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Rob Sherman's "On My Wife's Back" - An End of Residency Seminar

The British Library Digital Research Team

Friday, 17 April 2015 from 14:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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Join us for hot beverages, Eccles cakes, talks and live music; in an afternoon seminar celebrating the achievements of  Rob Sherman's residency at the British Library.

Rob created original art, both physical and digital, in response to the Lines in the Ice exhibition; including a book hand bound with support from the Library's Collection Care department (you can read about this in their blog). The book was artificially aged to look like it is a real traveller's journal from the mid-19th Century and it has been on display in the gallery: baffling, delighting and amusing visitors in equal measure!

Rob also crafted a "digital cairn" for the gallery; this is a piratebox, i.e. a little web server which can only be accessed in the exhibition itself and which, when explored using a wireless device,  reveals information about the travels of a man called Isaak Scinbank between the years 1852 and 1853 (a fictional character created by Rob, whose narrative is related to the real historical accounts of the lost Franklin expedition, which features in Lines in the Ice). Furthermore, in addition to the diary and the digital cairn, Scinbank’s story is also told via a Twine game, available at

You can read more about Rob's residency at

This event has been supported by CreativeWorks London and The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

Do you have questions about Rob Sherman's "On My Wife's Back" - An End of Residency Seminar? Contact The British Library Digital Research Team

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The British Library Conference Centre
Eliot Room
96 Euston Rd
NW1 2DB London
United Kingdom

Friday, 17 April 2015 from 14:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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