The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

Ms Linda Newington BA (Hons), MA

Head Librarian

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Ms Linda Newington is Head Librarian within Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton.

Linda Newington is the Head of Library and Archive Collections for Art and Design at Winchester School of Art's specialist art and design 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 conferences, events, exhibitions, publications, digital 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 also continues to practice as an artist and regularly teaches Fine Art at the School.

 Public talks

Linda has also delivered a range of public talks on Archives and Collections to the following groups, institutions and societies: Art Libraries Society UK & Eire, BABE: Bristol Artists Book Event at Arnolfini, Bookham Knitting Club Surrey, Cambridge Weavers & Spinners Guild, Fleet Knitting Club, Knitting & Crochet Guild, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, Romsey Local History Society, Royal Academy, Edinburgh, Shetland Museum & Archives, Shetland College, University of Sheffield, VADS: Visual Arts Data Service.


Curated Exhibitions

Personal Exhibitions


In the Loop

In the loop, series of international inter-disciplinary conferences since 2008

In the loop 4, Knitting: from craft to couture with the University of Glasgow, 25-27 August 2015

Knitting 1914-2014; Study Days co-organised with Jonathan Faiers, held at the Highfield Campus and at Winchester School of Art, 2-3 April 2014.

In the loop 3.5: making connections with Hazel Hughson, Shetland Arts at Mareel, Lerwick, 31 July- 2 August 2013, as part of the Shetland International Textile Festival

In the loop 3: the voices of knitting at the Winchester Discovery Centre, September 2012 Including Pompom making workshop, children’s workshop with student ambassadors at the Winchester Discovery Centre, summer 2012

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

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



World Book Day event including 30 Books with Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, March 2016 (in preparation)

World Book Day event including Homage to Louise Bourgeois with Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, March 2015

Knitting a new pattern for the future, digitisation pilot projects, University of Southampton Library– Victorian knitting manuals, Sirdar knitting patterns, 2011-2013

Look Here! VADS: Visual Arts Data Service, JISC funded project, lead collection the Knitting Collections from the University of Southampton Library, 2010

Research group(s)

Design Innovations

Affiliate research group(s)

Winchester Luxury Research Group

Curated Exhibitions

Leaves, threads and traces as part of Reading Room at the Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, November 2015 (co-curator)

Knitting 1914-2014, Special Collections Gallery, University of Southampton Library, 4 February – 4 April, 2014. There is a short film of the exhibition including WSA Textile/Fashion students, link on the website at

Books by Artists, Winchester Discovery Centre, 7 March – 14 April, 2013. Including for World Book Day, children’s workshop with student ambassadors from Fine Art at the Winchester Discovery Centre, April 2013 (curated with Catherine Polley)

Print matters, Special Collections Gallery, University of Southampton Library, 24 January – 26 March, 2011. Exhibition included work by Winchester School of Art staff and students.

The knitting room @ Cornershop, Winchester 5 – 28 June, 2008

In the loop: highlights from the Montse Stanley Collection, Special Collections Gallery, University of Southampton Library, 2008

Personal exhibitions and residencies

Hav & Himmel (Sea & Sky) with Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Doverodde Kobmandsgard, Hurup Ty, Denmark, 19 May – 28 June 2015

Artist in residence at Limsfjord Centret, Doverodde, Denmark, April – May, 2014

Shetland watercolours on show in the Café, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Arts, February to March, 2013

Quiet Beauty, solo show of Shetland paintings at Jane Fuest Gallery, Alresford, November 2012

Artist residency at The Booth, Shetland, June 2010

Solo exhibitions as the painter with a ceramicist at Bettles Gallery, Ringwood in 2005, 2007

Group exhibitions at - Maltby Fine Art in Winchester, Bindmans in London, The Link Gallery in Winchester and the Theatre Royal in Winchester

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