Happy Easter from Manuscripts and Special Collections

As this weekend is Easter, it seems appropriate to share some Easter-related images from one of our treasures: the 15th century Wollaton Antiphonal belonging to St Leonard’s parish church. An Antiphonal is a book of liturgical music. It contains the words and music to the sung portions of the Divine Office, and had to be large enough to …

Christmas Closure

Manuscripts and Special Collections will be open up to and including Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December. We are closed from Thursday 25th December 2014, and will re-open at 9am on Monday 5th January 2015. During this period the Reading Room will not be open for visitors and we will be unable to answer enquiries. To find opening times …

Embracing serendipity at the annual archives conference

‘Survival of the fittest’ was the theme for this year’s Archives and Record Association conference. Archivists, records managers and conservators from all across the UK and beyond gathered in Newcastle to share positive stories and advice, in an era which has seen damaging cuts to services (particularly in local record offices). There was no room …

Mark Dorrington arrives as new Keeper

I am very pleased to have started work this week as the new Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections in succession to Dorothy Johnston.  I have 30 years’ experience in local authority and ecclesiastical archives and libraries.  My most recent post was as Team Manager for Archives and Local Studies with Nottinghamshire County Council, running …

Family inheritance on display

We were delighted to welcome Sir Andrew Buchanan, 5th Baronet, and his son George Buchanan to Manuscripts and Special Collections last week, on Mark Dorrington’s first day as the new Keeper of the Manuscripts at The University of Nottingham. Over the years the Buchanan family have deposited several significant collections of papers created by ancestors …

Celebrating archives everywhere: “A world without records is a world without memory”

This week sees the launch of a new campaign aiming to increase awareness of the essential role of archives in society. The campaign website for Explore Your Archive details forthcoming opportunities offered by archives all around the country to engage in a range of activities, from experiencing Downton Abbey for real, learning how to write in …

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 …

In Search of D H Lawrence

  If you think you know all about D H Lawrence but are struggling to remember titles beyond Lady Chatterley’s Lover or Sons and Lovers, call in on the exhibition  which opens on Friday 4 May at the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre.  The display is entitled The Many Lives of D H Lawrence and it …

Medieval treasure to be opened to public view

The 15th-century Wollaton Antiphonal, the most stunning of the medieval manuscripts cared for at the University of Nottingham, is to be made available to the public using the ‘Turning the Pages’ technology pioneered by the British Library. A research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), awarded to Emeritus Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre (School of …