Priestley, Documentary, Realism and Democracy: open one-day conference sponsored by the J.B. Priestley Society.
9.45-17.00 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. 25 October 2014.
There is still time to book a place at this fascinating conference, which includes Special Collections staff among the speakers.
It is eighty years since the publication of J.B. Priestley’s English Journey . The book influenced a whole generation on its appearance and has since inspired numerous responses and sequels. This conference aims both to do justice to that impact and also to consider wider issues raised by the documentary and social-realistic work of Priestley and his contemporaries in the Thirties and Forties. Alison Cullingford will introduce delegates to the Heinemann Scrapbook, which shows how the publisher whipped up interest in Priestley’s controversial comments on English cities (image above). Martin Levy will explore belatedness and Priestley’s social philosophy. Other speakers will cover aspects of cinema, Orwell, Muir, social fiction and Priestley’s wartime suspense stories.
To find out more and book your place, see the conference mini-website.
Download the Programme. JBPS 2014 Conference Running Order
Download the Poster. JBPS_Conference_Poster
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The J.B. Priestley Society and National Media Museum present Johnson over Jordan. 12 October 2014, Bradford.
In the experimental play Johnson over Jordan (1939), J.B. Priestley explored the meaning of life – and death. Everyman Robert Johnson leads an ordinary family life, until he dies and is thrown into bewildering, terrifying, and, ultimately, moving afterlife experiences. This event offers the first opportunity to see the TV adaptation of the play since its original “Thursday Theatre” broadcast on BBC2 in 1965. The adaptation features a stellar cast, including Ralph Richardson, who created the part onstage, as Johnson.
A must-see for all Priestley fans and anyone with an interest in theatre, television or philosophy. You can book tickets via the National Media Museum website.
Special Collections at the University of Bradford has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation, the first service in an English university to achieve this standard. We got the certificate today, piccies to follow.
Accreditation is a new UK standard for managing archives. It has much in common with the long-established accreditation for museums. Accredited archive services take proper care of their wonderful collections and work hard to make them available to students, staff, local people and anyone who might benefit from engaging with them. The award will help us help our users in two ways:
1. Shiny Award!
First of all, accreditation is an accolade which means a lot in a university setting – especially as we are very early adopters. It will help us make the case for the funding and other support we need as we face the challenge of collecting digital archives.
2. Makes Us Think??
Secondly, the process of applying for accreditation is incredibly helpful (and I would say that even if we had not received the award). It makes you think hard about how your service works and how it can improve. Receiving the award is just the start!