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Staffing: a welcome and some farewells

An update on the Special Collections staff changes we shared with you back in October.

We are delighted to welcome our new archivist to the University!  Julie Parry will start work in January.  She is highly experienced and has worked with lots of modern, radical archives at the People’s History Museum, where she is senior archivist.

Alison (who writes this) leaves the University at Christmas to take up wonderful role at Durham Cathedral.  Martin is now settled into his new subject librarian role though still continues to be involved with Special Collections and will help Julie to settle in.  Our Project Archivist, James Neill, finishes on the 30th November.  He has done a fantastic job in cataloguing and promoting the complex Calvin Wells Archive and we are very grateful to him for all his efforts.

We are hopeful that we can offer a fairly seamless transition to new opening hours and arrangements in 2019 once Julie has started.  However we are not yet able to confirm exactly how our new service will operate.  Please therefore continue to inform us by email special-collections@bradford.ac.uk if you are interested in making a booking for 2019. As soon as new hours are agreed, we will be contacting interested parties to offer appointments.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  We believe it is better not to take firm bookings than to risk disappointing people whose bookings we cannot honour.

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Staffing news

Some big changes are on the way for Special Collections.

I (Alison) will be leaving the University at Christmas to take on the role of Head of Collections at Durham Cathedral.  I am sad to leave Bradford and grateful for the many opportunities I have had there.  However the new role is too wonderful to pass up and I am thrilled to work with manuscripts, early printed books and objects in their historic, distinctive setting.  Martin is also moving on, taking up a subject librarian role in the J.B. Library: he has been a huge asset to the team and will be much missed.

We are hoping to minimise disruption to the service during these changes.  We are already recruiting a new archivist and are hoping to have someone in post as soon as possible.  If you’re planning to visit us in 2019, please contact us on special-collections@bradford.ac.uk so we can keep in touch with you about the prospects for your visit.

Introducing Martin!

I am delighted to introduce you to our new Special Collections Assistant, Martin Levy.  Martin was appointed a couple of weeks ago and will be working Tuesdays-Fridays.   Special Collections visitors may already have met him in his previous role working at the J.B. Priestley Library counter and reception.  Martin brings a wealth of interest and experience to Special Collections.

Martin Levy

Martin Levy, the new Special Collections Assistant