Manuscripts and Special Collections

Prince Leopold opens University College Nottingham

1 June 27th, 2011 at 09:06

The 30th of June 2011 marks the 130th anniversary of the opening of University College, Nottingham. This is part of a series of blogs by Manuscripts and Special Collections that record the events of the day.

The formal opening of University College Nottingham took place on 30 June 1881, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Leopold, the fourth son of Queen Victoria and various visiting dignitaries.

This early photograph shows the assembled crowd outside the University College buildings in Shakespeare Street.

  1. The then Prince Leopold had been created Duke of Albany (and Earl of Clarence and Baron Arklow) earlier in the same year; see:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/24977/pages/2677

    The references in the article should therefore really be to the Duke of Albany. (Present-day comparison: you could refer to the Duke of Kent, say, as Prince Edward but it would not really be correct.)

    I look forward to further articles and pictures in this series. This university seems to make very little of its extensive history. Other than this:

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/about/history/abriefhistoryoftheuniversity.aspx

    what else is there on the web-site other than the material from the Manuscripts and Special Collections site?

    Posted by J Horton

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