Manuscripts and Special Collections

Category: Website resources

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Cause papers in the Archdeaconry of Nottingham archive

April 13th, 2011 at 08:04

A new set of pages, Libels (Cause Papers), in the Collections in Context > Archdeaconry Resources part of our website, aims to de-mystify the arcane processes of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham’s consistory court. The court dealt mainly with complaints made by one person against another. The most common complaint was ‘defamation’, and thousands of records [...]

Confused about using archives?

March 17th, 2011 at 12:03

We have just finished running a series of sessions for the Graduate School, giving advice to students about finding and using UK archives and manuscripts in their research. If you missed these sessions, don’t worry. There’s lots of information available online, in the Using Archives research guidance unit on our website.

Medieval Books

February 21st, 2011 at 11:02

Hot on the heels of Reading and Understanding Medieval Documents, a second new resource relating to the Middle Ages has just been made available in the ‘Research Guidance’ area of our website. Medieval Books contains information about how these beautiful artefacts were created. In an age before mass-production, each book was hand-made by a team [...]

Reading and Understanding Medieval Documents

February 16th, 2011 at 08:02

If you think you can’t read the two texts above, you are in good company. Most people would say that the handwriting is beautiful, that the documents as objects or artefacts are pleasing, but that they are impossible to read without a PhD. You might not even recognise that both are written in English! It [...]

Did your ancestors attend chapel?

February 9th, 2011 at 08:02

If so, there is a chance that some references to them might be found in the nonconformist church records held at The University of Nottingham. Researchers and family historians are used to going to local county or diocesan record offices such as Nottinghamshire Archives to see the registers and records from Anglican parish churches. Nottinghamshire [...]

New learning resource on British Prime Ministers

November 22nd, 2010 at 12:11

U-NOW, The University of Nottingham’s repository for Open Courseware has recently launched a resource produced by Richard Gaunt of the School of History in conjunction with Manuscripts and Special Collections. It charts the careers of Prime Ministers 1783-1852 and draws upon the rich visual resources available to students of the period and held at Kings [...]

Wives, Widows and Wimples

May 4th, 2010 at 11:05

The story of Silence, a girl brought up as a boy; the imprisonment of Elizabeth Swillington, mistreated to get her to sign over her inheritance; John Gower’s poem ‘TraitiĆ©…pour essampler les amantz marietz’, praising fidelity in marriage; devotional literature presented as a moral alternative to tales of knights and their quests; controversy over women dressing [...]

The medieval Willoughby family

April 12th, 2010 at 11:04

Biographies and family trees of five medieval members of the Willoughby family have been added to the online Family & Estate Resource relating to the Middleton family of Wollaton Hall. The Willoughby family is descended from Ralph Bugge, a Nottingham merchant, who bought lands in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, in the thirteenth century. The family soon changed [...]