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.
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: https://jobs.bradford.ac.uk/
OR follow this direct link: https://jobs.bradford.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=HR0034891-2
Closing date: 6 June 2017.
Best of luck to all applicants and I look forward to meeting a lovely new colleague.
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.
From 1600s splendour to 1970s style, a new exhibition at Lotherton Hall is displaying wonderful dresses worn by Yorkshire women. Visitors can discover what clothes meant to these women and what we can learn about society from their fashion choices.
Dress by Worth of Paris, worn by Mary Holden Illingworth in 1881
One of these women is Mary Holden Illingworth, daughter of Bradford wool magnate Sir Isaac Holden. Mary obviously loved fashion and several of her luxurious and stylish outfits have survived. The image above shows a dress she bought in 1881 for her daughter’s wedding. It was created by the famous Parisian designer, Worth, and features an opulent fabric, fringing and a train.
Special Collections has loaned Mary’s book of travels and letters she wrote to her sister Maggie which include lots of detail about her interest in fashion. Kay Eggleston blogged about padding mannequins so they were the right shape to fit the clothes on show. Kay discusses how Mary’s figure changed during her life: from a slender young girl to the fuller-figured mother of five children who wore the Worth dress. But, as Kay observes, always stylish!
Fashionable Yorkshire is on show 17 March-31 December 2017. Find out more on the exhibition webpage. This BBC news story and this from the Yorkshire Post include fantastic images of the costumes and their owners.
2017 offers a very rare chance to see the original sketches of the ‘peace symbol’. Special Collections and the Trustees of the Commonweal Collection are lending them to a major exhibition at the IWM, People Power: Fighting for Peace.
Sketch of nuclear disarmament symbol,by Gerald Holtom. Copyright: Commonweal Collection.
Artist Gerald Holtom created the symbol in 1958 for the first Aldermaston March (organised by the Direct Action Committee); it was later adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and many other groups and campaigns working for peace, making it one of the most recognisable and powerful designs ever created. Holtom’s original sketches are very fragile and so can rarely be shown to the public. This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for us to display them to great numbers of people for the first time.
People Power explores 100 years of anti-war campaigning in Britain through 300 objects: banners, posters, flyers, leaflets, paintings, letters … Many have never been exhibited before. In addition to the sketches, we are lending a pencil drawing of Peace Pledge Union founder Dick Sheppard by activist and artist Peggy Smith and a range of letters and ephemera relating to the anti-nuclear campaigns of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
People Power is on show at the IWM London, 23 March-28 August 2017. Find out more on the IWM’s website.