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Linda Newington - 30 years at WSA

Published: 7 July 2016
Linda Newington
Linda Newington

On Tuesday, 5th July, staff, students and friends gathered to celebrate Linda Newington's 30 year career in the library at Winchester School of Art.

Originally a Fine Art Student, Linda rejoined the School in 1986 as Deputy Librarian, She became Head Librarian in 1988 and has made this role her own, expanding and improving the library in many ways, overcoming many obstacles including not one, but two floods.

In that time she has been instrumental in the expansion and curation of the Artists’ Book Collection and the Knitting Reference Library, both now superlative resources. She also was the founder and lead for the In The Loop series of international, inter-disciplinary conferences, focused on the single subject of knitting, developing them over their numerous iterations. And in the last two years she has returned to the Fine Art programme, this time as a tutor, sharing her extensive knowledge and experience. 

Now, after 30 years of service to the School, Linda has decided to take this as her opportunity to step down and take a well deserved retirement. Amongst other activities, she will be spending time in Shetland where she has become involved with the diverse creative community there. We also hope she will be back to support future events at the School, but in the meantime all here at WSA thank her and wish her nothing but the very best. 


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