Manuscripts and Special Collections

Category: From the collections

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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, [...]

Connie Ford: Keepsakes of an Activist

September 7th, 2011 at 10:09

Tom Kew, our guest blogger, has been working with Manuscripts and Special Collections on the Connie Ford archive on placement from the Arts Graduate Centre at The University of Nottingham. Through my placement with the Arts Graduate Centre, I was recently thrust onto the front lines of revolutionary politics, armed only with a pencil and [...]

Fireworks to celebrate the new University College

July 1st, 2011 at 09:07

The 30th of June 2011 marks the 130th anniversary of the opening of University College, Nottingham. This is part of a series of blogs as taken from the Nottingham and Midland Counties Daily Express, which recorded the events of the day. At dusk last night Mr. J. Pain, the pyrotechnist of metropolitan renown, gave a [...]

Ode to the Nottingham University College

June 30th, 2011 at 12:06

The 30th of June 2011 marks the 130th anniversary of the opening of University College, Nottingham. This is part of a series of blogs as taken from the Nottingham and Midland Counties Daily Express, which recorded the events of the day. This poem, of typically Victorian artistic merit, was printed in the Nottingham and Midland [...]

The wonder of the telephone

2 June 29th, 2011 at 12:06

The 30th of June 2011 marks the 130th anniversary of the opening of University College, Nottingham. This is part of a series of blogs as taken from the Nottingham and Midland Counties Daily Express, which recorded the events of the day. Telephone communication with the University College premises was laid on by the National Telephone [...]

The first experiments at University College, Nottingham

June 28th, 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 as taken from the Nottingham and Midland Counties Daily Express, which recorded the events of the day. Last night, in the large lecture theatre at the University College, Professor Fleming gave [...]

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 [...]

Myles Thoroton Hildyard and the Thoroton Hildyard Collection

2 June 1st, 2011 at 08:06

Myles Thoroton Hildyard and the Second World War 60 years ago today, on 1 June 1941, Myles Thoroton Hildyard was reported missing from the island of Crete. It was three months before his family learnt of his daring escape, along with his friend Michael Parish, from the Maleme airfield prisoner of war camp. Hildyard and [...]

A seventeenth-century game of football

May 14th, 2011 at 12:05

As England gears up for the FA cup final today, I’ve been having a trawl for records relating to football within the archives here in Nottingham. Putting ‘football’ into the AnyText box of the main catalogue page brings up a number of hits relating to the beautiful game from a very diverse array of sources. You can discover photographs [...]

May Day in the Presentment Bills

April 30th, 2011 at 08:04

The lengthening days and the bursting out of leaves and flowers are a welcome sight after the dark winter months. May 1st is a traditional and ancient holiday celebrating the start of the summer, and is thought to derive in part from the Roman flower festival of Floralia. In the Middle Ages, a May Queen [...]