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Join our Library! We’re seeking a Graduate Trainee

Graduates!  Want to become a librarian?  The Library at the University of Bradford is offering a great opportunity to find out more and build your skills.  We’re advertising the post of a Graduate Trainee Library Assistant.  The post is for one year and is intended for a graduate seeking pre-library school experience. The post-holder gets to experience all areas of academic library work, including Special Collections!

To find out more and to apply via our online system, search for post reference HR0034891-2 on the jobs website:

OR follow this direct link:

Closing date: 6 June 2017.

Best of luck to all applicants and I look forward to meeting a lovely new colleague.

Do Words give you the Creeps?

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”.

one show

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.

Art Forms on Campus: introducing Amy Charlesworth, Curator of Arts

I’m delighted to announce the arrival of a new colleague working on the University of Bradford’s heritage.  Amy Charlesworth, who started work this summer, is our new Curator of Arts.   She will be responsible not only for display and outreach work but for managing the University’s Permanent Art Collection.

This stunning image comes from Amy’s first exhibition in the University’s Gallery II, Art Forms in Nature.   These photogravures by pioneering German photographer Karl Blossfeldt offer unique insights into the shapes and textures of flora and fauna.  On show till 1 November 2013.

Karl Blossfeldt.

Amy’s role has much in common with our activities in Special Collections.  We are all here to care for and make the most of the University’s heritage and to use it to reach out to new audiences.   There are many ways in which we can work together and we have exciting plans for joint exhibitions later this year and in 2014.   Watch this space!

Follow Amy on Twitter for the latest on Arts on Campus and lots of other arts news too: @amycharlesworth.

PS The story of the Visual Arts at Bradford is a fascinating and complex story, beyond the scope of this little news piece.   More on this soon however.


Work with us!

The J.B. Priestley Library is looking for a new Graduate Trainee.  The post is aimed at graduates who aim to work in librarianship or information science and provides a great all-round introduction to the world of academic libraries.  There are generally opportunities to spend time in Special Collections!  Closing date 26 September 2012.  Further details here:

Introducing Martin!

I am delighted to introduce you to our new Special Collections Assistant, Martin Levy.  Martin was appointed a couple of weeks ago and will be working Tuesdays-Fridays.   Special Collections visitors may already have met him in his previous role working at the J.B. Priestley Library counter and reception.  Martin brings a wealth of interest and experience to Special Collections.

Martin Levy

Martin Levy, the new Special Collections Assistant


We Wish you a Merry Christmas (and a Happy New Year)

We’re closed for the Christmas break from 23 December to 3 January.  We wish all our readers, friends, donors and supporters a lovely holiday and all the best for the New Year.

Musicians motif from flyer for Social Evening 22 Dec 1903 (ref BTC 4/1/34)

Musicians motif from flyer for Social Evening 22 Dec 1903 (ref BTC 4/1/34)

Find out more about Christmas in Bradford long ago on the 100 Objects exhibition: two intriguing parties, in 1903 and 1916.  Hope you enjoy the stories they have to tell.

Welcome Emily

A quick welcome to a new colleague.  Emily Corley is this year’s graduate trainee for the J.B. Priestley Library, spending time in various sections of the Library to gain experience for librarianship career.  She’ll be with us for a short time in January and a longer chunk later on.  We look forward to introducing her to the wonderful world of Special Collections!

Victorians against the Gallows!

A forthcoming book from our colleague, Dr James Gregory, lecturer in modern British history, will explore a fascinating aspect of Victorian Britain: “the gallows question” – should capital punishment be abolished?  Dr Gregory considers movements to abolish it.  He also looks at the treatment of capital punishment in literature of the time and how it fitted into ideas about philanthropy and morality.  “Victorians against the Gallows” will be published by IB Tauris this autumn.

Welcome to Windyridge: and other stories, Autumn News now out.

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)

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.

Special Collections Staff News

Two bits of news which may interest people who know Special Collections staff or who intend to use Special Collections services:

We will soon be saying goodbye to John Brooker, our Special Collections Assistant, who is leaving the Bradford area for a new home elsewhere in Yorkshire and will be finishing in Special Collections in early October.  He has worked in Special Collections since the service was created in 2000 and has made a great contribution to our transformation of the collections and services. He will be much missed!

There will inevitably be some impact on Special Collections services, certainly until a new Assistant can be recruited and trained.  We will do our best to reduce this.  More information will be available on this blog and on our Contact page.

I have been seconded to a Special Collections project with Research Libraries UK, finding out about the threats and opportunities faced by Special Collections in these difficult times and how librarians can collaborate to make the most of these.  This is something I will love doing and which will also benefit Special Collections and the University in the long-term.  It will take up about a day a week for a year, so does not mean I will be leaving Bradford.  Here’s the press release and here’s some thoughts about it.