Our wonderful county of Yorkshire is an incredibly distinctive place, full of amazing characters, stories, places, and food. For its 75th anniversary, the Dalesman Magazine is asking people to vote for their Yorkshire icons, to choose the top 75.
Yorkshire sheep somewhere in the Dales, from the Butterfield photo archive.
As you might expect, many of the suggested icons have connections with the University, Bradford, or our collections. For instance, The Dalesman and Bill Mitchell, Harold Wilson (our first Chancellor), J.B. Priestley and of course sheep and WOOL (which made Bradford and the University).
More to follow when the final 75 are revealed!
PS This covers the whole of Yorkshire, not just the Dales!
Posted in Bradford, Priestley, J.B., Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Tagged Bill Mitchell, Dalesman, Dalesman Magazine, J.B. Priestley, Magazines, Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Special Collections will be closed or offering a limited service between Thursday 31 October and Wednesday 6 November inclusive. This is because of possible industrial action (31 October) and staff annual leave. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Why did J.B. Priestley’s Second World War Postscripts come to an end? Did Winston Churchill have him taken off the air?
This intriguing and perennial question was aired again on the BBC’s Yorkshire Inside Out programme on the 21st, which discussed a recent book by Richard North. I showed materials from the J.B. Priestley Archive that might shed light on the story and we also saw Churchill’s own Archive at Churchill College. If you missed the programme, catch up on the iplayer until Sunday – we are about 10 minutes from the end.
I should point out that North’s book and the interpretation put on the Priestley/Churchill story by the programme are controversial. If you’re interested in exploring this further, check out my Postscripts exhibition and Nicolas Hawkes’ pamphlet which used the BBC’s own archives and many scholarly sources (available to purchase from the J.B. Priestley Society).
I see that I haven’t yet written about the splendid work being done on the popular fiction of the early 20th century at Sheffield Hallam University. It’s time to put that right! SHU has an excellent collection of such works. This blog by Erica Brown chronicles the rediscovery of these often forgotten gems by a reading group. There’s lots of overlap with our Special Collections – they’ve even been reading J.B. Priestley!
Recently the group turned their attention to the work of Willie Riley, whose archive we have at Bradford. Riley is a wonderful example of an author who was a best-seller and a household name, thanks to his delightful debut Windyridge, but whose popularity has waned since.
Riley is now having a mini-revival, thanks to the efforts of former Bradford University student David Copeland, who has written extensively about Willie, uncovered archives and made many fascinating connections. On 25 October 2013, David will talk about Willie as part of an event on Yorkshire writers during Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival. Find out more in this article from Saturday’s Yorkshire Post.
Windyridge Revisited dustjacket – my favourite dustjacket in Special Collections!
Posted in Bradford, Literature, Religion, Riley,Willie, Yorkshire
Tagged Fiction, Literature, Novelists, Novels, Sheffield Hallam University, Special Collections, Willie Riley, Yorkshire
I’m delighted to announce the arrival of a new colleague working on the University of Bradford’s heritage. Amy Charlesworth, who started work this summer, is our new Curator of Arts. She will be responsible not only for display and outreach work but for managing the University’s Permanent Art Collection.
This stunning image comes from Amy’s first exhibition in the University’s Gallery II, Art Forms in Nature. These photogravures by pioneering German photographer Karl Blossfeldt offer unique insights into the shapes and textures of flora and fauna. On show till 1 November 2013.
Amy’s role has much in common with our activities in Special Collections. We are all here to care for and make the most of the University’s heritage and to use it to reach out to new audiences. There are many ways in which we can work together and we have exciting plans for joint exhibitions later this year and in 2014. Watch this space!
Follow Amy on Twitter for the latest on Arts on Campus and lots of other arts news too: @amycharlesworth.
PS The story of the Visual Arts at Bradford is a fascinating and complex story, beyond the scope of this little news piece. More on this soon however.