The day we took over Westminster
A city of legends, of iconic brands, of world-changing inventions – a city of ambition. Nottingham has always been a place for innovative pioneers and imaginative thinkers – and that’s no different today. On 25 October representatives from across Nottingham – from artists to academics, politicians to Paralympians, chefs to CEOs – took over Parliament to show MPs, business leaders and influential figures what our city has to offer and raise Nottingham’s profile in the corridors of power. Dubbed “the business version of Glastonbury”, the event was led by the University and is the first time a city has hosted a promotional event of such a grand scale in Westminster.
More than 2,500 guests attended 45 events across Parliament celebrating all that’s great about Nottingham – from debates about the city’s role as the driver of the Midlands Engine and discussions on the future of energy, to a live chemistry experiment in the Old Palace Yard, sports on Speaker’s Green (featuring archery with Robin Hood, naturally), and a special edition of University Challenge with MPs taking on our own professors. A resounding success, the legacy of this pioneering day will help build a bright future for Nottingham.
Take a look at the highlights of Nottingham in Parliament and see what happened on the day…
The day started with a hearty breakfast on the way to London, courtesy of Michelin-starred Nottingham chef Sat Bains.
Old enemies united for the day as Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham headed to London together.
MP Jo Johnson - Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation - joins Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff for a live chemistry experiment outside Westminster.
MP Lilian Greenwood is presented with a 3D-printed model by students from the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology.
MP Alex Salmond takes on our sports stars at table tennis.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway tests his archery skills as he takes on Robin Hood.
Nottingham’s academics prepare to take on the MPs for a special edition of University Challenge…
…and the MPs are more than ready to take on the contest!
Discover more about what happened on the day on the Nottingham in Parliament Day website.