May 4, 2016, by Sarah Colborne
Tri-Campus Contemporary Collecting
Good luck to all students sitting exams! Although you may feel like recycling the lot when it is all over, Manuscripts and Special Collections would like you to spare a thought for the material you might have accumulated which would make a good addition to the University Archives.
Whether you’re vacating your room in halls, fleeing a term’s worth of washing up in your shared house, or leaving university for good to start your new career, there’s a good chance that while you are packing you will come across a few things that bring back memories of the time you spent at The University of Nottingham.
Photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera (flyers, posters, tickets for events, etc.), records of involvement in student societies or activities such as elections, charity events, theatre productions, sports fixtures, and music performances, or even records of significant events in the development of departments, campuses, or halls of residence, can all help build up a picture of what life is like right now on your campus.
Photographs donated by former students show how varied the experience of studying at university can be, as with the example of Heather Jarvis (née Beardall), a student at the School of Agriculture at Sutton Bonington from 1948-1950, whose studies involved bee keeping and tractor driving.
It’s this rich variety of experience that we’re hoping to capture in order that the University Archives can become much more representative of our global staff and students.
Remember that we also want YOU to contribute by sending in photographs you’ve taken that represent:
- Relationship to your campus
- What you like best about being a student
Send each photo with some information (who/what/when/where), and don’t forget to tell us your campus, year of study, and department. Contributions will be collected for inclusion in the University archives, and our favourite entries will be published here on this Time Capsule Blog for all to enjoy (anonymously if you prefer!).
We’re hoping for an international tri-campus response!
Follow this blog to find out more about the exploits of former students uncovered in the archives and to see the latest submissions: https://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/manuscripts/category/Time-Capsule
Find out more about Manuscripts and Special Collections at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss
Time Capsule Blogs by Sarah Colborne, Archivist (Collections), Manuscripts and Special Collections
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