Manuscripts and Special Collections

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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 [...]

The Chaworth-Musters Collection

October 18th, 2010 at 10:10

The Chaworths were one of the most prominent landed families in Nottinghamshire. They acquired the manors of Edwalton in the 13th century, Wiverton in the 14th century, and Annesley in the 15th century. The family was joined with the Musters family of Colwick Hall by the marriage of the last Chaworth heiress, Mary Ann Chaworth, to John [...]

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 ‘Traitié…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 [...]

New catalogues added in January and February 2010

March 4th, 2010 at 12:03

New collections Descriptions of 7 new collections have been released on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue. The hyperlinks in the descriptions below take you to a more detailed catalogue entry. Papers of Victor Horsley, pupil at High Pavement School, Nottingham , 1918-1928 (MS 284) Copy photographs of Laxton, Nottinghamshire , originally taken c.1890-1970; 2009 (MS 829) Abstract [...]