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.
We’re counting down to Christmas! Follow @100objectsbrad on Twitter to see a new seasonal object daily. From exquisite illustrations to 1930s Christmas cards to 1980s student humour, there’s always more to discover in Special Collections. Here’s a round-up of the first twelve.
Ice is nice! The Universal Glaciarium, 184 Lord Street, Southport, Holden Papers.
Season’s Greetings from the Co-op, Bradford Pioneer, 1935.
In the bleak midwinter … snow on the “Amp”, University of Bradford, December 2009
Our Book Tree, 2015
Our 2015 book tree was so popular we did another in 2016!
Pretty poinsettia Christmas card, Mitrinovic Archive
Brrr! Cyclists on Kex Gill, photographed by Fred Robinson Butterfield
Christmas has been too much for this sheep! Fleece, number 11, December 1983
Revenge of the Turkeys! Shep, number 2, December 1988
Common Ivy, from Beautiful Leaved Plants, one of our favourite books!
Holly, from Flowering Plants of Great Britain, 1855
Star sticker, Women for Life on Earth STAR marches, 1983, Annie Tunnicliffe Archive
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Join us at a Symposium at the University of Bradford which will bring together academics and activists from across the world to discuss peacemaking in the 21st century. The event is on 5-6 September and organised by our colleagues in Peace Studies. It celebrates the centenary of Professor Adam Curle, the first Chair of Peace Studies at the University.
Adam Curle came to Bradford with a distinguished academic career (across disciplines including psychology and education) and considerable experience of mediation efforts in conflicts across the world. These, combined with the influence of Buddhist and Quaker ideas, led him to distinctive and important conclusions about peace studies.
At the time of his arrival in Bradford, he had realised that negotiation was not enough. The negotiator might “ease a particular situation, but the circumstances, the rivalries, the oppression, the scarcity of resources – which had given rise to it – remained”. Peace studies should therefore be about more than “preventing or terminating wars”: those working in the discipline should identify and analyse relationships between people, groups or nations and then “use this information in order to devise means of changing unpeaceful into peaceful relationships”. Not easy – Adam Curle likened the multiple and complex challenges of addressing violence to taming the mythological multi-headed hydra.
In 2016 people still face war, injustice and inequality … can Adam’s ideas help us as individuals and groups bring about more peaceful relationships?
The packed Symposium programme features talks, workshops, exhibitions, film showings, and the launch of a new book from Hawthorn Press, Adam Curle: radical peacemaker, by Tom Woodhouse and John Paul Lederach. Above all, it is a chance to learn and share ideas with interesting and committed people. Everyone is welcome and the charge for attendance is only £10.
12 April 1991. As part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the University of Bradford, a time capsule was sealed into the foyer of Richmond Building. University staff had been asked to suggest “sensible but imaginative objects” (the winners received bottles of sparkling wine) which were put into the capsule before it was locked by Vice Chancellor David Johns and Chair of Council Roger Suddards.
12 April 2016. As part of the celebrations of the University’s 50th anniversary, the time capsule was opened at a special event for staff and students. Watch the event, including a “show and tell” by Alison Cullingford the Special Collections Librarian (me!), on this Youtube video:
We were delighted that Professor Peter Excell was able to attend: his talk covered his choice of object (the super-conductor) and his memories of 1991. A large and lively crowd clearly enjoyed finding out more about the objects and the story of the University: thanks to all involved in organising or participating: it was fun!
You can see photographs of the objects on the Time Capsule’s webpage. The media then (and now) were most interested in those representing University Chancellors. Our Chancellor at the time, industrialist and TV personality Sir John Harvey-Jones, contributed this huge tie: he often wore such a tie when he visited the University. Sir Harold Wilson, the first Chancellor (1966-1986), was by then too frail to attend, but sent one of his iconic pipes. It still has the faintest trace of tobacco.
Other favourites included:
- Menu from the University refectory, featuring a sponge pudding for 30p;
- Calculator – which still worked when we switched it on. Impressive!
- Score of Jubilate, a piece written by the then Fellow in Music Graham Coatman and performed as part of the celebrations;
- Disposable surgical retractor, developed by David Sharpe of the Burns Research Unit. This innovative design was awarded the Prince of Wales award for best invention in 1988;
- and lots lots more (the capsule was as full as it could be. Clearly staff then, as now, were inspired by the capsule idea).
The objects are now part of the University Archive in Special Collections; everyone is welcome to arrange a visit to see them. Colleagues at the University, please contact me (Alison) if you would like a mini-opening in your own department.
In 1991 the University of Bradford celebrated its 25th anniversary. As part of the celebrations a time capsule was locked away in one of our buildings. For the 50th anniversary, we are going to open the box!
Staff and students of the University are welcome to come along to enjoy this unique event and see what their 90s counterparts thought we might find interesting. Tuesday 12 April 2016, 1.30 till 2.30 in Richmond Atrium.
I don’t seem to have an image showing the locking of the capsule, so I thought you might like this prospectus which has a very 1991 flavour to it.
Mathematics and statistics undergraduate courses and research prospectus 1991
What do you think might be in the capsule? And what would you put in a 2016 version?
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