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Special Collections News Archive

Stories from Special Collections past.  See also back issues of Special Collections Newsletters and our blog.


November 2016.  Successful application for Wellcome funding for the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project.

August 2016.  Special Collections is now a fully Accredited Archive Service. Accolade for Archives

April 2016.  New super improved wi-fi in the Library means a better experience for our visitors.

1966-2016.  Celebrating 50 Years of the University of Bradford

Happy 50th! Tuesday 18 October was the University’s official 50th Anniversary.  To mark this date we invited all staff and students to join us at 13.30 – 14.30 in the Atrium.  During the event Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, cut a special 50th Anniversary cake and locked a 50th Anniversary Time Capsule alongside the 25th Anniversary time capsule that was opened earlier in the year.

Open the Box!  All staff and students were invited to join us for the opening of the University time capsule locked in 1991.  12 April, 1.30-2.30, Richmond Atrium.  Meet the objects and discover their stories on the Time Capsule webpage, this article in the Telegraph and Argus, and our blog.

1966 and all that.  Enjoy stories from the year of the University's birth on the Special Collections blog.


Basic catalogue of the Fred Singleton Archive now online.  Dr Singleton was a lecturer at the University, who specialised in the study of Yugoslavia and transformed understanding of that region.

We were in the Telegraph and Argus, talking about the 50th anniversary of the University.

People Before Things: remembering Bill Mitchell (1925-2015)

Priestley's pipes and carpet stripes: Discover the story of the J.B. Priestley Library: Alison was interviewed for BBC Radio Leeds.  The broadcast is no longer available but this blog post covers similar ground.

Our application for a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Scoping Award was successful!  We received £5,800 for the Putting Flesh on the Bones project, which allowed us to work out how much funding to seek via a larger bid, for the cataloguing, digitisation and preservation of an important but under-used archaeological archive.

Scrapbook of Regency fabrics goes on show for the first time.

Woman in Time got a fantastic response!

How is your Serbo-Croat?  Special Collections needed Volunteers.

Woman in Time.  1932, Mount Carmel, the lives of three women meet across the millennia.  Spoken-word event at Bradford Waterstones.  We featured on BCB radio and in the Telegraph and Argus.

I Vote for Radical Action! Annual Commonweal lecture: insights into nonviolent protest, by activist Ernest Rodker.

Do Words give you the Creeps?  Special Collections on TV.


New catalogue makes it easy to discover the story of Bradford Technical College

September 2014: BBC Radio 3 Priestley and Time

August 2014: We are the first English university to achieve Archive Accreditation!

July 2014: start of externally funded project to bring the Mitrinovic / New Atlantis Archive to life

J.B. Priestley: Soldier Writer Painter. 19 April-17 August, Bradford Industrial Museum.  Rare chance to see Priestley's First World War letters, plus thirty of his "leisure paintings".  Yorkshire Post article about Priestley's war experiences.

A Concern for Peace, Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford.  1-3 May 2014.  Exhibition telling the story of Peace Studies, part of the Peace Studies 40th anniversary conference.  Open to conference delegates only, but you can find most of the images and stories in our 100 Objects display.

Pots Before Words. 10 April-22 May, Gallery II at the University of Bradford.  Archaeology archive inspires art!  New work by Kate Morrell based on the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive.

Our innovative collecting plans feature in the February 2014 CILIP Update in an article by the Special Collections Librarian.

We're applying for Archives Accreditation!


Cohesion, Challenge and Critique: the Arts and Issues fellows at Bradford University, 1966-1982. Exhibition in Gallery II until 16 January 2013.  Special Collections and the University's Arts Curator explored the University's unique approach to the arts.

A wonderful scrapbook of Regency fabrics used by Bradford Technical College was on show in Odds and Quads in the Times Higher (31 October).

The J.B. Priestley Archive starred in a report on BBC Yorkshire's Inside Out.  Did Churchill order the end of Priestley's inspiring Postscripts radio broadcasts?