Manuscripts and Special Collections

Georgian Delights

Georgian Delights: Life during the reign of George IV (1820-1830) ran between Friday 13 December 2019 and closed Friday 17 March 2020.

George IV became King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover on 29 January 1820. His long apprenticeship for the throne, as Prince of Wales and (after 1811) Prince Regent, made him a colourful and controversial figure.

This exhibition, timed to coincide with the bicentenary of George’s accession, examined his life and reign, highlighting the contrasts between the King and his subjects, through The University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.



The exhibition was jointly curated by Dr Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History (School of Humanities) and Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

This promotional video, featuring Timothy Bentinck, 12th Earl of Portland, who officially opened the exhibition, was filmed by Paul Bradshaw from Viral History at the exhibition launch on 12 December 2019. Viral History also filmed The Cato Street Conspiracy video with Dr Richard Gaunt on location in London.

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The exhibition was accompanied by a series of lunchtime talks, interviews, and more given by experts, available to watch again.

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Read academic curator Dr Richard Gaunt's blog 'Heirs and Spares' to learn more about the royal succession after George IV. 

Exhibition themes

The exhibition boards which were displayed in the Weston Gallery are available to download:

Some of the panels that were in the cases are also available to download, but we don't have images available of all the items that were displayed:

See Dr Richard Gaunt's case-by-case tour of the exhibition here

Visitor comments

Lovely - very well done!

Fascinating. Loved the cartoons.

So much to take in. I will be back. 

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