An update on the Special Collections staff changes we shared with you back in October.
We are delighted to welcome our new archivist to the University! Julie Parry will start work in January. She is highly experienced and has worked with lots of modern, radical archives at the People’s History Museum, where she is senior archivist.
Alison (who writes this) leaves the University at Christmas to take up wonderful role at Durham Cathedral. Martin is now settled into his new subject librarian role though still continues to be involved with Special Collections and will help Julie to settle in. Our Project Archivist, James Neill, finishes on the 30th November. He has done a fantastic job in cataloguing and promoting the complex Calvin Wells Archive and we are very grateful to him for all his efforts.
We are hopeful that we can offer a fairly seamless transition to new opening hours and arrangements in 2019 once Julie has started. However we are not yet able to confirm exactly how our new service will operate. Please therefore continue to inform us by email email@example.com if you are interested in making a booking for 2019. As soon as new hours are agreed, we will be contacting interested parties to offer appointments. Apologies for any inconvenience. We believe it is better not to take firm bookings than to risk disappointing people whose bookings we cannot honour.
The Catalogue of the Calvin Wells Archive is now freely available online via the Archives Hub: https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/data/gb532-cal
This high quality, very detailed set of metadata was written by James Neill with help from Michelle Williams-Ward. Michelle as an osteology expert was able to ensure that the medical terms used are accurate and that the catalogue works well for typical palaeopathological research themes. The archive will also have much to offer anyone with an interest in medical history, anthropology, or the history of East Anglia.
Thank you to James and Michelle for their excellent work. Thanks too of course to the Wellcome Trust for funding the Putting Flesh on the Bones project.
Some big changes are on the way for Special Collections.
I (Alison) will be leaving the University at Christmas to take on the role of Head of Collections at Durham Cathedral. I am sad to leave Bradford and grateful for the many opportunities I have had there. However the new role is too wonderful to pass up and I am thrilled to work with manuscripts, early printed books and objects in their historic, distinctive setting. Martin is also moving on, taking up a subject librarian role in the J.B. Library: he has been a huge asset to the team and will be much missed.
We are hoping to minimise disruption to the service during these changes. We are already recruiting a new archivist and are hoping to have someone in post as soon as possible. If you’re planning to visit us in 2019, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep in touch with you about the prospects for your visit.
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Originally posted on Putting Flesh on the Bones:
Blog post by the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project Conservator Vanessa Torres. A trained paper conservator Vanessa works at the National Science and Media Museum, and acts as secretary for the…
The end of our Putting Flesh on the Bones Project is in sight. It’s been a wonderful experience and we are most grateful to the Wellcome Trust for funding it. The project team have created catalogues and digital resources that unlock the Calvin Wells Archive, creating an invaluable resource for researchers. We have also enjoyed learning more about Calvin Wells himself, who was not only a doctor and archaeologist, but a columnist, water-skier, and collector of strange objects.
To launch the project, we’re hosting ‘Bones, Bodies and Diseases’, a one-day conference, at the Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford, on 26 January 2019. The event, named after his famous book, is a tribute to Dr Wells. It is also an opportunity to celebrate and share the work of the project and of palaeopathologists and other researchers. The event is free and all are welcome. You can register, see the call for abstracts, and find out more via our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bones-bodies-and-disease-2019-one-day-conference-and-launch-event-for-the-calvin-wells-archive-registration-50908230889.
Our Project Archivist has discovered some fascinating and sometimes gruesome stories in the archives … find out more in this article from the fantastic Folklore Thursday website:
Source: Magic, Myth & Medicine in the Calvin Wells Archive