A Collection of Meteorological Records for Nottinghamshire, 1841-2011

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into eight distinct groups, each of which represents the records for a different source of meteorological observations of a broadly similar nature. They contain documents recording temperature, pressure, rainfall and sunshine in Nottinghamshire between 1841 and 2011.

See individual sub-fonds records for more details about each collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

This is an artificial collection group, which brings together a number of small collections concerning meteorological recordings in Nottinghamshire.

The records of Colonel Henry Mellish (1856-1927) were taken at Hodsock Hall, Nottinghamshire, where a station was maintained from 1875 through to 1925-26. Colonel Mellish made daily observations on the weather at Hodsock, which he published annually (Met/Me). He was President of the Royal Meteorological Society 1909-1910.

The records of Mr A.B. Tinn of Woodthorpe, Nottingham concern the station which he opened at Burford Road, Nottingham in 1916, where records were maintained until 1935 when the station was transferred to Calstock Road, Woodthorpe, and continued until 1961 (Met/Tn). For many years Mr Tinn was a regular contributor on weather matters to the Nottingham Guardian, and wrote a number of articles for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

The sunshine records of Thomas L.K. Edge were made at Strelley Hall, Nottinghamshire between 1921 and 1932 (Met/Ed).

The largest group of records are those of the weather station maintained by Nottingham University Geography Department, predominantly between 1962 and 1981 (Met/Ug).

Smaller records include two photographs of the observatory of J.H. Lowe at Beeston, Nottinghamshire (Met/Lo), and a meteorological diary kept at Clifton, Nottingham, between 1964-1965 (Met/Do).

The collection also contains a group of records kept by Mr Barry Elliott, mostly from the 1930s and 1940s. These have not yet been fully catalogued (Met/Be). Meteorological Records of H. Vernon Radcliffe, M.B.E., 1960s-2011, have also been acquired but not yet catalogued (Met/Ve).


Material is divided according to provenance and then arranged by form (e.g. sunshine record, rainfall charts) and listed chronologically.

Access Information

The bulk of the collection is accessible to all readers. However, access to uncatalogued parts of the collection is restricted and is only possible with advance notice and agreement. Please contact us for further advice.

Other Finding Aids

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

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

Typescript Catalogue, 16 pp

At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew:

Typescript Catalogue 16 pp

Online: Catalogue available from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. The catalogue has been upgraded and added to since the typescript catalogues were printed, and readers are advised to use the online version.

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 advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk).

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The records have come to the University library from various sources over the years. Some accruals have been made since the main Collection was catalogued.

Related Material

Mellish Collection (Me)

Mellish Meteorological Collection of printed books and reports (MMC)

Geographical Names