Treasure of the month.

Each month the Special Collections team look to unearth our most interesting items to tell you more about their significance, often to commemorate anniversaries or tie in with contemporary events.

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Janet - March 2018

Post-it note attached to material in The Bloodaxe Archive, contained in BXB/4/5/1 and stored in Special Collections at The Robinson Library

Stored in the Bloodaxe archive in the Robinson Library there is a note written in the margins of the manuscript of Ken Smith's poetry collection, 'The Poet Reclining' from 1977, one of Bloodaxe Book's first publications:

'pity Janet, you've done it again!'

References to 'Janet' continue to appear frequently in the editorial marginalia, minutes and notes. As part of her practice-based PhD research, Kate Sweeney has decided to build a 'Janet' - from traces of administration ephemera found in the archive. An amalgamated, chimerical idea of a 'Janet' from paper. From the margins, notes and minutes, but mainly from the post-its - a part of the archive and Apart from the archive - much like Janet herself...

'Treasure of the Month'

This month's treasure is Janet. Janet seeps through on post-its pressed upon other people. A part and apart, her stickiness is temporary, her yellow glow fleets over faces. She is deeply disposable unless undetected - then, she slips off her sheet, off her box and into the archive...