and French Royalty: 'The Mystique of the Orient Express'
03 October 2019

On the 4th October 1883, the Orient Express embarked on its inaugural journey from Paris to Constantinople. I have taken this opportunity to delve into Leisure, Travel & Mass Culture to explore the fascinating stories and experiences that surround this train.

 

The Long and Winding Road for Customs Officers: The Beatles Gold Disc Scandal
27 September 2019

To mark the 50th anniversary of the last-recorded album of The Beatles, Abbey Road, take a look into Popular Culture in Britain and America 1950-1975. Read how one case of The Beatles “gold records” was confiscated by customs officials following unpaid import duty in 1964. Discussions on whether to sell or destroy these awards continued within the department, and with the bands management company, for the next four years.

From the Great Exhibition to London Design Festival
20 September 2019

This week sees the opening of London Design Festival, an annual event ‘held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.’

Melodies floating on the wind: musical recordings from across the globe
10 September 2019

Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings which published last month is Adam Matthew’s first predominantly audio collection; produced in collaboration with the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and featuring materials from University of Washington’s Ethnomusicology Archive.

The resource includes hundreds of field recordings from all over the world; from Brooklyn hip hop, to European religious music, to Javanese gamelan. It’s been an exciting 18 months working on this project and getting to listen to music from around the globe.

On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake up a Treat with Adam Matthew Digital
29 August 2019

Allow me to make something clear: I will find any excuse to treat myself to baked goods, and the return of the Great British Bake Off to our TV screens this week was as good an excuse as any to tuck in.

Short snorters: Write on the money
23 August 2019

What on earth is a 'short snorter'? Assessing material for our newly released resource America in World War Two several years ago, I found myself faced with the archival catalogue of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and this very question.

Best Foot Forward
02 August 2019

I am continually losing socks. There is no rhyme or reason to it. I don’t think I can even blame the washing machine because occasionally I will notice in the evening that, while I may have started my day with two socks on, I am now definitely only wearing one.

The Moon Always Shines on TV: 50 years after the Moon Landing
18 July 2019

It has been 50 years since the words “that’s one small step..." were broadcast live to the masses, and the world knew that man had landed on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission had finally given the US the upper hand in the Space Race, more than a decade after the Soviet Union declared its intention to launch a satellite.

Plastic Free July: Selling Plastic
05 July 2019

In line with recent pleas to cut down on our consumption of single-use plastics, this month marks Plastic Free July. Anybody who’s been to the supermarket recently or tried to figure out recycling will realise how ingrained this material now is in our lives, as we shop for our plastic covered fruit and vegetables and try and figure out if we can recycle our yoghurt pots.

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