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Being Human 2017

Events related to the Collected Words exhibition:

Gallery Tour of the exhibition Collected Words: From the Literary Collections at The University of Nottingham
Monday 20 November, 11am-12noon
Weston gallery

Join one of the curators for a guided tour of Manuscripts and Special Collections’ City of Literature exhibition Collected Words. Hear some of the stories behind the unique archives, manuscripts and rare printed books on display; learn why DH Lawrence’s Pansies had to be smuggled in to the country, discover the writings of Margaret Cavendish of Clumber Park, the world’s first female science-fiction author and find out why she was known as ‘Mad Madge’, and view a masterpiece of medieval poetry.

In 2015 Nottingham became one of only 20 cities around the world to be recognised by UNESCO as a City of Literature – a reflection of the city’s unique literary heritage and creativity. This exhibition of material from the literary archives and collections of printed books held by the University of Nottingham, highlights the work of Nottinghamshire writers and the treasures to be found in the historic collections of local literature lovers. It also looks at the University’s role in shaping the reputation and inspiring the early careers of local poets and authors. Collected Words runs from 8th September to the 3rd December 2017.

To book, go to the Being Human webpage.

Opening up the archives of Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham
Wednesday 22 November, 2pm-3.30pm
King’s Meadow Campus, University of Nottingham

The archives held by Manuscripts and Special Collections contain over 80, 000 rare books and 3 ½ million manuscripts, dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Among the collection strengths are literary archives – the subject of the current Weston Gallery exhibition Collected Words.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Manuscripts and Special Collections and view some of the treasures from the literary collections that didn’t make it in to the exhibition. Explore our collections of papers by and about the famous local author DH Lawrence, a collection that has been designated as being of outstanding national and international significance, discover some of the region’s lesser known writers, and view rare works from our extensive collections of children’s literature.

You will visit the archive store, conservation and digitisation studios and have the opportunity to learn more about the unique material held by Manuscripts and Special Collections and find out how the papers of writers and authors end up in an archive.

To book, go to the Being Human webapge.