Merry 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.
Drinks Reception, Gallery II, University of Bradford
Thursday 5 December 2013 5-6 pm. All welcome.
Arts on Campus and Special Collections invite you to join us for Christmas drinks and eats and a chance to see our new exhibition in the company of its curators.
Arts Curator Amy Charlesworth, with help from Special Collections, explores the growth and significance of the most fascinating and distinctive facets of the University’s story: the Arts and Issues programme. See the Hockneys from the 1979 University Challenge win, campus buildings that never were and amazing 1970s political collages.
Credit: mince pie pic from ayca13′s flickr stream, CC BY 2.0 licence.
Cohesion, Challenge and Critique
The “Arts and Issues” fellows at Bradford University, 1966-1982
14 November 2013-16 January 2014
A new exhibition in Gallery II at the University of Bradford brings together as never before the unique resources of special collections and the permanent art collection. Arts Curator Amy Charlesworth, with help from Special Collections, explores the growth and significance of the most fascinating and distinctive facets of the University’s story: the Arts and Issues programme.
Tom Nash, maquette, circa. 1969, University of Bradford permanent art collection
The programme encourages students to look beyond the subjects of their studies, links the University to local communities, and enriches the life of the University through visual and other artforms; the exhibition considers the early years of the programme to examine how and whether these aims are achieved.
For further information, see the Gallery II website.
One of the loveliest and most surprising objects in Special Collections featured in The Times Higher’s Odds and Quads section last week: our scrapbook of fabric samples from Ackermann’s Repository.
Page of fabric samples from British Dyeing Patterns.
Odds and Quads tells the stories of the many unusual and interesting things to be found in university collections. The scrapbook’s appearance is particularly timely as this winter we will be working on our dyeing and textile history collection to bring out the historic connections to the University and the city of Bradford. Here’s the Odds and Quads piece and here’s some more detail from the 100 Objects exhibition.