Meet one of the men who made 19th century Bradford. Bradford industrialist Sir Isaac Holden (1807-1897) was a self-made man, rising from poverty to great wealth thanks to the invention of the square motion comb. Holden’s Ghosts, by Sir Isaac’s descendant Tony Holden, is the first ever biography of this remarkable character, and draws extensively on the Holden Papers in Special Collections to tell the story.
The book has plenty to offer readers interested in the history of Bradford, the wool industry, Victorian social and family life, late 19th century politics (Sir Isaac became an MP) and even French history (he set up factories there). It can be bought online as a Kindle edition.
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”.
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.
“I vote for Radical Action!” Ernest Rodker
Commonweal Lecture 2015
Tuesday 17 February 6:00 pm
John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford
Ernest Rodker is a conscientious objector and veteran of many direct action campaigns including Free Vanunu, Stop the 70 Tour, Anti-Poll Tax campaign and local campaigns. Ernest will share details of these campaigns and how direct action has shaped his life. He recently donated the Archive of the Free Vanunu Campaign to Special Collections, where it will form a fantastic resource for activists and researchers interested in nonviolent campaigning. The lecture is brought to you by Commonweal Collection, an independent public library for social change.