Manuscripts and Special Collections
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Tours and Talks

We are happy to provide talks and behind-the-scenes guided tours about the work of Manuscripts & Special Collections and the records we hold. We can host these on King's Meadow Campus, or visit you at your venue. 

Please contact us to discuss your group/organisation's requirements, giving us as much notice as possible. We will try to tailor events to your specific research interests whenever possible.

Talks (in person or online)

Our expert staff can deliver public talks on a range of topics, using our rare books and archives, including:

  • Nottinghamshire Treasures: some of our most important local holdings.
  • Sex and Scandal in Nottingham: real cases from the 17th and 18th centuries that were brought before the ecclesiastical courts, nicknamed the 'Bawdy Court' due to the salacious nature of the cases.
  • Supernatural Stories: ghostly goings-on from around the East Midlands.
  • An Unheroic History of Robin Hood
  • Murder Most Foul

Talks last for approximately 45 minutes and include slides.

Talks held at Manuscripts & Special Collections include the option to book a free behind-the-scenes tour (lasting an additional 45 minutes).

We can travel to venues in and around Nottingham, or deliver talks online.

Fee: £45 plus any travel expenses.


Tours of Manuscripts and Special Collections

We offer free behind-the-scenes tours of Manuscripts & Special Collections to the public a couple of times a year.  

However, if you would like to book a private tour and display of documents relevant for your group then please email us to discuss availability. 

The tour and the chance to see some of our most important and exciting rare books and archives lasts about 60 minutes. 

The group size is normally limited to 12, but we may be able to accommodate larger groups.

Fee: £45.

Tours of the Weston Gallery

Our public exhibition gallery is at Lakeside Arts on the main University Park Campus. The exhibitions change several times a year and information about the current programme is here. We run curator tours as part of the usual programme of events, but if you would like a private tour for your group/organisation then we are happy to arrange this.

Tours last approximately 1 hour.

The group size is a maximum of 15.

Fee: £20.

Staff and Students at the Universty of Nottingham

We don't charge for classes, seminars or training provided to staff and students of the University of Nottingham. We can provide general introductions to archival research and how to use Manuscripts & Special Collections, and module-specific sessions with the opportunity to see relevant archival material.

Contact us to discuss how we can help.

Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651