We are delighted to welcome a new colleague to Special Collections. Vanessa Santos Torres joins us as Project Conservator for the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project. Here’s her story, in her own words:
“I am delighted to be part of this fascinating project funded by the Wellcome Trust and having the chance to work in a multidisciplinary team between the University of Bradford’s Special Collections and the Department of Archaeological Sciences.
Vanessa Santos Torres, conservator
I have a degree on Conservation and Restoration and I am specialised in Paper Conservation. Upon conclusion of my degrees, I had the chance to work on a range of different environments and countries which contributed to the consolidation of my knowledge on remedial conservation skills and preventive conservation. Since 2013 I have been the Conservator of the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. It is with great satisfaction that I am now able to work on these two celebrated Bradford institutions.
With my expertise on paper and photographs conservation I am responsible for ensuring the long-term care of the Calvin Wells Archive is considered at all times – from suitable handling and packing to appropriate storage conditions. I will be performing conservation treatments on the archive to increase their stability and lifespan. I am delighted to being able to contribute towards its preservation to future generations of researchers and enthusiasts.
I am passionate about photography and printing techniques. During my free time I enjoy reading and experimenting with traditional printing.”
STOP PRESS – CLOSING DATE NOW 11 NOVEMBER
We’re looking for a Conservator to join the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project Team.
The post of Project Conservator is central to the delivery of the project, which aims to make the hidden and scattered Calvin Wells Archive fully available to the public. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources grant, PFOTB is a collaboration between Special Collections and the Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC) at the University of Bradford.
Discover more about Dr Wells and his work via the Putting Flesh on the Bones project blog.
The Conservator will take the lead on all aspects of collections care within the project, including repairs, remedial conservation, secondary packaging and digitisation preparation activities. There will also be the opportunity to help improve collections care throughout the Special Collections service.
We are looking for a qualified conservator with specialist knowledge and work-based experience relevant to the project. They will also need excellent communication skills and be able to manage their own workload. More about the role and our requirements on the University’s job website.
Post reference: HR0048513.
The post is part-time for 12 months.
Closing date: 1 November 2017.
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.
We’re advertising for a new colleague to join the Special Collections team: an Archivist to catalogue the Mitrinovic/New Atlantis Archive.
Mitrinovic (in the centre) and his group of followers
The Archive tells the story of an extraordinary man whose life and ideas are intertwined with so many others in early 20th century art, literature, politics and culture. It shows how he built a circle of followers who shared his aspirations towards a better and peaceful Europe. We are thrilled that we will soon be able to make this important collection publicly available.
The post is part time, pro rata, for 16 months, and the key dates are 12 May (closing date) and 3 June for interviews. Note that the post requires a qualified professional archivist with relevant skills and experience. I welcome informal enquiries about the post by email.
We collect Special Collections for people to use, whether in our Reading Room or online wherever they may be in the world.
Image of the world, from a telegram in the Ludwig Baruch Internment Archive, one of the collections covered by the Programme. This series of letters between a Second World War internee and his fiancee offers fascinating first-hand accounts of internee life on the Isle of Man, the Arandora Star disaster and the Home Front in Liverpool.
The key to getting more people using our archives is a) cataloguing those archives and b) getting the catalogues online. This means anyone anywhere can find these archives just by searching for keywords (names, places, subjects!). They don’t necessarily have to know that we exist or that an archive is what they need.
Like many other archives services, Special Collections has inherited archive catalogues which exist only on paper or which use old guidelines. In 2013, the Quick Wins Programme will quickly digitise and otherwise update these useful documents in order to make more information about important archives available online. In particular those all important keywords!
Keep up with the progress of the Programme on its website.
Today sees the launch in lovely, snowy Settle of a most welcome project which will bring a wealth of historical information to new audiences. W.R. (Bill) Mitchell, journalist and prolific author, has spent his life gathering and sharing stories of the people and creatures of the Yorkshire Dales, documented in books, articles, photographs and oral history cassettes.
W.R. ‘Bill’ Mitchell (from WR Mitchell Archive project website).
Led by Settle Stories and funded by the Heritage Lottery, the W.R. Mitchell Archive Project is digitising and cataloguing these cassettes (some of which are held in Special Collections at Bradford) to unlock their wonderful content, about farming, industry, nature and everyday life. Bill spoke to well-known Dalesfolk like Kit Calvert and Marie Hartley, and many many more. His understanding of their shared landscape and his journalistic experience mean that the recordings bring out the full richness of these peoples’ lives and heritage.
For lots more detail about Bill Mitchell and the project, see the new project website which has just gone live.
I recently mentioned The Settle Stories project, which will digitise Bill Mitchell’s oral history interviews with Yorkshire Dalespeople. The project is now calling for volunteers to help with this fascinating work. Roles include admin, outreach, promotion via the web, helping with events, and transcription, background research etc. Note that many activities do not require travel to Settle. To find out more, see the documents attached below.
Information about Settle Stories project to digitise WR Mitchell audiocassettes