D.H. Lawrence Research Centre
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The University of Nottingham has close historical ties with Lawrence and with Lawrence Studies.

The young author was a student at the former Nottingham University College between 1906 and 1908; he studied in the imposing gothic building on Shakespeare Street in Nottingham city centre, which now belongs to Nottingham Trent University.

When the University moved to its current University Park campus in the 1920s, Lawrence wrote a somewhat sardonic poem entitled 'Nottingham's New University' to commemorate the occasion.

D.H. Lawrence: Celebrating a Literary Life

DH Lawrence at The University of Nottingham

The School of English at the University of Nottingham has led the way in Lawrence research; it has been home to several celebrated Lawrence scholars, including Vivian de Sola Pinto, James T. Boulton, Peter Preston and John Worthen (who remains Emeritus Professor of DH Lawrence Studies).

The University’s Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections on the King's Meadow Campus houses an outstanding collection of Lawrence manuscripts, first editions, letters and research materials; it has been awarded Designated Status by The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as being of outstanding national and international importance.

The DH Lawrence Research Centre is part of the University of Nottingham's Centre for Regional Literature and Culture. The Centre is fortunate in being able to draw on the expertise of John Worthen, Emeritus Professor of DH Lawrence Studies at the University. Neil Roberts and Keith Sagar are Honorary Professors in the School of English who are attached to the Centre, and Stephen Lowe (a renowned playwright and Honorary Lecturer in the School) works with the Centre on Lawrence-related projects. Dr. Hilary Hillier has specific expertise on Lawrence, and is a valued adviser to the Centre.

Through the annual Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies, which is edited in-house, the Centre also has firm links to the D.H. Lawrence Society in Eastwood and to the worldwide community of Lawrence scholars and enthusiasts.

We hope that will site will enrich your enjoyment of the author and the places from which he drew so much inspiration.

If you would like more information about the activities of the DH Lawrence Research Centre, or if you would like to explore postgraduate research opportunities on Lawrence in the School of English, please e-mail the Centre’s Director, Dr. Andrew Harrison, or write to:

Dr. Andrew Harrison
Director, DH Lawrence Research Centre
School of English
University of Nottingham
University Park

Please also see our useful links page on Lawrence.  

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Dr Andrew Harrison

Centre for Regional Literature and Culture

Trent Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6456
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