Odds and quads - 2 May 2013

May 2, 2013

These two iron locks, one (with key) for a door, the other probably from a chest or strongbox, form part of a collection that was donated to the Manchester School of Art in 1911 by the architect Edgar Wood. This has now been incorporated into the Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

Wood (1860-1935) attended art and design classes at the Manchester School of Art, against the wishes of his mill-owning father, before he qualified as an architect in 1885.

Greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Wood was responsible for a number of major buildings across the North of England in a distinctive style that combined the traditions of local vernacular architecture with elements of Art Nouveau.

True to his Arts and Crafts principles, Wood oversaw every aspect of his design projects, including stained glass, furniture and fittings, and loved travelling through Europe and the Middle East to observe different styles of building and to collect items of interest.

The locks represent his fascination with antique and Gothic styles and were used to help him re-learn old techniques and effects that he wished to apply in his own work.

Send suggestions for this series on the treasures, oddities and curiosities owned by universities across the world to matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, government

There really is no need for the Higher Education and Research Bill, says Anne Sheppard