Special Collections is closed for the Christmas break from 23 December-3 January inclusive. We’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy 2014 and look forward to sharing more stories and events with you in the coming year.
Season’s greetings from Special Collections: our 2013 e-card.
An exciting new project for 2014. Special Collections and Arts on Campus at the University of Bradford are commissioning artist Kate Morrell to explore the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive. As a look at Kate’s website reveals, there are fascinating connections between Kate’s interests and the Archive. Kate has used classic mountaineering tales, flints, geological surveys, and archaeological practice as inspirations for her work. Like Jacquetta in her writings, Kate is drawn to reflections on our relationships with nature, the past, and the making of objects.
Arrowhead in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, bought in Taos New Mexico
Her work will be exhibited in Gallery II at the University in the Spring of 2014. We look forward to collaborating with Kate and seeing what she makes of the Archive.
& another review of Her Brilliant Career, this time by Claire Harman in the Evening Standard.
By the way, I think this reviewer is a bit harsh about the level of achievement of these women. In most of these professions, there weren’t three or four more famous women than the ones Rachel Cooke discusses. As for Jacquetta, A Land was actually very well-known and successful in its day! Though the marriage to someone as famous as Priestley (whose WW2 broadcasts certainly made him a national figure) was of course significant in raising her profile during the 1950s.
Reviews of great new book featuring Jacquetta Hawkes: Her Brilliant Career, by Rachel Cooke. More to follow as I find them!
Alexandra Harris in The Guardian.
Daisy Goodwin in The Sunday Times (£)
Jacquetta Hawkes joins a cavalcade of extraordinary women from the 1950s in a new book by Observer journalist Rachel Cooke: Her Brilliant Career (Virago, 31 October 2013). Like those of rally car driver Sheila van Damm and writer Nancy Spain, Jacquetta’s professional and personal lives were far removed from those of the stereotypical Fifties homemaker.
Rachel made extensive use of the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive in her research, and we are thrilled that her book will help bring Jacquetta’s amazing story to new audiences.
Full details of the book on the Little Brown website.
Get a taste of this fascinating book via the Guardian: meet film makers Muriel and Betty Box.
Afternoon tea with Rachel Cooke, 17 October 2013 at the Manchester Literary Festival.
Who am I? What am I? Can anyone help?
We found this image of a rather winsome creature in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive. He was loose in a file of archaeological correspondence minus any kind of information. We like him very much and would love to know more about him. We think he may be a boar. Any suggestions welcome!