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.

95. A Letter to the Lancet: the story of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War

PaxCat 2 and the Peace Pamphlets

Originally posted on The PaxCat Project:

I’m delighted to share with you the first product of PaxCat 2: the peace pamphlet collection.

PaxCat 2 will make available the remaining Commonweal archives and historic material which were not covered by the first phase of the PaxCat project.  These are fantastic resources which intertwine with the catalogued archives – so many connections of people, places and organisations.  Find out more about PaxCat 2 here.

Poison gas. Cover 133

So far we have catalogued about 2000 of the peace-related pamphlets, from the First World War to the present day.  We’ve used an Excel spreadsheet for the cataloguing, which offers the speed, flexibility and accessibility we need to get these resources to the public without external funding.  They are often very striking visually, as this Poison Gas illustration shows.  More images and lots of information about the pamphlets in no. 89 of the 100 Objects series.

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Arts and Issues: new exhibition in Gallery II Nov 2013-Jan 2014

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

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.

Odds, Quads, Fabrics and Fashion Plates: British Patterns Scrapbook in the Times Higher

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.

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.