SHIPS in the SKY: the Co-op Connection
It’s here at last SHIPS in the SKY: the Co-op Connection. We were delighted when the modernists approached us to do a book related to the SHIPS project and thought it only fitting to focus on one strand of the project that also relates to Manchester - our beloved Co-op.
In celebration of the co-operative movement and the direct connection that SHIPS in the SKY has to the Co-op Society, Esther Johnson has produced a 44 page full-colour booklet published by The Modernist Society. The booklet brings together a selection of project donations associated with the former Hull Co-operative Society Central Premises, alongside an assortment of delightful CWS and Co-op ephemera through the ages.
Linking to the launch of this publication, we’re excited that the fab folk at the Co-operative Archive will undertake a @shipsinthesky63 instagram takeover for a week from Friday 26th November 2021. We’re dead chuffed about this particularly as Esther has undertaken extensive research in their fascinating archives.
Collaborating with The Modernist Society - a not for profit organisation - is our way of saying thank you for their enthusiasm for the SHIPS in the SKY project, and passion both for Alan Boyson’s work and post-war Hull. All profits from this book support the modernists in their work.
For their assistance with Ships in the Sky and with the making of this booklet, Esther would like to thank:
The Estate of E.P. Andrew; Leigh Bird; The Estate of Alan Boyson; Hull Central Library; Hull Daily Mail; Hull History Centre; James Reckitt Library Trust; Christopher Marsden; The Modernist Society; National Co-Operative Archive; Art, Design and Media Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University; John E. Smith; Christopher Wilson; and all supporters of Ships in the Sky
Researched, written, and edited by Esther Johnson
Designed by Christopher Wilson at Oberphones
Printed by Jump
© 2021 Esther Johnson
Published by the modernist
The booklet also includes photographs and selfies posted on social media of three shops lovers wearing their #fishandshipshull 2020 charity t-shirts.
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