This is how the library looked when I worked there. You should see it now! Iy has grown so much.
On 18 October 1975, J.B. Priestley opened the Library that bears his name at the University of Bradford. We know a great deal about the opening ceremony thanks to files in the University Archive and this week’s Object, an album of photographs taken on the day and presented to Priestley as a memento. This later returned to the University as part of Priestley’s Archive.
Proceedings began the night before with a small dinner party in “one of the private dining rooms” in the main building. The menu survives: Florida Cocktail or Spring Vegetable Soup, then sole, lamb, and Cherry Cheese Cake. Harold Wilson, the University’s first Chancellor and Prime Minister at the time, wrote to Vice-Chancellor Ted Edwards that “the warmth of the occasion surpassed even the high quality of the cuisine”.
On the day…
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