The Serpent

  • Reference
      GB 133 UMP/2/4
  • Dates of Creation
      1917-1956
  • Physical Description
      29 items: 12 volumes and 17 single issues

Scope and Content

The Serpent replaced the Manchester University Magazine in February 1917. Its name derived from the snake which appeared in the arms of the University of Manchester. Paper shortages during the latter days of the First World War ensured that the journal appeared less frequently in its early issues, but after 1918, it was issued monthly during the academic session.

During the 1930s, Serpent was particularly noted for its literary journalism. This specialisation coincided with the appearance of News Bulletin in 1932, a Students Union newspaper, which focused on news items and features. Publication of Serpent suffered disruption during the Second World War, and in the postwar period the journal appeared irregularly, with two to three issues appearing each academic session. Its format changed frequently, and the magazine appears to have had difficulty in attracting contributors. The last issue appeared in March 1956.Former reference:UA/51

Arrangement

  • /1 nos. 1-2 February 1917-June 1918
  • /2 nos. 3-4 December 1918-June 1920
  • /3 nos. 5-6 November 1920-June 1922
  • /4 nos. 7-8 November 1922-June 1924
  • /5 nos. 9-10 November 1924-June 1926
  • /6 nos. 11-12 November 1926-June 1928
  • /7 nos. 13-14 November 1928-June 1930
  • /8 nos. 15-16 October 1930-June 1932
  • /9 nos. 17-18 October 1932-June 1934
  • /10 nos. 19-20 November 1934-June 1936
  • /11 nos. 21-22 November 1936-Summer 1938
  • /12 nos. 23-24 Autumn 1938-Summer 1940

/13-29 individual issues for 25.1 December 1940, 25.2 March 1941,N.S. 1.1 December 1947, 1.2 March 1948, 1.3 Summer 1949, 3.1 Spring 1950, April 1951, Michaelmas 1951, October 1952, April 1953, Autumn 1953, Spring 1954, Summer 1954, Autumn 1954, Spring 1955, October 1955, March 1956. The irregular publication of this magazine in its latter years means it is difficult to identify which issues are missing.