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.
As in most university libraries, summer is the time for building works and stock moves in the J.B. Priestley Library. The major project this year is the replacement of our antiquated and unreliable passenger lift with a modern and more robust unit. Hooray!
J.B. Priestley Library and ‘Commie’ Building under construction, 1970s (UNI B25)
The works mean taking the lift out of action from 12 June 2017. We anticipate it being unavailable for much of the summer. Visitors who have mobility difficulties should let us know so we can make alternative arrangements for them.
Keep up with the lift’s progress and our other building projects via posts on this blog, our Building Works web page, and our Twitter account.
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.
We’re advertising for a new colleague to join the Special Collections team: an Archivist to catalogue the Mitrinovic/New Atlantis Archive.
Mitrinovic (in the centre) and his group of followers
The Archive tells the story of an extraordinary man whose life and ideas are intertwined with so many others in early 20th century art, literature, politics and culture. It shows how he built a circle of followers who shared his aspirations towards a better and peaceful Europe. We are thrilled that we will soon be able to make this important collection publicly available.
The post is part time, pro rata, for 16 months, and the key dates are 12 May (closing date) and 3 June for interviews. Note that the post requires a qualified professional archivist with relevant skills and experience. I welcome informal enquiries about the post by email.
Special Collections services will be very limited between 1 and 17 March (staff on annual leave). Apologies for any inconvenience!
We’ve not blogged a great deal recently – this is because we have been occupied with our application for archive accreditation. We have many exciting events and other news coming up so expect more here very soon.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Alison and Martin, Special Collections, University of Bradford.
We are closed for the festive break 23 December-3 January inclusive. Sorry for any inconvenience. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to working with all our readers, colleagues, friends and supporters in the New Year.
Credit: Poinsettia picture from one of our favourite printed books: Beautiful Leaved Plants: being a description of the most beautiful leaved plants in cultivation in this country / by E.J. Lowe and W. Howard. 3rd ed. Nimmo, 1891.