Manuscripts and Special Collections

Category: Outreach

This category contains 6 posts


May 13th, 2011 at 09:05

Last Saturday saw the University’s annual Mayfest for alumni, supporters and the community. Manuscripts and Special Collections had our usual activities based at the Lakeside Pavilion, as well as more formal events with the Vice Chancellor and in the Great Hall. Bearing in mind that the weather was not as good as last year, we [...]

Who Do You Think You Are? visits the University of Nottingham

August 10th, 2010 at 04:08

Gardener and writer Monty Don was just one of the many people who visit Manuscripts and Special Collections each year on a mission to use original documents to find out more about the past – but he was the only one who brought a film crew along with him! The programme’s researchers had discovered that [...]

Why do we keep ‘old stuff’?

July 30th, 2010 at 12:07

The department has been working recently with some schoolchildren from Dunkirk Primary School and Ruth Lewis-Jones from Lakeside Arts Centre on a project named ‘Trove’. This was part funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and was designed to enable the children to learn about the work that goes on in archives. Our class [...]

Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress

May 28th, 2010 at 08:05

Contrary to popular opinion, Kalamazoo actually is a real place! Every May, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo plays host to 3,000 conference delegates for three and a half days of medieval scholarship. Most of those who attend are lecturers or researchers in universities in the U.S. and Western Europe, with just a few archivists and [...]

Gall Wasps!

May 27th, 2010 at 08:05

Earlier today I had a group of children visiting Conservation from a local primary school. I had a number of things out to illustrate the work that goes on in Conservation.   Alongside an 18c document I had a bag of ‘oak apples’. These were to illustrate what type of ink was used in the document. [...]

Community Day

April 26th, 2010 at 10:04

Our section’s participation in the University’s Community Day seemed to present an ideal opportunity for me to try to post my first ever blog! It was a really successful day for us, so well done to all who contributed, especially Caroline as organiser, who looked great, and was an added attraction, in medieval costume. The [...]