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Do certain words give you the creeps? The One Show on Friday 16 January 2015, filmed in locations around Bradford, explored the strange phenomenon of “word aversion”.
You can see the programme on BBC IPlayer until 15 February (feature runs from 02:21-06:27 minutes).
Watch out for Special Collections books (backgr0und of interview), our students and catering staff, and some great shots of Centenary Square.
“I vote for Radical Action!” Ernest Rodker
Commonweal Lecture 2015
Tuesday 17 February 6:00 pm
John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford
Ernest Rodker is a conscientious objector and veteran of many direct action campaigns including Free Vanunu, Stop the 70 Tour, Anti-Poll Tax campaign and local campaigns. Ernest will share details of these campaigns and how direct action has shaped his life. He recently donated the Archive of the Free Vanunu Campaign to Special Collections, where it will form a fantastic resource for activists and researchers interested in nonviolent campaigning. The lecture is brought to you by Commonweal Collection, an independent public library for social change.
Special collections in universities aren’t just dusty things in basements that are kept because they are nice or old. They’re part of the story of their institution, highlighting and documenting its distinctive qualities. For instance, the University of Bradford has peace campaign archives because of the radical history of the University and the City and collections on dyeing and textile industries because we grew from the City’s need for technical education. If properly cared for and catalogued, such collections are invaluable for research, teaching, community work, art and even student recruitment.
Classroom in Bradford Technical College Textile Department, circa 1911
Unique and Distinctive Collections, a new report co-authored by Alison Cullingford and published by Research Libraries UK aims to help university senior managers see the potential of their collections and encourage them to invest in making more of them.
For the first time ever, the wonderfully rich story of Bradford’s Technical College, its staff and students, and their links with local industries, can be discovered online – via a new catalogue of BTC’s archive (available in Word or PDF on its web page).
Half of a 200 H.P. compound engine made in the Engineering Department for its own use, on the back of an open horse-drawn cart (Archive ref: BTC 2/5/8)
The College was created to meet the training needs of Bradford’s textile industries in the mid-19th century. The first building of the Technical School was opened in 1882. Transferred to local Council control in 1899, the College grew and developed to supply high-level technological expertise nationally and internationally. A long-running campaign for University status paid off when the higher education side became Bradford Institute of Technology (a College of Advanced Technology) in 1957: this later became the University of Bradford.
The surviving records of the College tell its story and introduce us to many interesting people. Photographs illustrate its buildings, we see the activities and works of its staff and students, who received prizes, and the impact of war and changing society on the institution. We have enriched the original typescript 1970s finding aid for online publication, for instance by indexing many names. Revisiting the archive in this way has shown us how much the College was part of the city. There is so much still to discover.
Dr Munro Price, of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, has published a book which explores the downfall of Napoleon. Napoleon: the end of glory. Oxford University Press, 2014. Using a remarkable range of under-explored European archive sources, Dr Price shows us how and why Napoleon failed to compromise with his enemies in the period immediately before his first exile. Contrary to popular belief, Waterloo was just a postscript to a career that had already failed. I won’t summarise all Dr Price’s arguments: you need to read the book for those & it well repays a read.
Beautifully produced and very well priced for an academic work, this book would make a lovely Christmas gift for anyone interested in military history, politics or reconciliation/peace studies …
Thrilled to announce that Special Collections at the University of Bradford has achieved Archive Accreditation! We are the first English university to reach this new standard. I’ll be writing about what this honour means for our collections and our users soon.
I’ll be introducing our wonderful Special Collections to the Friends of Senate House Library this Wednesday, 15 January 2014. My talk, From Hidden Gems to Greatest Treasures, is at 6pm. All are welcome! Here’s the poster: BradfordJan2014 (2).
And here’s the website for the Friends, featuring several other talks for fans of archives and rare books.