Rat! Vomit! Slippery! Squab! Moist!
Do certain words give you the creeps? The One Show on Friday 16 January 2015, filmed in locations around Bradford, explored the strange phenomenon of “word aversion”.
You can see the programme on BBC IPlayer until 15 February (feature runs from 02:21-06:27 minutes).
Watch out for Special Collections books (backgr0und of interview), our students and catering staff, and some great shots of Centenary Square.
“I vote for Radical Action!” Ernest Rodker
Commonweal Lecture 2015
Tuesday 17 February 6:00 pm
John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford
Ernest Rodker is a conscientious objector and veteran of many direct action campaigns including Free Vanunu, Stop the 70 Tour, Anti-Poll Tax campaign and local campaigns. Ernest will share details of these campaigns and how direct action has shaped his life. He recently donated the Archive of the Free Vanunu Campaign to Special Collections, where it will form a fantastic resource for activists and researchers interested in nonviolent campaigning. The lecture is brought to you by Commonweal Collection, an independent public library for social change.
What was life like for people living in Bradford during the First World War? How did they cope with the challenges of “long working hours, restricted opportunities for recreation and relaxation, … darkened streets, the increased cost of living and the rigid economy“*?
In her new book, Bradford: remembering 1914-1918, published today, local researcher Kathryn Hughes discusses these questions in the light of new discoveries in Bradford archives. I am very much looking forward to reading it!
*Bradford Sanitary Association Annual Report 1915, quoted by Dr Hughes on the Bradford WW1 website.
Special collections in universities aren’t just dusty things in basements that are kept because they are nice or old. They’re part of the story of their institution, highlighting and documenting its distinctive qualities. For instance, the University of Bradford has peace campaign archives because of the radical history of the University and the City and collections on dyeing and textile industries because we grew from the City’s need for technical education. If properly cared for and catalogued, such collections are invaluable for research, teaching, community work, art and even student recruitment.
Classroom in Bradford Technical College Textile Department, circa 1911
Unique and Distinctive Collections, a new report co-authored by Alison Cullingford and published by Research Libraries UK aims to help university senior managers see the potential of their collections and encourage them to invest in making more of them.
Our project archivist, Emma, found this delightful Christmas card in the Mitrinovic Archive: we hope you like it as much as we do. The pencil annotations are by the philosopher and activist Mitrinovic himself: you can find out more about his ideas and his habit of writing on any piece of paper to hand in Emma’s blog.
We’re closed for the Christmas holidays from 24 December 2014-4 January 2015 inclusive. 2014 has been a fantastic year (highlight being our Accreditation) and we have many exciting events coming up in 2015 (not to mention 2016). Thanks to all our readers and other friends for your support!