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Welcome to the rabbit hole! Click for an online archive of the collection of Richard Rutt [author of the great "History of Hand Knitting"]. He donated his entire collection of rare old knitting books to the University of Southampton, which is digitising them and posting them AT THE LINK.

Saatchi Online Artist: christos tsimaris; Oil, 2011, Painting "max"

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The project explores how prehistoric people dressed and expressed creativity and identity through pottery, metalwork and textiles during the period 1800-500 BC. University of Southampton archaeologist Dr Jo Sofaer, who is leading CinBA, says:  “I’m interested in finding out what drove Bronze Age people to make the leap from clothing which was purely functional – to using clothes, along with metalwork and accessories, as a form of expression.

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ca. 1638 Rachel de Ruvigny, Countess of Southampton as Fortune by Sir Anthonis van Dyck (Fitzwilliam Museum - University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK)

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Although Southampton was ruthlessly bombed during the last war, some ancient relics survived, including the famous Bargate, which once served as the main gateway to the city at the northern end.

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