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Opening of the J.B. Priestley Library

Bradford-born author J.B. Priestley is in fine humour in this insightful film that depicts his opening of a new library at Bradford Uni.

Promotional 1975 16 mins

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This fascinating film offers a candid filmic examination of J.B. Priestley’s literary career, as well as his famous amiable personality, during his visit to the University of Bradford to open a new library. Initially, we follow Priestley as he tours the new library and then later we listen to Chancellor Harold Wilson’s introduction, followed by Priestley’s own amusing closing address.

J. B. Priestley is a world-renowned novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, and social commentator. Priestley was born in Bradford in 1894 and his Yorkshire upbringing was a major influence on his work and his worldview. His 1945 play An Inspector Calls is arguably his most well-known piece of work.