Inspired by the scrapbooks of Audrey Amiss, artist and dancer Benjamin Skinner reflects upon the processes through which we (dis)engage with waste objects in everyday life. This article is part of a two-week takeover
Why remove the illustrations from a nineteenth century midwifery manual? What might this tell us about how researchers negotiate presence, absence and access in libraries, archives and collections? Rebecca Whiteley, Shreeve Fellow in the History of Medicine at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, explores a material history of absence.