Manuscripts and Special Collections

Featured Topic for Thursday: By Sword and Gun.

Oliver Cromwell: supported the trial and execution of the K	ing.

Putting the spotlight on the theme of warfare takes us from fields of battle, such as Naseby during the Civil War, or the Crimean War two hundred years later, to the stories of individual soldiers, such as George Cowley.

Rich archival holdings from the 17th and 18th centuries help to illustrate the Jacobite problem in England following the 'Glorious Revolution', and the campaigns leading to American independence, which were described in letters from English servicemen writing home.

Detail from a WW1 propaganda postcard

The power of the press is shown from the experience of the French revolution, supplementing images of famous names from the years of the Terror; propaganda from the two world wars in the 20th century illustrates a theme common to conflicts past and present.

Six Topics are Featured:

In Good Health
Travellers and Tourists
From the Cradle to the Grave
By Sword and Gun
A Literary Miscellany
From the University's History

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In Good Health

In good health topic

The collections contain many items that show the changes in healthcare and medicine from the past several hundred years.

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Travellers and Tourists

Travellers and tourists topic

Maps, illustrations and travellers' accounts describe early explorations, the experience of visiting foreign countries, and the beginnings of tourism.

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From the Cradle to the Grave

Cradle to the grave topic

Changing experiences of birth and death, childhood and adult life, work and leisure, are illustrated in letters, images, and printed ephemera.

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By Sword and Gun

By sword and gun topic

Famous wars, and the personal experiences of fighting men, are described in original manuscript accounts, photographs, posters and published records.

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A Literary Miscellany

Literary miscellany topic

Local authors, including D H Lawrence, join literary figures of earlier centuries in a compilation featuring satire, drama, and ballad literature.

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From the University's History

University history topic

Memorable events in the history of the University of Nottingham are illustrated, from its civic college origins to current international activities.

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