Manuscripts and Special Collections

Coming soon… ‘The New State of England’?

August 5th, 2011 at 10:08

The New State of England?

Based on Edward Chamberlayne’s year book Angliae Notitia (first published in 1661), Miege’s popular handbook went through many editions. Special Collection DA460.M4.

‘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 throne. A new era in British politics and cultural life had begun. This exhibition showcases the early archives of the Portland family held by Manuscripts and Special Collections to chart a journey through the tumultuous decades 1685-1720.

William of Orange was the Dutch replacement for the Catholic James II, placed on the throne as a result of the political turmoil of the Glorious Revolution. This exhibition explores some fierce and strikingly familiar sounding, eighteenth-century debates. Could a Catholic inherit the British crown and how should the nations of England and Scotland be governed under the crown? What were the rights and wrongs of free speech, and was the press dangerously powerful? How could the economy respond to a stock market bubble and crash? Amidst these discussions, playwrights, poets and authors revelled in the scandalous behaviour of certain monarchs and politicians.

The displays follow the figure of William Bentinck, one of William of Orange’s closest confidantes and advisors whose service was rewarded with the title Earl of Portland. He was the founder of a powerful political family, based at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire. The Portland papers with their letters and literature, poems and pamphlets, squibs and satire are a key source for this fascinating period in British history.

Monday to Friday 11am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday 12 noon – 4pm

Admission Free

For further details phone: 0115 846 7777

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