Work with us! Archivist for the New Atlantis Archive project

We’re advertising for a new colleague to join the Special Collections team: an Archivist to catalogue the Mitrinovic/New Atlantis Archive.

Mitrinovic and his circle

Mitrinovic (in the centre) and his group of followers

The Archive tells the story of an extraordinary man whose life and ideas are intertwined with so many others in early 20th century art, literature, politics and culture. It shows how he built a circle of followers who shared his aspirations towards a better and peaceful Europe.    We are thrilled that we will soon be able to make this important collection publicly available.

The post is part time, pro rata, for 16 months, and the key dates are 12 May (closing date) and 3 June for interviews.  Note that the post requires a qualified professional archivist with relevant skills and experience.  I welcome informal enquiries about the post by email.

JB Priestley: soldier, writer, painter …

J.B. Priestley: Soldier, Writer, Painter.
Curated by the J.B. Priestley Society
Bradford Industrial Museum. 

19 April – 17 August 2014

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This summer we bring a unique opportunity to see some different sides to  J.B. Priestley.   You knew he was a writer (we hope).  He was also a …

Soldier …
Aged just 19, “Jack” Priestley joined the British Army in September 1914.  The next five years changed his life forever and that of his home city of Bradford.  The Industrial Museum has a major exhibition about Bradford’s Home Front which our display complements.  We are showing Jack’s letters home and the photographs and memorabilia that travelled with him for the next 50 years.  He used them for inspiration when he drew together his experiences in the dream-like tour de force that is the middle section of his 1962 memoir Margin Released.

Painter …
JB loved art and later in life took up painting as an enjoyable hobby.  The J.B. Priestley Society have assembled 30 of his works for this show.   These intriguing survivals  illustrate the love of landscape that makes so many of his books unforgettable , his understanding of art, and his extensive travels.   A few are still for sale, if you would like a unique bit of Priestleiana in your life.

The exhibition is free and open to all.  You can find out more about opening times etc. on the Museum’s website.

 

 

Pots Before Words: exhibition Spring 2014

Originally posted on Celebrating Jacquetta Hawkes:

Pots Before Words | Kate Morrell

10 April-22 May 2014

Gallery II, University of Bradford

Kate Morrell Pots before Words

Pots Before Words is an exhibition of new works by Kate Morrell, commissioned by Gallery II at the University of Bradford.  Kate engages with the life and work of Jacquetta Hawkes, via research in her Archive at the University.  PBW features a series of new objects and drawings by Kate.  It centres on Jacquetta’s study of prehistory, her appreciation of the role of pottery, and her humanistic take on archaeology.  Kate is particularly interested in the issues which arise when interpreting or translating from an incomplete or inaccurate record of the past …

Find out more about Gallery II and the exhibition on their website.  Preview 10 April 5-8 pm.

Credit: image courtesy Kate Morrell.

Thanks to the Arts Council England for their support for this exhibition!

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Service Update

Special Collections services will be very limited between 1 and 17 March (staff on annual leave).  Apologies for any inconvenience!

We’ve not blogged a great deal recently – this is because we have been occupied with our application for archive accreditation.  We have many exciting events and other news coming up so expect more here very soon.

 

Sharing our Gems: talk at Senate House, 15 January

I’ll be introducing our wonderful Special Collections to the Friends of Senate House Library this Wednesday, 15 January 2014.  My talk, From Hidden Gems to Greatest Treasures, is at 6pm.  All are welcome!  Here’s the poster: BradfordJan2014 (2).

And here’s the website for the Friends, featuring several other talks for fans of archives and rare books.

 

Medical Association for the Prevention of War: catalogue now online

Originally posted on The PaxCat Project:

I told the story of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW)  in a blog post a few weeks ago.  Now I’m delighted to announce that a new catalogue of our MAPW Archive is available, in Word or PDF form, from the Archive’s own webpage.  The Archive a really interesting and rich collection spanning forty years, with lots of links to our other collections, not to mention the work of colleagues past and present in Peace Studies.  We’re looking forward to working with the archivists at the Wellcome Library* next year, when we will be exploring the great potential of medical peace archives for researchers in many disciplines.  Watch this space …
* Wellcome holds the archives of MCANW and Medact: MAPW merged with the former to create the latter!

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Season’s Greetings from Special Collections

merry christmas 1BLP31Poinsettia crfrom 1Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Alison and Martin, Special Collections, University of Bradford.

We are closed for the festive break 23 December-3 January inclusive.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to working with all our readers, colleagues, friends and supporters in the New Year.

Credit: Poinsettia picture from one of our favourite printed books: Beautiful Leaved Plants: being a description of the most beautiful leaved plants in cultivation in this country / by E.J. Lowe and W. Howard.  3rd ed. Nimmo, 1891.