This month we have received a few donations to the University Archive collection, including some late 1960s student literature with copies of the political periodicals ‘Orange Peel’ and ‘Black International’.  This was a period of intense student activism in Leeds, which famously culminated in the student sit-in of 1968 in response to the Patrick Wall affair.

Sir Patrick Wall visited the University to give a speech to the Conservative Society.  As he and his wife walked away from the University Union some students blocked the path. Sheila Wall fell and claimed a student had kicked her.  The University Security Service investigated the incident asking the students about their political affiliations.  The students objected to what they believed was unfair questioning and arranged a sit-in to protest. The donation contains two booklets written by students about the sit-in.

The archive also received a rather nice photograph of the Leeds University Geographical  Society. This is dated 1949 and the names of that year’s members have been carefully written on the back by the donor.

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Photograph of the members of Leeds University Geographical Society in 1949.  Image credit Leeds University Library.

The photograph was accompanied by archives relating to Weetwood Hall in north Leeds.  The Weetwood Hall Estate was bought by the University of Leeds in 1919 for £13,000. The University saw the potential to use the site as a place to build a number of smaller halls and colleges. Prior to the purchase of Weetwood Hall the University’s residential accommodation was limited and in need of some modernisation.

Weetwood opened as a Halls of Residence for 31 female students in 1920. Annie Redman King acted as the first Warden; a position she stayed in until 1948. The Hall was expanded in 1926, providing accommodation for between 60-70 students. It continued to act as a Halls of Residence before closing in the early 1990s.

In June we gained an interesting addition to our business archives, relating to the R. V. Marriner Collection.  R. V. Marriner Ltd. was a worsted spinning and manufacturing company in Greengate Mill, Keighley.  By the late nineteenth century it specialised in the production of knitting wool.  The archives include plans of Greengate Mill, photographs of its interior and exterior and copies of Marriner’s knitting patterns which used their own yarns.  There is also a little book called ‘Bailey’s Managers’ and Overlookers’ Assistant’ from 1885.

The handbook primarily advises how to use a slide rule to make calculations for worsted spinning.  However there is a small section on ‘Hints on the Management of Children’.  This advises the overlooker ‘to study and make himself acquainted with the different tempers and dispositions of such as are placed under his care’.  Although the author’s main aim is to get the most effective work out of young people, Bailey shows some concern for them as individuals.  He advises that ‘some children are of a tender and soft disposition, such will require coaxing and encouraging’.  Whatever the nature of the child the overlooker should be ‘firm and keep good tempered’.