Manuscripts and Special Collections

Weather Extremes: Making and breaking records in Nottinghamshire

This exhibition ran between 16th December 2016 and 26th March 2017.

The exhibition was jointly curated by Professor Georgina Endfield and Dr Lucy Veale of the School of Geography and Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham. It was based on research carried out during the Weather Extremes research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

CMYK Portrait

A frozen River Trent at Trent Bridge 16 February 1895. Manuscript Collections, MS 258/3/3


This exhibition used materials held by The University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections to explore the history of extreme weather events in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area.

Key events in Nottinghamshire’s weather history were featured: floods, droughts, storms, extremes of temperature and other strange atmospheric happenings (some well-known, others long forgotten). Archival sources revealed how extreme weather affected daily life in the city of Nottingham and the wider county, the impact it had on different groups in society and their responses to it, and which events entered the public memory.

Listen again

Lakeside Arts Centre

Listen to audio recordings of the lunchtime talks given by external speakers that accompanied the exhibition.

Exhibition poster

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Exhibition themes

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

Unfortunately it is not possible to display representations of original archive material which featured in the exhibition cases.

Visitor comments

Fab weather facts that blew my mind

Great idea for an exhibition - an endless source of fascination to so many of us!

We love talking about the weather - wonderful and interesting exhibition

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