Manuscripts and Special Collections

Lunchtime talks

Listen to audio recordings of the lunchtime talks that accompanied the exhibition. These talks were given by speakers from the University of Nottingham and recorded in a large auditorium; the use of headphones is recommended.

Audio recordings

Jesse Boot, the Highfields Estate, and the Creation of University Park

Professor John Beckett looks at how the Nottingham entrepreneur Jesse Boot faciliated University College's move to a new campus in 1920.

Audio recorded 5 October 2015

From Modest Beginnings to Global Institution

Emeritus Professor Malcolm Jones looks at the development of the University of Nottingham, combining institutional history with personal reflections from his own 50+ year association with the University.

Audio recorded 7 December 2015 



Photographing University Park

Dr Andrew Souter reflects on the diversity and beauty of the University of Nottingham's UK campuses

Recorded 2 November 2015

Highfields and the University that Never Was

Although not part of the original exhibition, this short talk focuses on the area that is now University Park Campus in the nineteenth century, and how the proposal for a collaborative University of the East Midlands eventually became the University of Nottingham.

The Missing Medieval Village of Keighton

For over 300 years, historians knew that a there had once been a medieval village named Keighton somewhere between Nottingham and Chilwell. This talk looks at how a chance find when planting cabbages led to the rediscovery of the vanished village right in the heart of campus.


Going Global exhibition

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