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February 2017.  Sketches on show at People Power!

2017 offers a very rare chance to see the original sketches of the ‘peace symbol’.  Special Collections and the Trustees of the Commonweal Collection are lending them to a major exhibition at the IWM, People Power: Fighting for Peace, on show 23 March - 28 August 2017. Find out more in this blog post.

January 2017.  Bigger and Better: the Special Collections Handbook reborn

In 2011, Facet Publishing published a textbook by the Special Collections Librarian, Alison Cullingford: the Special Collections Handbook. The Handbook aimed to introduce librarians and archivists to all aspects of this rapidly changing side of librarianship, from caring for collections to finding funding. It proved so popular that a second, completely revised and much enlarged edition was commissioned and is now available for purchase.

Facet's webpage for the Handbook.

Alison's Handbook website.

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You might also enjoy these historic blogs (not currently updated, but preserved indefinitely).

  • PaxCat Project. Blog posts by Helen Roberts, project archivist, reflecting on the extraordinary stories behind the Commonweal Archives.  2009-2010.
  • 100 Objects Bradford. Online exhibition of the very best of Special Collections.  2011-2014.
  • The Eleventh Hour.  Bringing the Mitrinovic Archive to life!  Philosophy, literature, religions, politics, the occult and much more.  By Project Archivist, Emma Burgham.  2015-2016.
  • A Cabinet of Gems.  Beautiful and interesting images from the collections.

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Special Collections News Archive news stories from our past: exhibitions, funding, awards and more.

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