Papers collected by Derek Winterbottom during his research for the book 'Bertrand Hallward, First Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham: A Biography', 1930s-c.2003

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

Letters from Bertrand Hallward to Derek Winterbottom, concerning the writing of 'Clifton after Percival', and the writing of the biography of Bertrand Hallward. 1987-1997 (MS 802/1/1-138);

Five letters and photocopy letters from Derek Winterbottom to Bertrand Hallward. 1989-1994, and one letter from Sir Colin Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, concerning the Hallward biography. 1994 (MS 802/2/1-6);

Four letters between Derek Winterbottom and Sir Colin Campbell, and one letter from Sir Humphrey Cripps [founder of Cripps Hall of Residence] to Derek Winterbottom, concerning the Hallward biography. 1994 (MS 802/3/1-5);

Photocopies and extracts from reviews of the biography 'Bertrand Hallward, First Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham'. c.1995-1996 (MS 802/4/1-5);

Photocopied obituaries of Bertrand Hallward from The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph. 2003 (MS 802/5/1-4);

Order of service of thanksgiving for the life of Bertrand Leslie Hallward. 2003 (MS 802/6);

Word-processed notes by Winterbottom, explaining the contents of the letters sent to him by Hallward, the process of researching the Hallward biography, and a mix-up over the newspaper obituaries of Hallward. n.d. [c.2003] (MS 802/7);

Typescript obituary of Margaret Hallward, by [her son-in-law] Owen Chadwick. 1991 (MS 802/8);

Photographs. Including formal photographs of Bertrand Hallward dating back to the 1930s, photographs of him at University events and with groups of other people, photographs of visits by him to Nottingham University, some probably on the occasion of the re-naming of the Hallward Library in 1989, photographs of the exterior and interior of Hallward Library c.1990s, aerial views of the University Campus c.1990s, and four negatives. Some of the photographs are marked by Derek Winterbottom for publication. 20th century (MS 802/9/1-52).

Administrative / Biographical History

Bertrand Hallward was born in 1901 and educated at King's College, Cambridge, where he read Classics. After teaching briefly at Harrow, he was elected as a Fellow of Peterhouse College, Cambridge in 1923. In 1926 he was appointed as a Classics lecturer for Cambridge University. From 1939 he was headmaster of Clifton College near Bristol, but in 1947 he moved to Nottingham as the first Vice-Chancellor of University College, Nottingham. A royal charter giving full university status to the college was granted in 1948. Hallward remained as Vice-Chancellor until his retirement in 1965, and oversaw a massive growth in building development and the student population of the university. On 19 March 1965, Hallward had the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws of the University of Nottingham conferred upon him. In his retirement, Dr Hallward enjoyed sailing and historical research. The University Library at Nottingham was re-named the Hallward Library in 1989. He died in 2003.

Derek Winterbottom (1944-) was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford and took a B.Phil at York University. He was appointed Head of History at Clifton College in 1980, and also acted as its honorary archivist. He was asked to write a history of the school, which was partially financed by Bertrand Hallward. His book 'Clifton after Percival, A Public School in the Twentieth Century', was published in 1990 after three years of work. Winterbottom left teaching in 1994. Hallward suggested him as the author of his full biography, and paid for him to be resident at Nottingham University for the winter term of 1994 to gather information. The biography, 'Bertrand Hallward, First Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham: A Biography', was published by the University of Nottingham in 1995. Winterbottom has written a number of other historical and biographical books, and is an occasional broadcaster.


The collection has been arranged into series based on form and content. Within series, items are arranged chronologically where possible.

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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 papers were acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham, in November 2006.

Related Material

Personal and genealogical papers relating to Dr Bertrand L. Hallward and his family (MS 519); Valedictory speech of Dr Bertrand L. Hallward, 1965 (MS 341)


Derek Winterbottom, 'Bertrand Hallward : first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, 1948-1965 : a biography' (Nottingham : University of Nottingham, 1995)