Manuscripts and Special Collections

Archive for 2011

Blog moving!

November 30th, 2011 at 12:11

Manuscripts blog is moving to a new location within the University website. You can access the blog by clicking on the link above, and we do hope you will bookmark it as well. We hope this move will introduce our collections and services to an even greater range of readers, and we will welcome your [...]

New cartoons acquired

November 21st, 2011 at 08:11

We have recently had the opportunity to acquire some cartoons or “political sketches” by “H.B”, the pseudonym used by painter and cartoonist John Doyle (1797-1868).  Doyle was born in Dublin, and attended the Royal Dublin Society’s drawing school, where he was a pupil of the miniature painter John Comerford. He became a successful painter of horses, [...]

Additions for the D H Lawrence Collection!

November 15th, 2011 at 11:11

  The latest addition to the Lawrence Collection online catalogue is a group of papers purchased earlier in the summer with the assistance of the V & A Museum Purchase Grant Fund.  Lawrence’s autograph text of the short piece “Laura Philippine” has a special interest, as it survives with a series of letters that provide [...]

New leaflet about the Portland Collection

November 11th, 2011 at 05:11

A new free leaflet is available to those who want more information about the University’s Portland Collection. This joins a series of guides produced in recent years to describe major collections or subject areas. The leaflet highlights some of the strengths of the Collection for political, diplomatic, literary and cultural history, and its relevance to local [...]

Medieval treasure to be opened to public view

November 3rd, 2011 at 02:11

By Dorothy Johnston. 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 [...]

Recipe of the month: Stewed rump of beef ‘the Welsh way’

November 1st, 2011 at 08:11

The large quantities of herbs and spices used in 18th-century recipes are thought by some to have helped to disguise the taste of old meat, as preservation of fresh food before the invention of reliable refrigeration techniques was difficult. However, rich families with access to their own livestock, or the money to buy quality food, [...]

Manuscripts feature in University’s Impact Campaign

October 24th, 2011 at 03:10

On Monday 17 October, Manuscripts and Special Collections featured as one of the projects in the first day of the University’s new fundraising campaign.  The launch took place on University Park, at the East Midlands Conference Centre.  Guests were introduced to “The Nottingham Experience” theme, which is one of five campaign themes being launched in [...]

Student Union Posters

October 14th, 2011 at 09:10

                             Manuscripts and Special Collections have recently finished digitising a series of Nottingham Student Union posters advertising gigs and events in the 1970s. The posters were carefully preserved for posterity by alumni John Bailey (Agriculture/Horticulture 1972) and Richard Stark (Chemical Engineering 1971), [...]

“Full steam ahead” (Papplewick Pumping Station)

October 6th, 2011 at 04:10

Earlier this year, to mark the start of the project to catalogue the water records, representatives from the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust visited the University to find out more about our holdings. These include a series of plans of Papplewick Pumping Station which are still proving useful for engineers involved in maintaining the site today. [...]

Recipe of the month: Cheese rolls

October 1st, 2011 at 08:10

A recipe for dinner party canapés, not from the 1970s, but from somewhere around the 1770s, this recipe for puff pastry Cheshire cheese rolls come from an undated recipe book in the collection attributed to the Willoughby family of Aspley and Cossall. Cheese Rolls (MS 87/1, p. 2) A quarter of a pound of Chesire [...]