Winchester School of Art

Linda Newington

BA (Hons), MA

Primary position:
Head Librarian


The University of Southampton

Linda Newington is Head of Library and Archive Collections for Art and Design at Winchester School of Art, a specialist art and design library, of the University of Southampton Library.

She has responsibility for a number of Special Collections including the Knitting Reference Library, the Artists Books Collection, and the School of Art Archive.

Her unique and distinctive approach has been to work with these collections for a range of activities including events, exhibitions, publications, digitisation and student projects.

In 2007 she completed an MA in the History of Textiles and Dress with the Textile Conservation Centre. Her dissertation focused on the image and status of knitting in relation to the Knitting Collections held by the University Library.

She first studied for a BA Fine Art, Painting graduating with a first class honours degree from Winchester School of Art in the 1970s. Having moved to London she obtained a post as a Library Assistant at the British Museum (Natural History) in the Botany Library curating the collection of botanical drawings, paintings and prints. It was during this time she trained as a librarian.

She is the Director of In the loop, a series of four international, interdisciplinary conferences with a focus on the many aspects of knitting - see the "Research" tab for more details or visit & @intheloop3.

Exhibitions and events, a selection

  • Knitting 1914-2014, to be held in the Special Collections Gallery, University of Southampton February - April, 2014
  • Books by Artists, City Space at the Winchester Discovery Centre, 2013
  • Print Matters, Special Collections Gallery, University of Southampton, 2011
  • The Knitting Room @ Cornershop, Winchester, 2009
  • Highlights from the Montse Stanley Collection, Special Collections Gallery, University of Southampton, 2008
  • Artists Books: talks by artists, one day event at Winchester School of Art, 2006
Ms Linda Newington's photo


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Newington, Linda (2013) Making connections: collections and collaborations. ARC Magazine, (284), 27-29.
Newington, Linda (2013) Inspiring the generations: the Knitting Reference Library. Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine, (54), 36-41.
Newington, Linda (2010) 'In the Loop 2' on Woman's Hour (24/08/10). BBC Radio 4
Newington, Linda, Varley, Gillian (ed.) (2010) Nostalgia and renewal: collections and collaborations. [in special issue: Plus ça change? Papers from ARLIS/UK & Ireland’s Cambridge conference 2009: Tradition and transformation] Art Libraries Journal, 35, (1), 41-46.
Newington, Linda (2009) From potato to digital, always experimental: John Dilnot and his book works. The Blue Notebook, 3, (2), 15-21.
Newington, Linda (2009) In the Loop: the renewal of knitting. University of Southampton Special Collections Newsletter., 2009, (7), 16-17.
Newington, Linda (2008) 'In the Loop' on Radio Solent (07/08). Radio Solent

Book Section

Newington, Linda (2011) Balancing act: the inextricably bound book works of Salt + Shaw. In, Bodman, Sarah (ed.) The Artist's Book Yearbook 2012/2013. Bristol, GB, Impact Press, 57-59.
Newington, Linda (2011) A visual journey through the Artists' Books. In, Newington, Linda, White, Maria, Su, Cui, Sowden, Tom, Pichler, Michalis, Winchester Gallery , University of Southampton and Hartley Library (eds.) Print matters. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton.
Newington, Linda (2010) Knitting has an image problem. In, Hemmings, Jessica (ed.) In the Loop: Knitting Now. London, UK, Black Dog, 26-31.
Newington, Linda (2010) The contemporary visual journal. In, Amies, Marian (ed.) The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now. Kansas City, US, University of Missouri, 14-19.
Newington, Linda (2010) Villandry: homage to roses. In, Amies, Marian (ed.) The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now. Kansas City, US, University of Missouri, 60-61.
Newington, Linda (2009) At BABE with the knitting and sewing school. In, Bodman, Sarah (ed.) Artist's Book Yearbook 2010-2011: the Journey of a Book is the Beginning of a Cover. Bristol, GB, Impact Press, 93-98.
Newington, Linda (2007) Inspiring textile collections: textiles and text combined in Wichester School of Art Library and in the Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton Libraries. In, Hayward, Maria and Kramer, Elizabeth (eds.) Textiles and Text: Re-establishing the Links Between Archival and Object-based Research (Postprints). AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies: Third Annual Conference Winchester, UK, Archetype Publications, 182-185.

Conference or Workshop Item

Newington, Linda (2012) The voices of knitting. In the Loop 3 [poster]. At The Voices of Knitting. In the Loop 3, Winchester, GB, 05 - 07 Sep 2012. 1pp.
Newington, Linda (2010) Knitting origins and evolution. In the Loop 2 [poster]. At Knitting Origins and Evolution. In the Loop 2, Lerwick, GB, 01 - 05 Sep 2010. 1pp.
Newington, Linda (2008) Knitting past, present and future. In the Loop 2008 [poster]. At Knitting Past, Present and Future. In the Loop 2008, Winchester, GB, 15 - 17 Jul 2008. 1pp.
Newington, Linda (2008) Inspiring Collectors and Collections: the Knitting Collections at Winchester School of Art. In, In the Loop, Winchester, GB, 22 Apr 2009.


Newington, Linda (2011) Knitted together: a new pattern for the future. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 9pp. (Look-Here! Project Case Studies).
Newington, Linda (2011) Guide to the Artists’ Books Collection: University of Southampton Library. Southampton, GB, Winchester School of Art, 32pp.

Art Design Item

Newington, Linda (2008) An artist book talk: Solent artists' book fair 2008. Quay Arts, Anthony Minghella Theatre, Newport, GB.


In the loop 2008 - 2013

Linda is the Director of In the loop, a series of four international, interdisciplinary conferences with a focus on the many aspects of knitting. The conferences developed from her work with the Knitting Collections. They have been the foundation for cutting-edge research on knitting with contributions from academics, designers, knitters and students worldwide.

In the loop: knitting past, present and future with Dr Jessica Hemmings at Winchester School of Art, July 2008.

In the loop 2: knitting traditions and renewal with Dr Carol Christiansen at the Shetland Museum & Archives, Lerwick, September 2010.

In the loop 3: the voices of knitting with Dr Jonathan Faiers at the Winchester Discovery Centre, September 2012.

In the loop 3.5: making connections with Hazel Hughson, Shetland Arts at Mareel, Lerwick, July-August 2013.

Find out more, visit & @intheloop3

Primary research group:  Design Innovations

Affiliate research group:  Winchester Luxury Research Group


Ms Linda Newington
Winchester School of Art
University of Southampton
Park Avenue
SO23 8DL

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