Slides, lecture notes and research papers of Philip Lyth, local and agricultural historian; 1939-1994

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

Numerous colour slides of agricultural and archaeological sites, used by Lyth in his research and for his classes and lectures. The slides mainly relate to the Southwell area of Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands in general, but also relate to other places in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The majority of the slides were taken by Philip Lyth in the 1970s and 1980s. (MS 823/1);

Notes for lectures given by Philip Lyth on various aspects of agricultural and landscape history, predominantly to University/WEA groups between 1971 and 1990 (MS 823/2);

Drafts of articles and books written by Philip Lyth on various aspects of agricultural and landscape history, 1943-1991 (MS 823/3);

Research material collected by Philip Lyth on various aspects of agricultural and landscape history, 1951-1994 (MS 823/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

Philip Lyth began his career as a student and teacher at Swedish Folk High Schools ('Ungdomskolor' - residential colleges for rural and industrial workers), and spent three years working on farms in Sweden. Between 1942 and 1945 he was the first full-time organiser of Young Farmers' Clubs in county Durham. He also worked at the School of Agriculture at Houghall, county Durham, in the 1940s. By 1948 he was working at the Derbyshire Farm Institute at Broomfield Hall, Morley.

He was Principal of the Nottinghamshire College of Agriculture at Brackenhurst near Southwell for 25 years, and established a farm museum there. His book 'Farm Crafts Today' was published in 1962. In his retirement he wrote, lectured and broadcast on various aspects of agricultural heritage, landscape history and nature conservation. He was a Council member of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, founder and President of the Nottinghamshire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), and in 1984 was President of the Nottinghamshire Local History Association. For many years he ran courses for the University of Nottingham Adult Education Department/Workers' Educational Association (WEA) relating to the agricultural and landscape history of Nottinghamshire.

The Southwell WEA Local History Group, under Lyth's leadership and editorship, wrote the book 'Farms and Fields of Southwell' (1984, revised 1991). Lyth's own publications included 'The Southwell charter of 956 A.D.: an exploration of its boundaries' (1984), 'Georgian Southwell: as seen in the journals of the George Hodkinsons, Attorneys at Law, 1770-81', with R.E. Hardstaff (1986?), 'A History of Nottinghamshire Farming' (1989), and 'The Saxon charter boundary of 956 A.D. and the mediaeval deer parks of the Archbishops of York at Southwell' (1989).

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into series according to the format and subject of the material.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 150 pp.

Online:

Catalogue available from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired in June 2008.

Bibliography

Some of the slides appear in Philip Lyth's books 'Farms and Fields of Southwell' (1984, revised 1991), 'The Southwell charter of 956 A.D. : an exploration of its boundaries' (1984), 'A History of Nottinghamshire Farming' (1989), and 'The Saxon charter boundary of 956 A.D. and the mediaeval deer parks of the Archbishops of York at Southwell' (1989).