University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections

University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG7 2NR
England

Website

www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss

E-mail

mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk

Telephone

0115 951 4565

Fax

0115 846 8651

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Manuscripts and Special Collections is part of Information Services at The University of Nottingham and is located at King's Meadow Campus.

Our printed, manuscript and archive collections together provide a rich resource for studies at all levels for a wide range of subjects. The Library has been collecting manuscripts since the early 1930s and now holds approximately 3 million documents, extensive holdings of printed collections, and the East Midlands Collection of local material.

Our website includes further information, online catalogues, online exhibitions, learning resources, research guidance resources to assist users of original material, and other digitised content.

This archive has Designated Collections of national importance: the Portland (London), Portland of Welbeck and Newcastle of Clumber family and estate papers, and the D H Lawrence Collection.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Thu 09.00-18.00
Fri 09.00-17.00

The Reading Room is closed for Bank Holidays and University closures.

Admission charges

Free

The D.H. Lawrence, Portland (London), Portland of Welbeck, and Newcastle of Clumber papers have been Designated as Outstanding Collections by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

The latter collections comprise family, estate, political and literary papers, 12th – 20th centuries. These collections are of outstanding significance for the study of how the two families influenced the political, literary and economic history of England. The families represented in these collections are significant to national and international life.

The D H Lawrence collection comprehensively covers the work of D H Lawrence and is particularly strong in original material relating to his native Nottinghamshire. It demonstrates the significant cultural impact of Lawrence on the latter half of 20th century, including that on the publishing industry and demonstrates his status as a figure of both national and international importance.

Manuscript holdings include the papers of leading Nottinghamshire families and their estates, the records of local businesses and organisation, including those of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham, the personal papers of political, diplomatic, literary, scientific and academic figures, as well as some of the historical records of the University and its predecessor, University College Nottingham. The Wollaton Library Collection of medieval manuscripts and printed books is the subject of current projects.

The printed collections include the subject areas of 18th to 19th century drama, children's educational literature, the history of medicine, Icelandic literature, the French Revolution, and D.H. Lawrence. Collections acquired from institutional libraries are also held, as well as a general special collection of early or rare books many of which have been transferred from general library holdings.

The East Midlands Collection contains books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials on the historic counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

Collection details

Literature, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • D.H. Lawrence
  • Cavendish-Bentinck family, Dukes of Portland, of Welbeck
  • Pelham-Clinton family, Dukes of Newcastle, of Clumber
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Archdeaconry of Nottingham
  • Designated Collections
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Conflict

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/learning/conflict/

This website presents digitised copies and transcripts of original archive material to explore three periods of conflict: The invasion of England by William of Orange in 1688; the 1745 Jacobite rebellion; and Sir Henry Clinton's role in the War for America (the American War of Independence), 1774-1783. It includes commentary explaining the significane of the material. It is suitable for A-level, FE and HE students, and lifelong learners.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Archdeaconry Resources

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/collectionsindepth/archdeaconry/

The archive of the historic Archdeaconry of Nottingham is one of the most extensive manuscript collections held at the University of Nottingham Library.
It is a major research resource in the primary context of ecclesiastical court history, and touches also on many issues of local church estates and property, parish and community concerns, family structure and individual lives. For particular periods - such as the mid-17th century - analysis of the documents can enable historians to see how local patterns reflected national changes in religious observance.
These web pages provides a range of supporting material to assist researchers using the Archdeaconry of Nottingham collection.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

D H Lawrence Resources

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/collections/dhl-resources/

A website giving information about the D H Lawrence Collections at The University of Nottingham Library. They form one of the major international research resources for the study of D H Lawrence (1885-1930), the well-known Nottinghamshire born writer, who was briefly a student at University College Nottingham in the early 20th century.
The website contains a range of supporting material related to Lawrence and his work, to enhance the understanding of his works both for serious students and general readers. These resources do not, at the moment, provide direct access to digital versions of the full texts of his writings or personal papers.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Laxton: Living in an Open Field Village

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/learning/laxton/

This learning resource contains images and transcripts of original archive materials relating to the village of Laxton in Nottingham, the only place in England which has retained the open field system of farming down to the present day. The website explores aspects of life in Laxton between 1635 and 1908. Despite the fact that Laxton was never fully enclosed, it was a typical example of a Midlands open field village and its history can therefore shed light on life in hundreds of similar places.
The website is suitable for GCSE, A-level, FE and HE students, and lifelong learners.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Laxton Open Field Village Teaching Plan

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/teaching/laxton/

This series of six lessons and activities for KS3 and GCSE explores Laxton, the last surviving open field village in England. The focus is on one individual (Joseph Rose), the wider Rose family, and how they lived in Laxton throughout the generations. What changed and what stayed the same? How typical was their experience on an individual, local and national level? The lessons can be used to explore issues around the Agricultural revolution, open field systems, arable and pasture land, strip farming, measurements of area such as acres and furlongs, manorial courts, the enclosure process, crop rotation and fallows.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Odour of Chrysanthemums: a text in process

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ManuscriptsandSpecialCollections/Learning/Odour.aspx

This website allows researchers to study four different versions of D H Lawrence's 'Odour of Chrysanthemums'. It traces the development of this celebrated short story set in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and based on Lawrence's experience of working-class life around Brinsley Colliery.
Three of the texts have been converted to electronic text format. The fourth is provided as digital image, this is the original proof with markings by Lawrence.

Creator

  • The University of Nottingham, Manuscripts and Special Collections, Information Services and the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre

Publisher

  • The University of Nottingham

Online exhibitions

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ManuscriptsandSpecialCollections/Exhibitions/Online/About.aspx

This webpage hosts digital versions of exhibitions based on the holdings of Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham. Exhibitions are mounted in the Weston Gallery of the D H Lawrence Pavilion, part of the Lakeside Arts Centre, four times a year.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Politics of the 4th Duke of Newcastle

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/learning/dukeofnewcastle/

This website presents digitised images and transcripts of original diaries written by the 4th Duke of Newcastle, and other original documents from the 'Age of Reform'.

It explores three themes: the South Nottinghamshire election of 1846; working class unrest: Luddism, Reform riots, and Chartism; and Catholic emancipation and the Maynooth Grant in Ireland. It includes commentary explaining the significance of these materials. It is suitable for A-level , FE and HE students, and lifelong learners.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Public Health and Housing

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/learning/healthhousing/

This website explores some of the problems facing the authorities and inhabitants of Nottingham in the mid-nineteenth century. Many of these problems - such as those caused by a growing population and the arrival of new industrial techniques - were also common to other towns. The website includes images and transcripts of original archive materials including parliamentary reports, borough records, correspondence, maps and photographs.
The website is suitable for GCSE, A-level, FE and HE students, and lifelong learners.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Public Health and Housing Teaching Plan

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/teaching/healthhousing

Series of 5 activity plans for teachers, exploring Nottingham throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century. It is aimed at KS3 pupils looking at the Industrial Revolution and GCSE pupils looking at Medicine Through Time. The activity plans include evidence chosen from a selection of original documents relating to health, housing, slums, disease, cholera and medicine.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Research Guidance

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ManuscriptsandSpecialCollections/ResearchGuidance/

These web pages aim to provide guidance and assistance for researching using original archives and manuscripts. There are currently eleven units: Dating Documents; Historical Weights and Measures; Using Archives; Accounting Records; Deeds; Deeds in Depth; Manorial Records; Maps and Plans; Medieval Books; Reading and Understanding Medieval Documents; and Caring for the Collections. Each unit uses examples from the collections held by Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/manuscriptsandspecialcollections/exhibitions/online/robinhood.aspx

This online exhibition features examples from the tales of Robin Hood in the collections held by Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. It also highlights resources for the study of the historical Sherwood Forest and its laws.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Spotlight on the Collections

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ManuscriptsandSpecialCollections/Exhibitions/Online/SpotlightOnTheCollections.aspx

These web pages feature six broad subject areas – such as health and travel – for which there is abundant research material in the University of Nottingham's manuscript and rare book collections. Each topic contains about seven themes. It introduces the subject with a brief text to support the images, transcripts of documents, and – in the case of the University’s history – a selective bibliography and chronology.

Creator

  • The University of Nottingham, Manuscripts and Special Collections

Publisher

  • The University of Nottingham, Manuscripts and Special Collections

Wives, Widows and Wimples

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ManuscriptsandSpecialCollections/Learning/MedievalWomen/Introduction.aspx

A web resource drawing on our medieval collections, featuring full-size digital images taken from stories of knights and their quests; works of learning and instruction in moral conduct; records of saints and of religious practice; and legal documents relating to landholding and marriage. There are transcripts and modern English summaries of all the handwritten documents. Suitable for students at A level or above, lifelong learners, and anyone interested in medieval history and culture.

Creator

  • Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Publisher

  • The University of Nottingham
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