August 10, 2015, by Kathryn Steenson
Those of you who follow us on Twitter might get a sense of deja vu with the images in today’s post!
For the last few weeks we have been posting some of the many ‘mystery’ photographs from our collections, in the hopes that someone may be able to shed light on who the people are. Often we know the place and the rough date, but at that point we turn it over to you.
This gentleman is probably an injured soldier from the First World War. The photograph is one of many in an album (Ref: Uhg Ph 2/3) belonging to Sister Gertrude Valentina Hare. There is a small chance he is a member of the hospital staff (a doctor?) rather than a patient, but it’s unlikely. Sister Hare was Ward Sister of the Terraced Huts that were erected to accommodate the wounded soldiers at the General Hospital, Nottingham. The album contains a variety of informal shots of soldiers, patients and nurses in the grounds of the General Hospital, Nottingham and the Cedars Red Cross hospital in Beeston between 1914 and 1918.
These four smiling young ladies were students at University College Nottingham (the forerunner to The University of Nottingham) about 1916-1918. This may have been taken in a churchyard in Jersey.
This image is much more recent. We don’t have photographs from every graduation ceremony, but the series taken in July 1950 were commemorating a very special day in University history. It shows the first degree congregation (graduation) for students after UCN was granted its charter in 1948, which established it as a full, independent University that was able to confer its own degrees. Prior to this, students were awarded University of London degrees. This gentleman is one of the very first UoN graduates, but who is he? What did he do post-graduation?
If you have any information about the people in these photos, then we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, or see our website for other ways to contact us.