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!
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.
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.