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  1. I told you last week about the amazing collection of books that have been inherited by David Jones, from his late father, Alan and how David was looking for a good home for them, preferably to a University, College, History Group or a keen local historian. I am happy to announce that since the article was published I was contacted by, Dr Brian Hall a Lecturer in Military History at Salford University, and Graham Walker an ex-soldier and keen military historian. We met up at David's house and it if fair to say that both men were delighted at both the sheer number of books and the wide variety of subjects that were covered. Brian took away several suitcases and boxes of books, mainly about World War One, which he will split between his own personal collection and the rest going to Salford University's Library, He told me that he was very pleased with what he was able to take home and that it had, made his week and will be a great help with further research and he would like to thank both David and myself for contacting him Graham who you may know from his Billy Unsworth research, a Salford man who fought in the Boer War, but then re-joined the army only to be killed at Gallipoli in 1915, which Graham has turned into both a song and a possible book/film venture. He also took away several boxes of books mainly about the Gallipoli campaign and books relating to local regiments. with which he was delighted. There are still quite a few books left on the shelves, relating to both WW! and WW2, history's of regiments, autobiographies from men who served in the Armed Forces including the R.A.F. and Royal Navy, maps, brochures and a great deal more. If you wish to claim some of these books, free of charge, then please contact me on Facebook or via my email address, salfordreds1950@gmail.com and I will arrange a suitable time for to call at David's, but please, no book dealers, these books are for the use of people who are truly interested in military history and would be ideal for history societies, retirement homes etc. Please hurry as David will be selling the property shortly and needs to clear out the collection as soon as possible, so if you are interested in this once in a lifetime chance to obtain these books, please contact me.
  2. Businesses and community groups wanted to help turn Salford purple! Why? To co-incide with a major, international conference on the work of musician Prince being hosted by the University of Salford this month. The world's eyes will be on our city - can we give a great, purple welcome? The conference, taking place between 24th-26th May 2017, will provide fresh perspectives on the creative and commercial dimensions of Prince’s career, re-examining the meanings of his work in the context of his unexpected death. Purple Reign presents a timely consideration of the cultural impact, iconic status of Prince and his global legacies across many media platforms. It will examine all aspects of his creative output and the ways in which it intersects with video, performance, literature, theatre, film, digital culture, design and fashion. We will address the issue of Prince’s significant influence and lasting appeal from a number of multi-disciplinary perspectives. We have welcomed scholars form across the globe, covering study fields of popular music and sound, gender and culture, television, film and celebrity studies, visual arts, performance studies, and digital media. Dez Dickerson Our keynote address will be delivered by Dez Dickerson, Prince’s guitarist from The Revolution, and Prof. Sarah Niblock, co-author of Prince: the Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon. HOME will also mark the event by screening the 1986 musical drama Under the Cherry Moon, which Prince directed and starred in, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Steven Berkoff. To close the conference, students from the University’s Music programmes will perform music in homage to Prince to delegates, while art and design students will create branding and exhibit their art for the event. For more info see http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/prince-conference/
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