The Actual and the Real is a conference exploring J.B. Priestley’s English Journey and its connections to the documentary movement and other literary and political threads of the 30s and 40s. It takes place in Leeds on 25 October 2014. Find out more on the Conference website, including details of the Call for Papers which ends on 14 June.
Last weekend the Yorkshire Post published a really interesting piece about J.B. Priestley’s First World War experiences. The article, by Steve McClarence, uses objects from Priestley’s Archive to tell the story: his shoulder-badge, his photographs, his letters, and above all Priestley’s unforgettable writings about the War in Margin Released and English Journey. You can see the archive objects for yourself in our current exhibition at the Bradford Industrial Museum.
We’re advertising for a new colleague to join the Special Collections team: an Archivist to catalogue the Mitrinovic/New Atlantis Archive.
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.
J.B. Priestley: Soldier, Writer, Painter.
Curated by the J.B. Priestley Society
Bradford Industrial Museum.
19 April – 17 August 2014
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.