Manuscripts and Special Collections

Archive for August, 2011

It never rains but it pours…

August 30th, 2011 at 10:08

It has emerged that one of the largest collections of material within the uncatalogued accessions I am responsible for appraising and describing, are records of the Hydrology Section (later the Water Resources Section), of the Trent River Authority’s Engineer’s Department. This material comprised an intimidating accession of over 250 boxes of very mixed files in [...]

On this day in the archives

August 11th, 2011 at 09:08

Today marks the 92nd anniversary of the death of the Scottish born industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Probably best known now for his funding of around 3,000 public libraries and educational institutions, he was born in Dunfermline and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1848 where he worked in a cotton mill from [...]

Coming soon… ‘The New State of England’?

August 5th, 2011 at 10:08

‘THE NEW STATE OF ENGLAND’? THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION AND ITS AFTERMATH IN THE HISTORIC COLLECTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 2011 WESTON GALLERY, D H LAWRENCE PAVILION, LAKESIDE ARTS CENTRE, UNIVERSITY PARK NOTTINGHAM At the dawn of the eighteenth century a Dutch king was sitting on the English [...]

Recipe of the Month: Pickled cauliflowers

August 1st, 2011 at 08:08

18th-century recipe books are full of pickles and preserves. Before refrigerators and freezers were invented, fresh food went off very quickly. The summertime glut of fresh produce needed to be managed, and made into jams and savoury pickles. Most of the traditional pickle recipes, like this one, were quite time-consuming, involving a number of separate [...]