Welcome to Local History Seminars
This is a long-running public seminar series run by the Department of History, convened by Dr Richard Gaunt (Associate Professor in British Political and Electoral History). All students, academic staff, and the general public are welcome. The seminars offer an opportunity for public discussion of local history topics with specialist talks from visiting speakers and University of Nottingham academics.
We're pleased to return to in-person seminars this autumn. The University strongely encourages the continued use of facemasks in seminar rooms unless you are exempt due to a medical condition. Hand sanitiser will be available and please give those outside of your bubble plenty of space.
We are returning to the usual room A18-19 in Lenton Grove.
Saturday 13 November
'Nottinghamshire women in the Civil Wars' with Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham)
A talk on various Nottinghamshire women and their experience in the Civil Wars, from the literate and relatively high-born Lucy Hutchinson to the illiterate and unknown Rose Oldershaw of Nottingham. Not entirely unknown, as our Civil War Petitions project has unearthed quite a lot about Rose and her work in nursing wounded soldiers.
As a point of local interest, Rose Oldershaw housed her patients in her house in Warser Gate in Nottingham. Her main patient for two years was a Yorkshireman - Timothy Holt from Sheffield. The only thing we don't know about Timothy Holt is where he was wounded. We know roughly when he was wounded, which leads me to suspect that he was probably hurt during one of Parliament's early assaults on Newark. Oldershaw was clearly well known to the Nottingham Parliamentary Committee, who referred to her simply as 'Rose' in many of their documents.
Dr Appleby is a specialist in the British Civil Wars, the Commonwealth and Protectorate, the Restoration, and crime and punishment in early modern England.