Manuscripts and Special Collections

Weather Extremes Weston Gallery Exhibition


Weather Extremes:

Making and breaking records in Nottinghamshire

Dates: Friday 16 December 2016 - Sunday 26 March 2017

Admission free

This exhibition uses materials held by The University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections to explore the history of extreme weather events in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area.

Key events in Nottinghamshire’s weather history will be featured:
floods, droughts, storms, extremes of temperature and other strange atmospheric happenings (some well-known, others long forgotten). Archival sources reveal how extreme weather affected daily life in the city of Nottingham and the wider county, the impact it had on different groups in society and their responses to it, and which events entered the public memory.

 Detail from ACC 855/8. Students skating on Highfields Lake, 1947. By permission of The Nottingham Post



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The display also explores the contributions of Nottinghamshire people to the extreme weather archive and to the wider development of the science of meteorology. The exhibition materials not only illustrate the diversity of documentary records
available for extreme weather history in the UK, but also serve to demonstrate the changing nature of weather recording and weather records over time.
Visitors will also be invited to share their own weather memories.

The exhibition has been jointly curated by Professor Georgina Endfield and Dr Lucy Veale (School of Geography) and Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham. The Weather Extremes research project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

A series of talks and events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 8467777.

See the exhibition page at Nottingham Lakeside Arts for further details.

Location and Opening Times

Weston Gallery 
DH Lawrence Pavilion 
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
University Park 

Box Office : 0115 8467777  

Opening times:

Tuesday to Friday 11am-4pm

Saturday and Sunday noon-4pm

Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

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Lunchtime talks  

Djanogly Theatre

All talks are 1-2 pm

12 January 2017

"And what becomes of the turnips?" Archival investigations of extreme weather events in the UK

Exhibition curators Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale
discuss their research exploring histories of extreme
weather in the UK. They illustrate the multiple ways in
which unusual and extreme weather has been, and
continues to be, observed, recorded and remembered. They discuss the development and creation of the exhibition and the work involved in the development of the TEMPEST extreme weather database.

9 February 2017

Whom do we blame for the weather?

Mark Twain reputedly claimed that "Everybody talks
about the weather, but nobody does anything about
it". But do we in fact know whom to blame for ‘bad’
weather? In this talk Professor Mike Hulme of King’s
College, London University, surveys different historical
and cultural explanations for bad weather and ends
with some reflections on whether or not climate science today is offering a new and helpful narrative of blame.

7 March 2017

From sorcery to super computers: the story of weather as told through a selection of treasures from The National Meteorological Archive

The National Meteorological Archive holds materials
ranging from a 12th century illuminated manuscript of
a work by the patron saint of Natural Sciences to the
tender for the first Met Office Super Computer. Using a
selection of unique treasures from the archive this talk
by Catherine Ross aims to present a brief overview of
developments in meteorology from the work of the
Aristotle to the dawn of the computing age.


Djanogly Theatre

1.30-2.45 pm

Friday 17 March 2017

The Storm Officer

Stories of wild floods, Nottinghamshire whirlwinds, fire-drakes, the Thames frozen over, Sir Cloudesley Shovell and Ann the local poet, with her many-coloured notebooks.

Inspired by the extreme weather database (TEMPEST), The Storm Officer is a rich journey, and an entertainment, which weaves together story, songs, strange characters, a thousand years of extreme weather and real experiences from the Cumbrian floods of December 2015.

The performance has been commissioned by Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale as part of the Weather Extremes exhibition, and has been written by Matt Black.

Admission free, but please book in advance via Box Office on 0115 846 7777.


Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
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