Tag Archives: History

Celebrating 50 Years of Bradford Uni

In 2016 the University of Bradford will celebrate its 50th anniversary.    We are delighted to announce the University’s new website for the anniversary, which features some wonderful then-and-now pictures, a fascinating timeline, and allows our alumni to share their own Bradford stories.

UniB10 September 1964. View from top of Richmond Road, with Great Hall in foreground. Surrounding wall still under construction. Cars and vans at roadside.

View from Richmond Road, September 1964

Our local newspaper, the Telegraph and Argus, published an in-depth feature today, including lots of pictures of the archives and thoughts from me on the University’s history.


“People before Things”: remembering Bill Mitchell (1928-2015)

Sad news: Bill Mitchell, journalist, historian and University of Bradford honorary graduate, died yesterday, aged 87.

wrp7 W R MitchellBill needs no introduction to anyone with an interest in the Yorkshire Dales: the first editor of the Dalesman Magazine and a prolific contributor to other journals, he wrote hundreds of books and articles about Dales people, landscape and wildlife.  Throughout his career he applied and often quoted the principle “People before things”, said to him by Dalesman founder Harry Scott in 1948.

Bill was a lovely person, with an incredible fund of engaging anecdotes and lively stories.  He will be much missed.


Find out more about Bill’s life, works and archives:


Peacepedia published

Oxford international encyclopedia of peace

Oxford international encyclopedia of peace

Launched today at Bradford University, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, which will offer a comprehensive resource for peace studies, including key people, events, and ideas. Published in four volumes by Oxford University Press, the encyclopedia is edited by former Bradford colleague Nigel Young and includes many contributions from Bradford staff past and present.

This list from the OUP website gives an idea of the richness of the content, which is also available electronically by subscription:

“World Leaders: Mohandas Gandhi, Margaret Mead, César Chávez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lucretia Mott.

Major Events: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Dayton Accords, Good Friday Agreement, Lebanon Hostage Crisis.

Organisations: Greenpeace, League of Nations, United Nations, Save the Children, International Committee of the Red Cross.

Theories: Just War, Civil Disobedience, Conscientious Objection, Feminism and Peace, Postcolonialism and Peace, Power and Nonviolence Theory, Eco-Pacifism, Gay Rights.

In the News: Chemical and Biological Weapons, Human Rights, War Crimes, Terrorism, Nuclear Disarmament.”

Historians at Bradford

The 2010 History Newsletter is now available, covering the research carried out by historians at the University of Bradford in the past year.  Special Collections is well represented by an article by Helen Roberts about the PaxCat Project, and a feature about the recent Darwin conference.  The newsletter also includes John Jackson on schools in 19th century Bradford, and Dr Martyn Housden on Hitler’s would-be assassin, plus lots of news about our staff and students of history.

Priestley’s English Journey

It is 75 years since J.B. Priestley’s “English Journey”, in which Priestley surveyed his country and wrote about the three Englands of rural tradition, postindustrial depression, and the mass media future.  It is one of his very best and most enduring books, and this July is being republished by Great Northern.  The new edition includes illustrations from the J.B. Priestley Archive and an article by Alison Cullingford highlighting the media campaign to promote the original publication in 1934.

Press coverage of the new edition:

In his article in the Observer 5 July Sarfraz Manzoor visits Bradford to reflect on changing ideas about Englishness since Priestley’s  Journey.  He visited Special Collections as part of his research, and spoke to ourselves and our colleagues about Priestley.

Review by Anthony Holden in the Daily Telegraph, which summarises the book and its appeal: “what blazes through this book with Priestley’s trademark sincerity is his driving sense of social justice”.

Peacepedia 2009

Special Collections staff and many of our University of Bradford and Commonweal colleagues past and present have been involved in creating a new encyclopaedia surveying the historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict.  To be published later in 2009 by Oxford University Press, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace will be available in 4 volumes and also online.

Contributors from the University include Peace Studies staff members Peter van den Dungen, Tom Gallagher, Paul Rogers, Tom Woodhouse, John Allcock and Antonia Young.  Alison Cullingford of Special Collections and Caro Noake the Peace Studies Librarian have also written sections.

Bradford: City for Peace

Bradford was declared a “City of Peace” by resolution of the Council on 13 Oct 1997. The initiative Bradford: City for Peace aims to make this real. It has created a Peace Trail, a walk around Bradford linking sites relating to the city’s rich history of peace work.  Now, if you have a smartphone, you can download an interactive version of the Peace Trail. See the Bradford: City for Peace website for details.

Image of the Month June 2008: Horns and Roses

Coat of Arms of the University of Bradford

The University of Bradford Charter and Grant of Arms now have a new home in the J.B. Priestley Library, alongside our University “portrait gallery”. This image shows the University’s Coat of Arms, which includes the white rose of Yorkshire and the hunting horns from the tale of the Bradford Boar. The motto “Give Invention Light” is from a Shakespearean sonnet, alluding to the extra “object” included in Bradford’s Charter: not only “the advancement of knowledge” but also “the application of knowledge to human welfare”, shown for example in the work of the Peace Studies Department and now in the “ecoversity” programme.

The University’s logo can be seen throughout its web site. Developed in 1993, it took key elements from the Coat of Arms:

  • The book, representing knowledge and university values.
  • The horns, symbolising Bradford.
  • Plus sections of a globe, to represent the University’s international connections and its aim to expand knowledge to meet challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s worlds.