Leeds University Library

Sadler in the archives 19 December 2011 - 18 February 2012

Published 19 December 2011

The 'Sadler in the Archives' display draws from the Michael Sadler papers held in the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections and University Archive.

These papers document Sadler's time at Leeds, illustrate his importance in both his official capacity as Vice-Chancellor and as an art collector, and chart his wider impact as an active supporter and benefactor of visual arts in the city.

The papers illuminate Sadler's gift to the University, his commitment to cultural education, and show some of the many different aspects of his contribution at Leeds. In addition to his many published works, they include reproductions of his own artworks, photographs, and a wealth of unique original material, manuscript and typescript. The variety of these documents highlights the breadth of his collecting and his interests and the diverse nature of his legacy - both intellectual and physical - to the University. Sadler was a prolific author and regular public speaker, at different locations in Leeds and beyond; much of the material relates to his many lectures, talks and publications, in the form of notes and draft manuscripts.

Related resources

  • Events related to this exhibition: Burton Saturdays, talks and workshops.