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The University of Nottingham marks the closure of a Prisoner of War camp based at Sutton Bonington during WWI

To mark 100 years since the closure of a Prisoner of War camp at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus, a commemorative plaque has been installed to remember those who were detained and worked there. Professor John Beckett from the Department of History at the University looks back on the period leading up to …

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 years after his death his genius shines as bright as ever

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Here, Gabriele Neher, Associate Professor in History of Art, writes for The Conversation Old masters rarely come more venerable (and venerated) and instantly recognisable than Leonardo da Vinci. But to think of Leonardo as an Old Master – with all its connotations of being …

Nottingham hosts an inspiring week of orchestral music

Nottingham hosts an inspiring week of orchestral music Musicians from the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM) visited the University of Nottingham last week for a wonderful week-long programme of events, culminating in a special gala performance at the Nottingham Albert Hall. Organised by Nottingham Lakeside Arts and the University’s Confucius Institute, the 21 guest musicians …

East Midlands Universities Officers’ Training Corps Remember

The impact of the First World War on University College, Nottingham, was profound. By its very nature, an institution concerned with higher education was likely to have a large number of young men on its books, both as students and staff, in the appropriate age range to join the armed forces. In addition, the formation …

Nottingham in the war: How was the University estate used during the war?

Today, the University of Nottingham is well-known for its beautiful and vast estate. During WWI unlike the self-contained campuses today, there were University buildings spread across the city. Here, we take a look at what happened to some of the University (then Nottingham University College) estate during the war. Munitions factories During World War One, …

Nottingham in the war: How a top student became a top soldier

In October 1917 during WWI, John Arthur Meads, a 24-year-old postgraduate student at the University College, later to become the University of Nottingham, died in battle. It is hard to believe looking back that such a young and promising student’s life could be cut so tragically short. As part of our series commemorating a centenary …

Nottingham in the war: The Wesselhoefts – a family of German descent fighting for Great Britain

As part of our series looking back at WWI, we look back at some of the students who studied at University College, later to become the University of Nottingham. Here, we look at two young cousins who had strong German connections and distinctive German names, and who both lost their lives almost exactly a year …

Memorial event at University Park

A minute’s silence was held across University Park at 11am on Friday November 9 in memory of those who have died in war.  East Midlands Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) led the Act of Remembrance from about 10.45am with a wreath laying in the Trent Building at University Park.  This year was particularly significant as it …

Nottingham in the War: A conscientious objector

Robert Acheson Sheldon is the only known conscientious objector among the staff of the University College’s during the First World War. Aged 36 he was living in Arboretum Street and working as a lecturer in Electrical Engineering in Nottingham when conscription was introduced in 1916. Being ‘of age’ Sheldon was required to join the army …

Nottingham in the War: Registrar to Registrar

Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix pays tribute to Thomas Porteous Black, Registrar of University College Nottingham in 1911, the most senior figure to be killed in World War I. There have been only nine Registrars of the University of Nottingham since its founding as University College Nottingham back in 1881. The most remarkable of all of …