Lakeside Arts

Balls, Boots and Players

Celebrating 500 Years of Nottingham High School

Friday 28 September - Sunday 13 January
Weston Gallery
BALLS, BOOTS AND PLAYERS - Celebrating 500 Years of Nottingham High School


Four years after a young and enlightened Henry VIII came to the throne, a wealthy Nottingham widow championed a cause which resonates in classrooms, sports fields, boardrooms and corridors of power even to this day

With royal permission, her own donations of land and property, and the promise of support from the good people of Nottingham, Dame Agnes Mellers founded a school ‘evermore to endure’ for the teaching and instruction of boys in good manners and literature.

This exhibition explores the relationship between Nottingham High School and its community, illustrated through the lives of the people who belong to it. Drawing on material from the school’s own archives and from collections at the University of Nottingham, the display shows how the early efforts to organise education in a small market town helped lay the foundations for a great city driven by learning.

The story touches on the lace industry, international sport, military service, public service and migration. It demonstrates the intelligence and commitment of the men and women who dedicated
their lives to the education of local boys, and whose influence spanned lifetimes. It encompasses the climate of change that blew a Nottingham miner’s son through education to become the most controversial British writer of the twentieth century and a watch-maker’s son to become Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The exhibition has been curated by Nottingham High School working in collaboration with Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

Lunchtime Talks
A series of talks will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book in advance with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777

9 November, 1 - 2pm
Senate Chamber, Trent Building
Ken Clarke talks
Please note that this talk is now fully booked. Please contact Box Office on 0115 846 7777 if you wish to be added to the waiting list.
An opportunity to hear Nottingham High School’s best known living old boy, Ken Clarke QC MP , talk about his life as a school boy in Nottingham and, amongst other things, arguably the most successful career in modern British politics.

13 November, 1 - 2pm
Senate Chamber, Trent Building
Balls, Boots and Players
Former Nottingham High School pupil and talented Nottinghamshire sportsman, Mr Tony Palfreman, will share his passion for sport in Nottinghamshire. Tony will take us on a tour from the school playing fields at Valley Road to Nottinghamshire FC and end up at Trent Bridge where he is now Chairman of the Nottinghamshire

Cricket Board.
4 December, 1 - 2pm
Room A09:
Engineering Science Learning Centre Karachi and the wilds of
interior Sindh The BBC ’s Pakistan Correspondent and Old Nottinghamian, Aleem Maqbool, will introduce us to his world; the life and work of a journalist in an area which is home to some of the earliest human settlements and where two of the world’s major religions meet.

April 2015


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