Manuscripts and Special Collections

Welcome to Manuscripts and Special Collections

We are part of Libraries, Research and Learning Resources at The University of Nottingham.

Anyone can view our printed, manuscript and archive collections at King's Meadow Campus.

Manuscripts & Special Collections will be closed from 23rd December to 2nd January inclusive for Christmas and New Year. 


Parchment, Paper and Pixels

Parchment, Paper and Pixels

A free iBook showcasing some of the treasures held in Manuscripts and Special Collections, with a range of short articles illustrated with images, sound and video.

It includes mediaeval manuscripts, archives, maps, posters, photographs, rare printed books and music and covers the globe from Iceland to China by way of Nottingham and the Soviet Union. Notable personalities featured include Robin Hood and DH Lawrence and it introduces the father of English geology, William Smith, and one of the world’s first ornithologists, Francis Willughby.

Available from itunes


Forthcoming Exhibition 

Danelaw Saga poster homepage

Danelaw Saga

Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands

invade...immigrate...integrate...inspire. Danelaw Saga tells the tale of how the Vikings shaped the East Midlands.

Uncover the legacy of the Vikings on our doorstep.

15 December 2017 - 8 April 2018

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Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651