100 Objects Bradford tells the stories of the most significant items in Special Collections at the University of Bradford, inspired by the British Museum series, A History of the World in 100 Objects. Beginning in January 2011, the exhibition will unfold weekly over the next couple of years with the occasional break. It is curated by Special Collections Librarian Alison Cullingford with support from colleagues notably past and present SC Assistants John Brooker and Martin Levy.
100? 100 feels right. It is large enough to cover all aspects of the collections, but small enough to make the project manageable and, more importantly, it is small enough for readers and ourselves to feel connected to each item.
Objects? In Special Collections, “objects” tend to be materials that are not books nor archival records e.g. J.B. Priestley’s pipes, or a woven bag made by a follower of Gandhi. However, we won’t limit our 100 to such items: it will include documents, photographs, books, artworks, and anything else we think will work.
Other spaces. This site is the heart of the exhibition. We also share the stories on the twitter account @100ObjectsBrad, Flickr, Facebook, Youtube … The project is partly about developing new skills and finding new ways to bring Special Collections to people worldwide, so nothing is set in stone. We hope new spaces and ideas to emerge as the exhibition takes shape.
Links. This site includes links to information provided by external services that are not in any way under the control of Special Collections or the University of Bradford. The University cannot, therefore, be held responsible for their content or accuracy (but please let us know if you find a problem link so we can delete or edit it).
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Over to you
If there is an item in Special Collections at Bradford that has particular meaning for you, we would be delighted to hear from you. Even if we cannot include it in the 100, we will tell its story on one of our blogs if we possibly can. Please tell us about your item using our very short survey.