Archivists! Would you like to join our small and enthusiastic team? You would be cataloguing the papers of this chap (Dr Calvin Wells), who pioneered palaeopathology (discovering ancient disease and injury from skeletal remains).
Calvin Wells with skull
We’re recruiting an Archivist to work on the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project, funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust and involving work with both Special Collections and Archaeological Sciences. The post is available for 18 months from 1 June 2017 and offers a fantastic chance to collaborate with academics and conservation/museum professionals, as well as Special Collections staff and readers. Find out more on the University’s vacancy webpage. Do contact me (Alison) if you have any queries.
From 1600s splendour to 1970s style, a new exhibition at Lotherton Hall is displaying wonderful dresses worn by Yorkshire women. Visitors can discover what clothes meant to these women and what we can learn about society from their fashion choices.
Dress by Worth of Paris, worn by Mary Holden Illingworth in 1881
One of these women is Mary Holden Illingworth, daughter of Bradford wool magnate Sir Isaac Holden. Mary obviously loved fashion and several of her luxurious and stylish outfits have survived. The image above shows a dress she bought in 1881 for her daughter’s wedding. It was created by the famous Parisian designer, Worth, and features an opulent fabric, fringing and a train.
Special Collections has loaned Mary’s book of travels and letters she wrote to her sister Maggie which include lots of detail about her interest in fashion. Kay Eggleston blogged about padding mannequins so they were the right shape to fit the clothes on show. Kay discusses how Mary’s figure changed during her life: from a slender young girl to the fuller-figured mother of five children who wore the Worth dress. But, as Kay observes, always stylish!
Fashionable Yorkshire is on show 17 March-31 December 2017. Find out more on the exhibition webpage. This BBC news story and this from the Yorkshire Post include fantastic images of the costumes and their owners.
2017 offers a very rare chance to see the original sketches of the ‘peace symbol’. Special Collections and the Trustees of the Commonweal Collection are lending them to a major exhibition at the IWM, People Power: Fighting for Peace.
Sketch of nuclear disarmament symbol,by Gerald Holtom. Copyright: Commonweal Collection.
Artist Gerald Holtom created the symbol in 1958 for the first Aldermaston March (organised by the Direct Action Committee); it was later adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and many other groups and campaigns working for peace, making it one of the most recognisable and powerful designs ever created. Holtom’s original sketches are very fragile and so can rarely be shown to the public. This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for us to display them to great numbers of people for the first time.
People Power explores 100 years of anti-war campaigning in Britain through 300 objects: banners, posters, flyers, leaflets, paintings, letters … Many have never been exhibited before. In addition to the sketches, we are lending a pencil drawing of Peace Pledge Union founder Dick Sheppard by activist and artist Peggy Smith and a range of letters and ephemera relating to the anti-nuclear campaigns of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
People Power is on show at the IWM London, 23 March-28 August 2017. Find out more on the IWM’s website.
And here’s the last of the Bradvent calendar Days. We really enjoyed sharing festive favourites from the archives. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wonder what the &c. &c. turned out to be? Social evening, 22 December 1903, Bradford Technical College
Christmas arrived at the proper time in J.B. Priestley’s Bradford: 24 December (Bright Day)
Merry Christmas! Beautiful leaved poinsettia from Beautiful Leaved Plants (1891)
Second round-up of the Special Collections Bradvent Calendar. More info in our previous post.
Fishing by torchlight looks tricky! Christmas card from Japan. Mitrinovic Archive.
Awe-inspiring scenery of Chamonix, from photograph album in the W. Riley Archive
Snow on houses, Richmond Road, during building of Main Building of University of Bradford, circa 1962, University Archive B3
Cycling Santa says giving gift tokens helps the war effort, 1941, Reynolds News
Dales-born photographer Cherry Kearton and friend, Penguin Island
14 Bombing Days till Christmas. The ICDP call for peace in Vietnam, 10 December 1966
Ingleborough in the snow, cover of book by WR Mitchell
Bored on Christmas day? The Doctor’s Visit, a compendium of old games, suggests passing a lighted match around (Jack’s Alive!)
A quirky Sun for the winter solstice, detail from issue of Reason, 1964
Entertainment of … convalescent soldiers, Bradford Technical College, 22 December 1916
We’ll share Part 3 after the New Year!
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We’re counting down to Christmas! Follow @100objectsbrad on Twitter to see a new seasonal object daily. From exquisite illustrations to 1930s Christmas cards to 1980s student humour, there’s always more to discover in Special Collections. Here’s a round-up of the first twelve.
Ice is nice! The Universal Glaciarium, 184 Lord Street, Southport, Holden Papers.
Season’s Greetings from the Co-op, Bradford Pioneer, 1935.
In the bleak midwinter … snow on the “Amp”, University of Bradford, December 2009
Our Book Tree, 2015
Our 2015 book tree was so popular we did another in 2016!
Pretty poinsettia Christmas card, Mitrinovic Archive
Brrr! Cyclists on Kex Gill, photographed by Fred Robinson Butterfield
Christmas has been too much for this sheep! Fleece, number 11, December 1983
Revenge of the Turkeys! Shep, number 2, December 1988
Common Ivy, from Beautiful Leaved Plants, one of our favourite books!
Holly, from Flowering Plants of Great Britain, 1855
Star sticker, Women for Life on Earth STAR marches, 1983, Annie Tunnicliffe Archive
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