This blog is written by Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, with help from colleagues and guest bloggers. It was originally created to highlight the centenary of Jacquetta Hawkes in 2010.
Jacquetta was a celebrated archaeologist, poet, film-maker, media personality and campaigner. Her second husband was J.B. Priestley. Special Collections at Bradford includes her extraordinary archive, a mass of notebooks, correspondence, photographs, typescripts and much more from her girlhood to old age, friendships, family, romance. Her biographer, Dr Christine Finn, likens the experience of using the archive to archaeology: using archaeology to discover an archaeologist.
More detail about Jacquetta’s life and career may be found in Christine’s online biography, her Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry on Jacquetta, or in Diana Collins’ memoir of her friends JB and Jacquetta, Time and the Priestleys (Alan Sutton, 1994).
More about Special Collections on our website. Please contact us if you would like to use or find out more about Jacquetta or her archive, or if you have difficulties viewing anything on this site: the information can be made available via other means.