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
And here’s the last of the Bradvent calendar Days. We really enjoyed sharing festive favourites from the archives. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wonder what the &c. &c. turned out to be? Social evening, 22 December 1903, Bradford Technical College
Christmas arrived at the proper time in J.B. Priestley’s Bradford: 24 December (Bright Day)
Merry Christmas! Beautiful leaved poinsettia from Beautiful Leaved Plants (1891)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
From Alison and Martin, Special Collections, University of Bradford
We had fun choosing sturdy green and red books for our Christmas book-tree. The Reading Room looks very festive! Please note that the Special Collections service is closed for the Christmas holidays from 24 December 2015-3 January 2016 inclusive. We hope this won’t cause any inconvenience to our readers.
2016 will be an exciting and busy year: we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Bradford. You can find out more and see some lovely images from our archives on the anniversary webpage.
On 5 November Special Collections and our Library colleagues said farewell to our Project Archivist, Emma Burgham. Here we are eating cake (Emma is second from the right).
Emma’s leaving do, 5 November 2015
Emma joined us in July 2014 for the Mitrinovic/New Atlantis Archive cataloguing project. This large archive was created by the philosopher Dmitrije Mitrinovic and his circle and greatly enhances knowledge of inter-war society, politics, culture and ideas. As an experienced archivist, Emma has been able to make sense of this complex collection and create a catalogue which will make it useful to researchers worldwide. Here’s one of our favourite images from the collection, a postcard showing Dubrovnik in the 1920s.
NAF 6-5-3, Postcard of Dubrovnik, c1920s
Emma also organised a wonderful Symposium to share news of discoveries in the archive, and has worked closely with students and other volunteers on transcribing letters and cleaning documents. We are very grateful to Emma for all her hard work and wish her all the best for future. You can find out more about the archive and Emma’s work on the project webpage and the Eleventh Hour blog.
NAF 3-2-3-2, Eleventh Hour flyer
In June 1940, the British Army faced disaster. France had fallen to the Nazis and they were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk. They were saved by a fleet of “little ships” which sailed across the Channel to rescue them. A humiliating defeat was transformed into a miracle of survival. The courage of the rescuers (many of whom did not return) helped inspire Britain as the country faced the threat of invasion during the perilous summer that followed.
J.B. Priestley, circa 1940 (ref PRI 21/8/6)
Bradford-born author and broadcaster J.B. Priestley played a key part in the creation of the Dunkirk story, thanks to a BBC radio broadcast on 5 June, the first of his celebrated Postscripts series. We see Priestley turning the raw news into history – and legend. “Doesn’t it seem to you to have an inevitable air about it – as if we had turned a page in the history of Britain and seen a chapter headed ‘Dunkirk’?”.
Priestley doesn’t blame anyone or dwell on the defeat. Instead, he pays tribute to the little ships, especially the frivolous little pleasure steamers, evoking the English sea-side world his listeners would know so well: “pierrots and piers, sand castles, ham-and-egg teas, palmists, automatic machines, and crowded sweating promenades”. The steamers had left this to go into “the inferno” and face unimaginable dangers for the greater good. Some would not come back but would be remembered forever, like “Gracie Fields”, a ship Priestley had taken many times to his Isle of Wight home. Priestley’s listeners were doing the same: he was reminding them that it would be worth it, that they were part of an incredible story already turning into history.
Listen to Priestley’s Dunkirk Postscript.
Find out more about the Postscripts: