25 June 2010

Into the letterbox

The letter is my acceptance of a place on the MA Book Arts course at Camberwell College of Arts, starting in October. Some years ago, it was the first course in book arts that I'd ever encountered, and I thought I'd quite like to do it, learn to make arty books, but to do an art MA (1 year) you have to have an art BA (3 years) - and I was in fulltime work, and needed to continue working... I can't quite believe this wish has come true.

In the meantime, back to real life. Wondering which was older, the mailbox or the college, I did a little research, so here's some related trivia -

The college (in South London) opened as a technical institute in 1898, adding fine art courses by 1920. It's now part of the six-college University of the Arts London.

More fascinatingly, the VR cypher shows that the post box (at the entrance to Upper Holloway train station, opened in 1868) dates back to Victoria's reign, ie before 1903. Wall postboxes date back to 1857 - they were painted green - but by 1874 all UK postboxes had been painted red.

Everything has a history....

7 comments:

sandra wyman said...

Sounds good - congratulations! See you at Summer School

Linda said...

Yeh!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear that you were accepted. I expect to hear all about it on your blog.
Joanne

magsramsay said...

Congratulations! They must have been so impressed by your Foundation if you didn't need a BA ( and rightly so) Look forward to following your progress

Julie said...

Congratulations on your acceptance Margaret! Yo have worked so hard that you deserve your dream to come true :o)

Pat said...

Congratulations Margaret, I look forward to following your journey.

Betty Sellers said...

It is wonderful, Margaret, to have your dream come true...!