#ColourOurCollections at the Baillieu
#ColourOurCollections is a social media colouring festival launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016. Libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world share free coloring content using materials from their collections and invite their followers to color and get creative with their collections.
Join us and celebrate our collections
The four #ColourOurCollections bookmarks available at the Baillieu library reproduce illustrations from books dating from the late 17th to early 18th centuries. Known as “headpieces”, printers used (and re-used) these decorative images to head a new section of a book or an extended musical work such as an opera. Their original purpose, then, was as a bookmark of a different sort.
The images come from items found in the Hanson-Dyer Music collection, which came to Rare Music at the University in 2005. It comprises 245 music books purchased by Melbourne woman Louise Dyer during the years 1929-1931, when she first made Paris her home. The following year Dyer established her own music publishing house, Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre (Lyrebird Press), which she ran in Paris and Monaco for 30 years. Her achievements, both as an expatriate Australian publisher of music and sound recordings and as a supporter of the arts more generally, were extraordinary.
Upload your images to win
The University Of Melbourne is proud to be participate in #ColourOurCollections for the first time in 2020. To celebrate we are giving away four $50 Coles Myer gift vouchers, two per month through February and March. The competition is open to all students enrolled at the University of Melbourne. To be in the draw to win, upload your design to Instagram or Twitter and tag @unilibrary using #ColourOurCollections in the caption.
1) Woodcut from Pascal Collasse, Les Saisons: ballet, 1695,
2) Woodcut from André Campra, L’Europe galant: ballet en musique, 1698,
3) Engraving from M. (André Cardinal) Destouches, Amadis de Grece: tragédie en musique, 171,
4) Engraving from Pierre Borjon de Scellery, Traité de la musette, 1672