Special Collections staff (Alison, Martin and James) would like to wish all our users, colleagues, and other friends a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2018. Our seasonal image highlights our Putting Flesh on the Bones project, which will make a wonderful archive available to researchers and the public. If this intrigues you, check out the project blog.
Please note that we are closed for the Christmas break from 22 December to 2 January. We look forward to sharing more archive adventures with you in 2018!
Between 1953 and 1969 Calvin Wells wrote numerous columns for the Eastern Daily Press under the nom de plume ‘Calliphon’. Wells was a well-known physician of high social standing in East Anglia and it is possible he found greater freedom of expression writing through a pseudonym. Although many readers wrote letters of enquiry, Calliphon never […]
via Calliphon. — Putting Flesh on the Bones
STOP PRESS – CLOSING DATE NOW 11 NOVEMBER
We’re looking for a Conservator to join the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project Team.
The post of Project Conservator is central to the delivery of the project, which aims to make the hidden and scattered Calvin Wells Archive fully available to the public. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources grant, PFOTB is a collaboration between Special Collections and the Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC) at the University of Bradford.
Discover more about Dr Wells and his work via the Putting Flesh on the Bones project blog.
The Conservator will take the lead on all aspects of collections care within the project, including repairs, remedial conservation, secondary packaging and digitisation preparation activities. There will also be the opportunity to help improve collections care throughout the Special Collections service.
We are looking for a qualified conservator with specialist knowledge and work-based experience relevant to the project. They will also need excellent communication skills and be able to manage their own workload. More about the role and our requirements on the University’s job website.
Post reference: HR0048513.
The post is part-time for 12 months.
Closing date: 1 November 2017.
We’ve been asked this question several times over the last week or so. Why? The University of Bradford has been in the news with an archives project that is fascinating journalists, academics, and members of the public. The project, ‘Putting Flesh on the Bones‘, is a Wellcome-funded joint endeavour between Special Collections the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford.
We are investigating the life and work of, yes, a palaeopathologist, Dr Calvin Wells. A palaeopathologist is a scientist who studies ancient pathologies (injuries, disease). Dr Wells was a pioneer in this discipline, reporting on skeletal finds from many archaeological sites. The people whose remains he studied led often difficult, violent and painful lives – all shown in the growth of and damage to the bones.
Coverage so far includes:
There will be much more to discover as we delve deeper into this rich archive. Keep in touch with project developments via the project blog.
Our Archaeological Sciences colleagues are expert palaeopathologists, using old and new techniques to unlock the secrets of the bones. Which brings me to the pleasant task of welcoming a new colleague, our Project Osteologist, Michelle Williams-Ward. Michelle is working on burials in medieval Norfolk for her PhD student at the University. Her project role involves making sense of the many images of bones in the archive. This requires considerable expertise. Michelle’s insights have already proved most helpful!
Meet James Neill, who has just joined Special Collections as Project Archivist.
James will be with us for 18 months, working on the Wellcome-funded ‘Putting Flesh on the Bones Project’, a collaboration between Special Collections and Archaeological Sciences. Working closely with the rest of the project team, James will be cataloguing, digitising, preserving, and promoting the rich and unique archive of pioneering palaeopathologist Dr Calvin Wells. He will be based in Richmond Building but will also be seen around Special Collections.
James received his archive qualification from the University of Glasgow in 2013. Since then he has worked for all kinds of arts, heritage and academic organisations, including the Mercers’ Company, London Metropolitan Archives and the University of Arts London, and on collections ranging from the Estate Papers of Sir Richard Whittington to the counter-cultural comic books of Robert Crumb. This wide experience will be very helpful in navigating the complications of the Wells material! Find out more about him on his staff webpage.
In 1908 this circular was sent out to over 100 people in East Anglia inviting them to join an “East Anglian Society of Prehistorians”. The Hon Secretaries pro tem (W.A. Dutt and W.G. Clarke) had had the idea three years earlier, while flint-hunting in Thetford, but had decided to wait until they felt there was sufficient enthusiasm to sustain a Society.
Circular advertising the proposed East Anglian Society of Prehistorians, 1908. From the Prehistoric Society minute-books (ref PRE 1).
Their timing was right. After the inaugural meeting, at the Norfolk and Norwich Library on 26 October 1908, over seventy members signed up, paying a subscription of 1/6.
East Anglia was the ideal place for the Society to begin. The region is rich in flint, which occurs in bands in chalk, and was used by early humans for tool-making. The people who joined the Society, like Dutt and Clarke, were driven…
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