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Surviving 48 hour open book exams

48 hour open exams sound tough, and I’m not going to lie, they are incredibly daunting as there is so much time pressure on you to attempt to write two well written essays. However, I think that there are many different things that you can before and during to help ease the pressure and anxiety of the exam process. The following blog post presents many different tips and advice that I have learnt throughout my own experience of completing a 48 hour open exam. If you can think of anything that I have missed, or if you have any tips that you believe should be on here comment below! During term: Note-taking: Try and take the best notes that you can during your seminars/lectures and meetings with your tutors- with history of art, tutors don’t give us the seminar notes like other subjects do, so it’s your responsibility to write everything down – even if you don’t think it’s relevant at the time, it might just be in the future. Try also to make notes …

New Flickr account

I have finally entered into the 21st century, and have created a Flickr account! On it you can view all the various photos that I have taken on my trips with the History of Art department to Paris, and some other own personal snaps that I have taken when I have been out and about around the world! Click on this link to view my photographs:

Art History Society Cocktail Party

In Week Ten, to see out the Spring Term in style, the Art History Society will be holding an exclusive Cocktail Party in at Sotano in York. Sotano is an awesome underground bar, specialising in inventive cocktails and craft beers from around the world. The bar are also creating a one-off menu for us, and their usual concoctions will also be available should you be in the mood to experiment further – there is definitely no excuse to miss this! So come and join fellow art historians or art lovers, on on Tuesday 11th March, from 9pm until midnight.  Tickets are £8 per person, which includes a cocktail! To get your ticket, check out the Facebook page for times when members of the society will be seeing tickets at the Vanbrugh Stalls over the next two weeks. Email with any questions or requests. For more information and the latest update, visit the Art History Facebook page :

The Norman Rae Gallery: ‘Afterlife’

The Norman Rea Gallery in Derwent College is currently hosting a series of photographs by Emily Garthwaite. Portraying various scenes such as portraits and landscape photographs, this series captures a poignant and personal journey around India. In September 2013, Garthwaite embarked on a ‘pilgrimage’ around India to follow her family history. Garthwaite travels with her camera and her grandmother’s ashes in order to visually capture the spiritual and personal journey through India to choose the perfect spot to scatter these ashes. Garthwaite invites us on this poignant journey through her identity and heritage. The exhibition runs from February 24th to March 7th. I haven’t seen the exhibition yet, but plan on going next week and hopefully will aim to write a brief review of it. This is the last exhibition of the term, so don’t miss out! If you want to learn a bit more about the exhibition check out the Norman Rea Gallery website: 

Paris trip 2014: Day 2

After a long and tiring previous day, we had to get up extra early in order to catch our morning train to Chartres. Located outside of Paris, our journey consisted of traveling on a double-decker train! (I’ve been on such trains before, but every time I go on one I still act like a small child getting all exciting at experiencing something different!) When we arrived at Chartres, we were welcomed by a hazy morning mist which surrounded the top of the  cathedral’s western towers. The photo above does not do the scene we saw justice, it was truly magical. The first thing on our agenda of the day, was heading down to the crypt to have a guided tour. Despite the tour being in French (and my French is not so good!), it was still really interesting to have a look at the previous Romanesque chapels. The crypt of Chartres Cathedral was once used as a hospital, so it seems somewhat surreal to imagine ill people resting below (the crypt was not the warmest …

Paris trip 2014: Day 1

I am officially back from Paris, and what an amazing time I had! Although we were only there for two full days, we managed to pack a lot of things to do within the time that was available to us. The only thing to note about Paris in February is how cold it is! The weather wasn’t quite amazing, yet that did not dampen our spirits! (Pardon the pun about the rainy whether…) Wednesday was the first ‘official’ day of our trip here in Paris. We were very lucky to be given a late start that morning, which meant that we got the chance to do some exploring of the city before we got to grips with the Virgin Mary in Paris. I headed to the Sainte-Chapelle as I am currently researching/writing about it for my dissertation! It was great to get back in there this morning – I absolutely love it, and if you haven’t been you must! I always have a very transcendental experience whenever I enter the chapel. Below are a few …