Centre for Research on Cuba

The Hennessy Collection

This is the physical base of the Centre for Research on Cuba, currently located in the Trent Building, on the University Park campus.

The collection of materials is unique to Western Europe in that it houses in one place, accessible for browsing and access (i.e. not a closed-shelf collection), a range of variable runs or selections of over 70 Cuban journals, magazines and newspapers, and around 1500 books, videos, journal articles, conference papers, postgraduate theses, cuttings, etc., from Cuba and on Cuba.

Ex-Director of the Centre and Forum, Professor Emeritus Antoni Kapcia, introduces the Hennessy Collection housed in the Trent Building, University Park


See all the titles in the collection here

Collection overview

The Hennessy Collection is a unique archive of Cuban periodicals from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

Originally donated to the Forum for the Study of Cuba by Professor Alistair Hennessy in 1994, the archive currently holds over 70 different journals and newspapers, including extensive runs of Noticias de Hoy, Revolucion, Bohemia, Granma, Verde Olivo and Pensamiento Critico.

The collection of newspapers and journals continues to the present, and is being further supplemented by over 1400 books, videos, journal articles, conference papers, official documents and cuttings purchased with funds from the University of Nottingham, collected or donated by members of the Forum in Britain and Cuba. 

The Hennessy Collection, Florence Boot Hall 
The collection is named after Alaister Hennessy, best known as Professor in the Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick, for his outstanding contribution to the study of Cuba.

Access to the collection and bibliographical index

Access to the Hennessy Collection is usually limited to those who are Members or Associate Student Members of the Cuba Research Forum.

Want to know what titles the Collections holds? You can now see the catalogue of all the titles in the Collection.

However, non-Members may also have access, for bona fide academic or other reasons; those interested should contact parvathi.kumaraswami@nottingham.ac.uk 

Bibliographic information on the books, journal articles and conference papers currently held in the Hennessy Collection at the University of Nottingham can be obtained by emailing the current curator, Arturo Hernández: arturo.hernandez@nottingham.ac.uk.

The index database holds over 3500 titles.  All titles here listed may also be physically accessed at the Hennessy Collection, Trent Building, University Park Campus.   


Curating the Collection

The collection is curated by one of the centre's postgraduate students, who is also responsible for maintaining the website, social media platforms, and organising research events.

The position comes with a small stipend and enables the post-holder to develop a range of skills in research, communication, marketing and librarianship, and to deepen their knowledge of Cuba.

The current post-holder for 2022/23 is Arturo Hernández.

Year 2 and 3 postgraduate students are invited to apply for the position when advertised.



Centre for Research on Cuba

The University of Nottingham
Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5800