Thrilled to announce that Special Collections at the University of Bradford has achieved Archive Accreditation! We are the first English university to reach this new standard. I’ll be writing about what this honour means for our collections and our users 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thrilled that the Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire for the first two stages in July 2014! The route will take in iconic and difficult terrain near Bradford and in the Yorkshire Dales. This image of cyclists on Kex Gill Pass during the 1930s gives a sense of the challenges to be faced, although we hope the weather will be slightly better for the Tour.
Cyclists in the snow, Kex Gill Pass near Blubberhouses, Yorkshire, by Fred Robinson Butterfield, 1930s
This photo was taken by keen cyclist Fred Butterfield: find out more about him and his fascinating Yorkshire photographs in this entry from our 100 Objects series.
Bradford University and the City have a long interest in cycling. Like rambling, it has long been popular in this region, the closeness of incredible landscapes to Yorkshire’s industrial cities allowing workers and students to find themselves in rural and remote settings just a few minutes outside the urban bustle. J.B. Priestley’s writings often show the value he and his contemporaries placed on the Dales as a place for freedom, beauty and adventure.
Here’s the Cycling Club on Richmond Road, just outside the University, in November 1968. It looks rather chilly, and the accompanying news story observes that “the weather this term has not been favourable”, but “the more hardy members have been going out regularly each week”.
It might be cold, but notice the lack of cars on the road – bliss!
The more hardy members of Bradford University Cycling Club, from Javelin 28 November 1968.
Cycling is still really popular at the University: if you’d like to know more, see the University Bicycle Users Group and the Cycling Club websites.
This image is one of my favourites! Seasonal skating fun! It was found in the Holden Papers and nicely illustrates the riches in this wonderful archive that we are now discovering thanks to our Untangling the Holdens Project. There’s more about the Southport Glaciarium here.
Christmas Greeting also available as an A5 card, to print out, if you like: Xmas 2012.
Special Collections is closed for the festive break from 20 December to 2 January, inclusive. We would like to thank all our users, volunteers, friends and supporters for their involvement in 2012 and to wish everyone all the very best for Christmas and the coming year.
This autumn, I’ll be improving the Special Collections website to bring our users a fresh new look, even more information about the wonderful archives at Bradford, and new services too. This is part of a bigger project enhancing the Library’s site for the benefit of our students.
Some web addresses will change – including links on our blogs. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause! We will work to edit all the links we can find. Please let me know if you encounter broken links. Feedback about blogs or the website old or new is always welcome too.
From 13 July to 1 August 2012, staff annual leave means that access to Special Collections will be limited. There will also be some delay in replying to enquiries. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause!