Document ReferenceNUP/56
TitlePhotographs of rag week celebrations at the University of Nottingham; 1950s
Extent18 photos
AbstractPhotographs taken by a former student of the University of Nottingham of the carnival parade organised by students to raise money for charity in the 1950s.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe University of Nottingham has a long tradition of raising money for charities through its Rag Week events. In addition to the procession of floats, students undertook charity raising activities as varied as bicycle polo and even a pyjama-clad hitch-hike to Dublin. The 'Chickerah', a mascot bird of uncertain origins, had its hay day in Rag weeks of the 1950s. The annual College Rag Week first happened in 1924, and Carnival rapidly became a regular feature of student life. It raised thousands of pounds for local charities and complemented the practical work of the student community action programme. The Rag Week activities later became known as Karnival, a student run organisation and by 2016 was one of the largest in Europe. A number of magazine have been produced over the years relating to these fundraising activities, the earliest of which was called Chickerah (1932-1938, revived 1950-1953).
Custodial HistoryThe photographs were sent in the post to the Alumni Office in May 2021 by an anoymous donor whose parents were studying pharmacy at the University in the 1950s.
DescriptionBlack and white photographs showing carnival floats designed and made by students from various groups and departments, including the engineers, Chem Soc, Rhythm Soc, Pharm Soc. There are also two photographs of student medics pushing a stretcher past the Boots Midlands Chambers building in Nottingham city centre.
MgtSubGroupUniversity related
ArrangementNo arrangement has been necessary.
Termuniversities, Nottingham University, student life at
universities, charitable fund raising, rag week
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
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