Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US149
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Phyllis Nicklin
Extent3 boxes
DescriptionSet of 35mm colour slides, mostly Kodachrome transparencies, taken and used by Phyllis Nicklin in the classes she taught as a staff tutor in geography in the Extra-Mural Department at the University of Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s. The slides contain images of Birmingham, including the city centre and the districts and suburbs, with a particular focus on buildings and urban topography. The slides have been arranged in alphabetical order by geographical district, as follows:

Box 1:
Bull Ring and Markets
Birmingham Central
Birmingham University
Balsall Heath
Bartley Green
Castle Bromwich
Castle Vale
Camp Hill

Box 2:
Glebe Farm
Gun Quarter
Jewellery Quarter

Box 3:
Kings Norton
Selly Oak
Shard End
Small Heath
Tame Valley
West Heath

Slides of Kings Norton 'mop fair' 1963 and 1964

Slides of urban and rural areas of the West Midlands, 1950s-1960s. Not yet digitised or catalogued
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsThere is no other finding aid to this collection available at present. For further information please contact the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections
Access StatusOpen
Creator NameNicklin, Phyllis Amelia, 1909-1969, geographer
Administrative HistoryPhyllis Amelia Nicklin was born on 9 May 1909, in Birmingham. She was the first child of Charles Horace, a commercial traveller, and Amelia Jane Nicklin (nee Wright). A second child, Harold Charles, was born in June 1920. Nicklin's father died the same year. Phyllis Nicklin attended George Dixon Grammar School in Edgbaston and studied at the University of Birmingham, where she was awarded a BA in Geography in 1920, and an MA in 1931. In 1934 she published a pioneering article on 'The Early Historical Geography in the Forest of Arden' in the Transactions of the Birmingham Archaeological Society'. In the same year she was appointed Senior Geography Mistress at Sutton High School, and in 1944 was appointed lecturer in Geography at Nottingham University, where she was also Sub-Warden of the Women Students Hostel.
In 1946 she was appointed lecturer in Geography at Dudley Training College, and in 1950 she became Staff Tutor in Geography in the Extra-Mural Department of the University of Birmingham. She also became Honorary Secretary of the Birmingham Branch of the Geographical Association and oversaw the growth of the branch, a Spring Conference in Birmingham in 1965, and the publication of a series of excursion guides to the West Midlands. Phyllis Nicklin died on 18 November 1969.

Source: information provided by posters to Birmingham History Forum thread on Phyllis Nicklin, including Professor Carl Chinn, and extracts from Phyllis Nicklin's obituary in 'Geography' Vol. 55, No.2, April 1970 Accessed 22 July 2016
Custodial HistoryAccording to Paul Charles Nicklin, Phyllis Nicklin's nephew, the slides were donated to the University of Birmingham by Phyllis' brother, Harold, after her death in 1969. It is possible that they were initially kept by the Extra-Mural Department, and then stored at the Orchard Learning Resource Centre. 446 slides were digitised by the West Midlands Museums Libraries and Archives Council Chrysalis project in 2004 and made available on the Universitiy of Birmingham's ePapers Repository, together with 14 slides digitised as a test batch in-house in 2010. A further 617 slides were digitised by BrumPic in partnership with the University of Birmingham in 2014 and 2015 and will be made available via ePapers in 2017, and digitisation work is continuing on an additional c.1,000 slides, also by BrumPic, and these are expected to be uploaded to ePapers in 2018
AcquisitionOriginal slides transferred to the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections in July 2016; further deposit of slides of Kings Norton 'mop fair' transferred July 2017; further deposit of undigitised slides of West Midlands area transferred January 2020
CopiesDigitised copies of 460 slides available at July 2016
There is currently no easy way to cross-reference between the digital images available via ePapers, and the original slides held at the Cadbury Research Library, other than by checking slides by geographical district
Related MaterialThe Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students