Institute for Medieval Research


Substantial resources for researchers

The University is proud of its large and rich collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books, held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, a part of the University Libraries, Research and Learning Resources (LRLR).

The collections are open to all students and staff, and offer enormous research potential, as well as exciting opportunities for students to see and use original documents during the course of their studies. 

Faculty of Arts researchers discuss their research and the importance of the University of Nottingham libraries and special collections.


About the collections

Our internationally recognised collections include materials from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century over a range of subject areas.


Windows on War: a collaborative project between University of Nottingham researchers, Manuscripts and Special Collections and digital technologies experts.


Principal collections of medieval material

Collections containing original medieval material



Printed book collections 



Research guidance web pages

In addition to caring for its documents, Manuscripts and Special Collections has produced a series of online ‘Research Guidance’ pages giving advice for anyone wishing to consult archive material. Units of particular relevance to Medieval research are



Visiting Manuscripts and Special Collections

Students and researchers are always welcome to visit the Reading Room to find out more about the collections, and how they can be used.





Institute for Medieval Research

The University of Nottingham
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4845