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Dates: Friday 20 September to Sunday 5 January 2014
In a world of 24/7 news bulletins and social media channels, we have become familiar with the daily uncovering of secrets, both public and private. In display cases, story boards and other digitised resources, this exhibition shows how the past can also yield up its secrets, and illustrates how evidence about historic events survives through surprising voices and in curious contexts. Sometimes the documents were meant to remain secret. Records of government officers reveal the activities of early spies, and private correspondence provides frank and confidential views on scandals from previous centuries. In other cases, hidden value is discovered as books and manuscripts reveal unexpected layers of meaning.
The exhibition has been curated by former and current staff from Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.
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 Lakeside Arts Centre for further details.
May Day Marches
Emeritus Professor Chris Wrigley discusses the history of May Day protests. He explains how the first organised marches in 1890 were linked to centenary celebrations for the French Revolution. He describes how 1 May was used from that date to stage protest marches, with different issues being raised over the years in different countries.
Emeritus Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre gives an account of the Rushall Psalter. He discusses its history and contents, and explains its unusual survival in the hands of one family line. From his own research, he explains what we can learn from the surprising range of vernacular literature found in its leaves.
Dr Rory Cormac, an expert in British intelligence and lecturer in International Relations, introduces the murky world of espionage. He discusses the highs and lows of using archives to access sensitive material, sharing some surprising revelations along the way.
Dr Dorothy Johnston, co-curator of the exhibition and former Keeper of Manuscripts, describes the development of the exhibition's themes with further illustrations from the collections.
Cynthia Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Russian Drama and Literature, discusses the development of an innovative online exhibition showcasing the University's collection of Soviet War Posters: windowsonwar.nottingham.ac.uk
DH Lawrence Pavilion
Lakeside Arts Centre
Box Office : 0115 8467777
Opening times :
Monday to Friday 11am-4pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays 12pm-4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and 1st to 2nd January 2014
Exploring the theatre programmes, flyers and posters relating to Chekhov productions which can be found in the historic collections at The University of Nottingham, gives deep insight into British domestication of this foreign classic.
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