Maps, Military and More at Mayfest 2014

Manuscripts & Special Collections staff were kept busy at The University of Nottingham’s annual community open day, Mayfest, on Saturday 10th. We were again fortunate that enough staff are prepared to help out for us to keep two stalls running for the whole day. This year’s theme for our Portland Building stall was maps. Two …

Chekhoviana: Marketing a Foreign Classic to British Audiences

Our first exhibition of the year opened last week in the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre. Visitors may notice a few changes, as the space has been decorated to reflect recurrent images of birch trees and seagulls found in the British marketing Chekhov; an appropriately visual setting reflecting the highly visual exhibition of Chekhovian theatrical ephemera …

Papers of a ‘Professional Revolutionary’

The next exhibition at Lakeside Arts Centre’s Weston Gallery features the papers of a local activist and Communist Party officer, Fred Westacott. Flyers, pamphlets and speeches in his personal archive document a lifetime of campaigning, as a supporter of a variety of local and international causes, from the Miners’ strikes to the Vietnam War protests. …

“Hitler is kaput!”: Soviet war poster victory celebrations

As Victory Day (Thursday 9 May) is marked across Europe, the celebratory sentiments of some of the Soviet propaganda posters featured in the online exhibition Windows on War, are still powerful, even though almost 70 years has passed since the war ended. The posters appeared almost daily in the windows of TASS, the Central Telegraph …

Windows on War – guest blog by Laura Todd

Among the archives of Manuscripts and Special Collections, is the University’s rare collection of Soviet war propaganda posters, dating from 1943-1945. The collection was a gift from one of the University’s Professors of English, Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969). The collection of posters is the largest in the UK and covers an array of different …

Water! is turned on

Water is an essential part of our everyday life, but most of us take the ability to turn on taps and flush away waste for granted. Water also has the power to destroy, which we were reminded of recently when floods caused damage and disruption to our local communities. A new exhibition, Water!, opened at …

Balls, Boots and Players goes live

Visitors to the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, on University Park have a rare opportunity to see the stunning foundation charter of Nottingham High School, dating from 1512 and signed by Henry VIII.  The charter gave Sir Thomas  Lovell and Dame Agnes Mellers permission to found a school in Nottingham, ‘ever more to endure’, for …

Displaying D.H. Lawrence

Residents and visitors to Nottinghamshire are enjoying a fortnight of activities and events related to D.H. Lawrence, featured as part of Broxtowe Borough Council’s annual Lawrence Festival, which was launched on Wednesday 5 September.   The 1920s themed opening event included a preview of this year’s Festival exhibition, entitled ‘D.H. Lawrence Controversy on Canvas, The Warren Gallery, London, …

New Discoveries in the D H Lawrence Family Papers

A fascinating collection of papers which has recently been acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections provides researchers with new insights into D H Lawrence as a family man.  Much has been written about Lawrence’s close relationship with his mother and his complex relationships with women, but this accrual to our Lawrence holdings demonstrates his strong affection …