Manuscripts and Special Collections

Online exhibitions

Explore our collections by browsing these exhibitions. You can view online versions of previous Weston Gallery exhibitions, or look at particular themes or subject areas in the 'Spotlight' and 'Focus on ... ' pages. 

From the Weston Gallery

To extend access to our exhibition programme we have created online versions of some previous Weston Gallery exhibitions. These condensed adaptations consist of a series of pages based on the display boards plus a selection of the exhibits. 

Go to the Icelandic Literature exhibition

Ice, Fire and Northern Myths

Icelandic literature 

Go to the Nottingham Park exhibition 

Nottingham Park

From ducal estate to urban residence

Go to The Bawdy Court exhibition

The Bawdy Court

Views of community life in 16th/17th century Nottinghamshire 

Go to the D H Lawrence exhibition 

DH Lawrence at Nottingham

A literary legacy


 Go to the War, Women & Survival exhibition

War, Women and Survival

Sometimes it takes courage to survive 

Go to the From Parchment to Pixels exhibition 


From Parchment to Pixels

Collections at the University of Nottingham

Go to the Windows On War website 

Windows on War

Soviet War Posters 

Go the the Laxton exhibition 


Farming in an open field village


Go to the Gladstone exhibition page 

W.E. Gladstone

The Grand Old Man in Nottinghamshire


Saints, Sinners and Storytellers

Medieval Wollaton Manuscripts

Poster for the New State of England exhibition

The New State of England

The Glorious Revolution and its Aftermath

Proud father and baby, Derbyshire 1949

Mothers and Midwives

A History of Maternity in the East Midlands


Go to The Many Lives of D H Lawrence exhibition

The Many Lives of 
D H Lawrence

Battle of the biographers


Balls, Boots and Players

Celebrating 500 Years of Nottingham High School in its Community


Nottinghamshire's People

Ancestral Stories from the Archives


All Quiet in the Weston Gallery

The First World War


  George Green exhibition poster

George Green

Nottingham's Magnificent Mathematician

Image taken from the poster for 'Walking the Tightrope', depicting a cartoon-style drawing os a girl and her grandfather balancing on a tightrope against an orange sky.

Playing Around

Taking Theatre to Communities across the East Midlands

  Charging Against Napoleon exhibition

Charging Against Napoleon

Wellington's Campaigns and Waterloo


Going Global

A history of The University of Nottingham 



Inspiring Beauty

80 Years of Making Up the Modern Woman

GT poster slice

Grand Tourists and Others

Grand Tourists and Others: Travelling Abroad Before the 20th Century

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Francis Willughby (1635-72)

A Natural Historian and his Collections


Weather Extremes

Making and breaking records in Nottinghamshire



Threads of Empire

Rule and resistance in colonial India 1740-1840

Bookcase image

Collected Words

From the literary collections at the University of Nottingham

 Danelaw Saga Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands

Danelaw Saga

Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands



From Rags to Witches

The grim tale of children's stories


 Selection of Elections poster-crop

A Selection of Elections

Votes, suffrage and reform

Tree struck by lightning


'To Slowly Trace The Forest's Shady Scene'

Romantic Facts and Fantasies

Romantic Facts and Fantasies

Culture and Heritage of the Romantic Age, c. 1780-1840


Georgian Delights

Life during the reign of George IV (1820-1830)


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Fully Fashioned

Archival remnants of the textile trade









Spotlight on...

A special set of online exhibitions designed to be an introduction to our holdings.

Go to the In Good Health exhibition in Spotlight

In Good Health

Healthcare and medicine from the past several hundred years

Go to the Travellers and Tourists exhibition in Spotlight

Travellers and Tourists

Early explorations and the beginnings of tourism


By Sword and Gun

Famous wars, and the personal experiences of fighting men


A Literary Miscellany

Local authors join literary figures of earlier centuries


Go to the Cradle to Grave exhibition in Spotlight

From the Cradle to the Grave

Birth and death, childhood and adult life, work and leisure


From the University's History

Memorable events from civic college origins to current activities

  Go to The Wollaton Antiphonal Turning Pages

The Wollaton Antiphonal

Turn the pages of The Wollaton Antiphonal 




Focus on...

Our ‘focus on’ exhibitions attempt to respond to our users needs for an introduction to particular themes or subject areas.   They are a versatile tool aimed at providing a brief but snappy ‘appetiser’ to collections, themes or specific topics. 

Go to the Focus on Sport exhibition


Exercise through the centuries 

Go to the Focus on Robin Hood exhibition

Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest

Ballads, literature, and the historical context 

Go to Spotlight on Slavery

Spotlight on Slavery

The slave trade over the centuries



Other Displays

We regularly put on small displays of appropriately-themed surrogate material in libraries and other sites around the various campuses. Some of our previous displays are available online.

Exhibitions displayed at the Business Library, Jubilee Campus

Exhibitions displayed at the James Cameron-Gifford Library, Sutton Bonington Campus

Exhibitions displayed in the Department of History, Lenton Grove, University Park Campus

Other Events

Colin Wilson Conference, July 2016

Manuscripts and Special Collections

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