We’ve just put the latest edition of the catalogue of the J.B. Priestley Archive online.
YMCA “On active service” letterhead from one of J.B. Priestley’s letters home.
Lots of new things and improvements in response to readers’ needs, including:
- Enhanced section on Priestley’s unpublished scripts for books, plays, television and film. These include collaborations with Fred Hoyle and Iris Murdoch. Lots of detail on the physical nature of the scripts e.g. amendments by Priestley.
- More letters, notably Priestley’s incredible Great War letters from the trenches.
- Detailed cataloguing of files on Priestley’s art collection, indexing the artists he collected.
- Programmes, press cuttings and other responses to Priestley 2008-2012. Definite revival of interest, encompassing several less well known plays, and from scholarly, political and literary angles.
- Some sections renumbered for ease of use (don’t worry if you’re using the old numbers, we can cross-refer between them).
More on all the above in future blog posts!
Posted in Bradford, Hawkes, Jacquetta, Literature, Peace, Politics, Priestley, J.B., Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Tagged Archives, Art, Catalogues, Film, First World War, J.B. Priestley, Letters, Manuscripts, Paintings, Plays, Special Collections, Television
I was prompted to write this by a recent visit from our graduate trainee Katie Mann. Katie was looking for archive images and inspiration for her exhibition in the Library highlighting LGBT Month. Our archives concerned with peace campaigns and nonviolent protest often overlap with gay and lesbian activism, as in these examples which I showed Katie.
This image is from the Peace News Archive, an immense collection of information and photographs on campaigns, countries and themes of interest to those creating the newspaper, including a file of fantastic photographs of lesbian and gay protests from the early 1980s. This one shows marchers on a Lesbian and Gay Pride March 1985 and is very evocative of the styles and politics of the era.
As in its way is this striking little booklet, from the Archive of Jacquetta Hawkes, part of a file of correspondence concerning her work for the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform and the Albany Trust. Throughout her life Jacquetta (like her second husband, J.B. Priestley) campaigned against injustice, using their star power and connections to influence political decisions, in favour of often controversial causes. For instance, the couple played a key role in the creation of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
I suspect that our large collections of peace-related pamphlets and ephemera, which we hope to catalogue this year, will yield further stories and pictures of LGBT campaigns … watch this space!
Posted in Hawkes, Jacquetta, Image of the Month, Images, Peace, Politics, Priestley, J.B.
Tagged 1950s, 1980s, Campaigning, Exhibitions, J.B. Priestley, Jacquetta Hawkes, LGBT Month
Jacquetta Hawkes by a waterfall, Carrantuohill, Co. Kerry, ca. 1951, photo by Nicolas Hawkes (HAW18/5/4)
One of the most significant, exciting and beautiful archives in Special Collections is that of archaeologist and writer Jacquetta Hawkes. There is now a revival of interest in her great contribution to raising public awareness of Britain’s deep past during the 1950s. Her masterpiece, A Land, which unforgettably fuses archaeology, geology, poetry and personal experience, has been reissued by Harper Collins. This book is explored and revisited, using manuscripts and photographs from the Archive, by Dr Christine Finn in a new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park this autumn. Find out more about Jacquetta, the Archive, the book and the exhibition on our Celebrating Jacquetta Hawkes website.
Delighted to announce that Jacquetta Hawkes’ masterpiece, A Land, which fuses archaeology and geology into a personal exploration of England’s deep past, will soon be back in print. It is being reissued in the Collins Nature Library in June. The new edition is introduced by Robert MacFarlane, who shares his thoughts about the book in this Guardian Review article:
“Ardent and personal, A Land became a bestseller, and one of the defining British non-fiction books of the postwar decade. Sixty years on it reads, fascinatingly, as a missing link in the literature of nature and landscape. It seems both a period piece – as of its year as the Festival of Britain, the Austin A30 and The Goon Show – and Delphically out-of-time in its ecstatic holism.”
Find out more about Jacquetta Hawkes’s amazing life and unique writings on our webpage for her Archive and in this online exhibit on the Celebrating Jacquetta Hawkes blog.
As ever, the latest edition of the J.B. Priestley Society Journal offers new light on many facets of Priestley.
- Tom Priestley reflects on family history as shown in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. What was JB’s grandfather’s occupation?
- Useful reprint of Norah Fienburgh’s 1932 Bradford Pioneer piece on Priestley’s 1913 Round the Hearth series.
- Priestley turned again and again to the ideas of Jung: both believed in the power of dreams as a creative force: Lee Hanson’s lecture on the relationship between the two usefully summarises Priestley’s explorations of Jung’s often difficult ideas and covers how J.B. and Jacquetta Hawkes used them in Dragon’s Mouth.
- Alan Day covers the February 1948 British Theatre conference, chaired by Priestley. Fascinating controversies on the role of theatre managers and insight into the theatre of the time.
- Rangarao Kulkarni discusses consciousness and time in five of Priestley’s later fictions: The Magicians, Saturn over the Water, The Thirty-first of June, Lost Empires and It’s an Old Country.
The Journal isn’t available online, but is sent in print form to all members of the Society and is available in libraries, including ours of course.
Posted in Hawkes, Jacquetta, Literature, Priestley, J.B.
Tagged Bradford, Jacquetta Hawkes, Journals, Jung, Novels, Priestley, Theatre
The Autumn 2011 issue of Special Collections News is now online, full of news and pictures about Special Collections activities:
Flyer for Riley and Riley, the family firm of Willie Riley (RIL 10/2). Click for more detail! Anyone know anything about the “Arbee” specialities??
- Welcome to Windyridge: Willie Riley’s archive catalogued.
- 100 Objects set the Pace: project wins prize.
- Jacquetta gets Better: new detailed lists of the most important parts of the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive.
- Holdens Untangled: project to share the riches of this fantastic 19th century Bradford archive.
- Farewell John Brooker: our Assistant has moved to pastures new.
- Reading Room Reshuffled: better spaces for readers and books.
Posted in Archaeology, Bradford, Hawkes, Jacquetta, Literature, Other news, Riley, Willie, Yorkshire
Tagged Archives, News, Special Collections, University of Bradford