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Season’s Greetings from Special Collections

Christmas Calvin

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!


Bradvent Calendar, part 2

Second round-up of the Special Collections Bradvent Calendar.  More info in our previous post.

Day 13


Fishing by torchlight looks tricky!  Christmas card from Japan.  Mitrinovic Archive.

 Day 14


Awe-inspiring scenery of Chamonix, from photograph album in the W. Riley Archive

Day 15


Snow on houses, Richmond Road, during building of Main Building of University of Bradford, circa 1962, University Archive B3

Day 16


Cycling Santa says giving gift tokens helps the war effort, 1941, Reynolds News

Day 17

Dales-born photographer Cherry Kearton and friend, Penguin Island

Dales-born photographer Cherry Kearton and friend, Penguin Island

Day 18

14 Bombing Days till Christmas.  The ICDP call for peace in Vietnam, 10 Decmber 1966

14 Bombing Days till Christmas. The ICDP call for peace in Vietnam, 10 December 1966

Day 19


Ingleborough in the snow, cover of book by WR Mitchell

Day 20


Bored on Christmas day?  The Doctor’s Visit, a compendium of old games, suggests   passing a lighted match around (Jack’s Alive!)

Day 21


A quirky Sun for the winter solstice, detail from issue of Reason, 1964

Day 22


Entertainment of … convalescent soldiers, Bradford Technical College, 22 December 1916

We’ll share Part 3 after the New Year!



A Christmas message


Bradvent Calendar, part 1

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.

Day 1


Ice is nice!  The Universal Glaciarium, 184 Lord Street, Southport, Holden Papers.

Day 2


Season’s Greetings from the Co-op, Bradford Pioneer, 1935.

Day 3


In the bleak midwinter … snow on the “Amp”, University of Bradford, December 2009

Day 4


Our Book Tree, 2015

Day 5


Our 2015 book tree was so popular we did another in 2016!

Day 6


Pretty poinsettia Christmas card, Mitrinovic Archive

Day 7


Brrr!  Cyclists on Kex Gill, photographed by Fred Robinson Butterfield

Day 8


Christmas has been too much for this sheep!  Fleece, number 11, December 1983

Day 9


Revenge of the Turkeys!  Shep, number 2, December 1988

Day 10


Common Ivy, from Beautiful Leaved Plants, one of our favourite books!

Day 11


Holly, from Flowering Plants of Great Britain, 1855

Day 12


Star sticker, Women for Life on Earth STAR marches, 1983, Annie Tunnicliffe Archive

Merry Christmas!

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.


A Christmas Message

Yule message 2014

NAF 1-7-2-9 Christmas Card

NAF 1-7-2-9 Christmas Card, backOur project archivist, Emma, found this delightful Christmas card in the Mitrinovic Archive: we hope you like it as much as we do.  The pencil annotations are by the philosopher and activist Mitrinovic himself: you can find out more about his ideas and his habit of writing on any piece of paper to hand in Emma’s blog.

We’re closed for the Christmas holidays from 24 December 2014-4 January 2015 inclusive.  2014 has been a fantastic year (highlight being our Accreditation) and we have many exciting events coming up in 2015 (not to mention 2016).  Thanks to all our readers and other friends for your support!

Season’s Greetings from Special Collections

merry christmas 1BLP31Poinsettia crfrom 1Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Alison and Martin, Special Collections, University of Bradford.

We are closed for the festive break 23 December-3 January inclusive.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to working with all our readers, colleagues, friends and supporters in the New Year.

Credit: Poinsettia picture from one of our favourite printed books: Beautiful Leaved Plants: being a description of the most beautiful leaved plants in cultivation in this country / by E.J. Lowe and W. Howard.  3rd ed. Nimmo, 1891.