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Secret Intelligence and Hidden Evidence
***Christmas Opening Hours*** Weston Gallery will be open from 12noon-4pm 23rd December - 31st December. With the following exceptions Xmas Day – Closed Boxing Day – Closed New Years Day – Closed Thu 2nd Jan – Closed Weston Gallery Opening Hours Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm Sat/Sun 12noon - 4pm In a world of 24/7 news bulletins and social media channels, we have become familiar with the daily uncovering of secrets both public and private. This exhibition shows the ways in which the past can also yield up its secrets, and illustrates how evidence about historic events survives through surprising voices and in curious contexts. Records of government officers reveal the activies of early spies, and private correspondence provides frank and confidential views on scandals of the day. Contemporary accounts give partisan viewpoints or use satire to question official versions. In examples ranging from political propaganda to commercial advertising, we can see how information was disseminated or withheld by interested parties. The display draws on the University of Nottingham's historic library collections. Glimpses of Britain's political and military history are seen in secret codes used to identify Jacobite supporters and in private bulletins of news from war zones in the nineteenth century. A personal perspective on political engagement is shown in the twentieth century campaigning activities of local midlands individuals. The theme of hidden value extends to evidence of literary and cultural buried treasure, including in the Mellish Psalter examples of rare texts that survived in the leaves of a church service book.