Mapping Performance Culture Project

The ‘Mapping Performance Culture: Nottingham 1857-1867’ project investigates the performance and entertainment culture of the regional town of Nottingham in the mid-nineteenth-century. In a collaboration between theatre history and geographical information science, based at the University of Nottingham and supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), a web-based interactive map has been created which will enable you to find out about the kinds of performances and entertainments which were happening in the town, and about the audiences who might have attended those performances.

Working in partnership with local archives, museums and libraries, the site has opened up digital access to a large amount of material on entertainment and social culture, collected from newspapers, diaries, playbills and other sources.The interactive map of Nottingham forms the centrepiece of a website designed to make the data collected through the project accessible to local historians and researchers in a context which stresses the interconnectedness of sites of entertainment, and the performances themselves, within the boundaries of a nineteenth century town.

While the project will continue to develop its coverage of the whole period, at present the years from 1858 to 1863 represent the fullest range of entries and are a good place to start your investigation of performance culture in Nottingham.

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