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.

An Artist in the Archive: welcoming Kate Morrell

Originally posted on Celebrating Jacquetta Hawkes:

An exciting new project for 2014.  Special Collections and Arts on Campus at the University of Bradford are commissioning artist Kate Morrell to explore the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive.  As a look at Kate’s website reveals, there are fascinating connections between Kate’s interests and the Archive.   Kate has used classic mountaineering tales, flints, geological surveys, and archaeological practice as inspirations for her work.  Like Jacquetta in her writings, Kate is drawn to reflections on our relationships with nature, the past, and the making of objects.

Arrowhead in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, bought in Taos New Mexico

Arrowhead in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, bought in Taos New Mexico

Her work will be exhibited in Gallery II at the University in the Spring of 2014.  We look forward to collaborating with Kate and seeing what she makes of the Archive.

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Invitation: Mince Pies and Art, 5 December 2013

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.

Mince pies for Fetcham Park

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.