The University is open Friday 3 December, with exception of School of Pharmacy. Please see the University snow update page for latest updates or follow the University’s twitter account @BradfordUni.
PS 6 December – it looks as though the worst is over, and the University will be open as normal, but do keep an eye on the resources mentioned above.
Thanks to masses of snow and resulting road and rail problems, the University of Bradford is closed Wednesday 1 December and Thursday 2 December 2010. Hoping to open Friday. Please see the University snow update page for latest updates or follow the University’s twitter account @BradfordUni.
One of the most popular of J.B. Priestley’s essays shared the joy he found in seeing the First Snow. He loved how snow transformed the landscape.
“The first fall of snow is not only an event but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different … The very stealth, the eerie quietness, of the thing makes it more magical.”
The essay uses the language of fairytales, the house becoming a woodcutter’s cottage, local people elvish beings. It also makes me think of the appeal of Narnia, pushing through the fur coats to find an enchanted winter world.
Priestley found himself envying people who lived in places like Canada and have months of snow. But then he reflected that such snow, arriving on a predictable date, settling in for months, would become tiresome. Priestley preferred the fickleness of English weather, which can offer moments of wonder and surprise.
Want to read First Snow? After its original publication in The Saturday Review in 1927, the essay appeared in several Priestley collections: Apes and Angels (1928), All about Ourselves (1956), and Essays of Five Decades (1969). It’s not currently in print as far as we are aware, but you can read it in one of these titles by visiting our Reading Room, trying other public or academic libraries or inter-library loan, or buying a second-hand copy. There are many to be found via online sellers.
Happy New Year from the Special Collections staff! Following on from our Christmas post, we are still under snow.
In his 1927 essay, “First Snow”, J.B. Priestley expressed his delight in the magical transformation that new snow gives to the landscape, but concluded that he would not like English winters to be more snowy, as “we would be sick of it in a week” – he wrote that it is the change in our surroundings and not the snow itself that is wonderful. While not yet sick of our snow, which is still a magic blanket, we find the ice is becoming tiresome now. Fortunately, Special Collections staff have generally been able to get in to work!
Special Collections will be closed over the Christmas period from 24 December 2009 – 4 January 2010 inclusive. If you need to contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you on our return.
Bradford City Hall and snow
Here are some images of the snowy, festive scenes around campus and Bradford, taken by John Brooker. I hope all our readers and friends have a lovely Christmas and all you could hope in 2010. See you next year!
Snow on campus
Keighley station in snow
The ampitheatre in snow