British Library snaps up students work

Published: 29 July 2011 at 16:17

Elizabeth’s books are in demand after exhibition at Anglia Ruskin

Two pieces of artwork produced by Anglia Ruskin University student Elizabeth Fraser have been acquired by the British Library following a collaborative performance project with the Library.

Elizabeth – who is studying for an MA in Printmaking – devised the pair of books for a special exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery, which was inspired by the British Library’s Evanion Collection.

The unique collection, which contains over 5,000 items, was put together by conjurer and ventriloquist Henry Evans.  It includes posters, advertisements, trade cards and catalogues, with many relating to popular entertainment in the late 19th century.

Elizabeth, who also has a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Anglia Ruskin, said:

“I am delighted that the British Library has acquired my books.  It is a huge honour, and thanks must go to everyone who has supported me during my studies in Cambridge.”

Before preparing material for the exhibition, Anglia Ruskin students visited the British Library to explore the Evanion Collection and meet Helen Peden, the collection’s curator. 

Dr Tina Kendall, Senior Lecturer in Film & Media, said:

“It has been a genuine pleasure to help bring about this exciting collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University and the British Library.

“The Evanion collection is a treasure-trove of inspiration and all of the artists produced some inventive, thoughtful and thought-provoking work. I’m thrilled that Elizabeth’s books will now be housed in the British Library alongside their Evanion Collection.”

Jamie Andrews, Head of English and Drama at The British Library, said:

“The British Library is delighted to have collaborated on such an innovative project with Anglia Ruskin University to inspire new creative engagement by students and practitioners with our historic collection material.”

The collaboration between Anglia Ruskin and the British Library saw an evening of cine-variety and spectacular entertainments staged in Cambridge earlier this year.  Professor Vanessa’s Performing Wonders – held in conjunction with the National Fairground Archive and the University of Sheffield – took place at the Mumford Theatre in May.

To see more of Elizabeth Fraser’s work, visit