Document ReferenceMS 823
TitleSlides, lecture notes and research papers of Philip Lyth, local and agricultural historian; 1939-1994
Date Of Creation1939-1994
Extent6 boxes
AbstractColour slides of agricultural and archaeological sites, mostly taken by Philip Lyth and used by him in his research and also in lectures given by him on aspects of agricultural and landscape history, particularly around the Southwell area of Nottinghamshire. Also lecture notes, draft articles, and research material collected by Lyth.
LevelFonds
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryPhilip 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).
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired in June 2008.
DescriptionThe 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).
MgtGroupGenealogical and local history
Photographs
ArrangementThe collection has been arranged into series according to the format and subject of the material.
LanguageEnglish
TermAgriculture - Great Britain - History
Historic agricultural landscapes - Great Britain
Boundaries - Great Britain
Farm buildings - Great Britain
Nottinghamshire - History
Agricultural machinery - History
FindingAidsCopyright 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.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionGood
Publication NoteSome 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).

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Persons
CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA78492Lyth; Philip (fl 1939-1994); Principal of Brackenhurst Agricultural College, Southwell, Nottinghamshire; local historianfl 1939-1994
NA845University of Nottingham; Department of Adult Education
NA43904Workers' Educational Association
Places
CodePlace name
PL7727/Southwell/Nottinghamshire/England
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