Notes and course work in needlework made by students at University College Nottingham,1911-1938

Scope and Content

One of the volumes is a needlework exercise book compiled by Ruth Sadler (later Bevan) during hertime as a student in the teacher training department at University College. This includes detaileddiagrams of different stitches. A few newscuttings (1936-1938) are inserted. A second volume bearingher name was produced by the Singer Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. Educational Department, and is entitled'Needlework Samples of Machine Sewing'. In addition to the samples, it contains some loose examplesof practical work, apparently by Sadler. A third volume, belonging to Sarah Chamberlain, dates inpart from 1911 (Second Term) and contains notes, explanations, and written course work which hasbeen marked by a tutor.

Administrative / Biographical History

Needlework was a subject of study at University College Nottingham in the early 20th century. Twostudents were responsible for the course work in this collection. Ruth Mary Bevan (born c 1901) wasa student in the teacher training department from 1929 to 1931 under Professor Wortley. She isrecorded as living at Radcliffe on Trent, which was also the home for Sarah Chamberlain, anotherstudent at the college, whose needlework notes are also here preserved. The link between the twostudents is not recorded.


The collection has been arranged by association of the volumes with their different owners.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in 1998.