Manuscripts and Special Collections

Focus on Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest

Nottingham and Sherwood Forest are famous throughout the world as the place of Robin Hood's daring exploits.

The origins of his legend owe more to folklore and literature than historical record, and other northern forests also lay claim to be his home. Versions of the Robin Hood story are found in collections of traditional ballad literature, in popular chap books and in stories for children.

This exhibition was created in August 2008, and features examples from the tales of Robin Hood in the collections held by Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. It also highlights resources for the study of the historical Sherwood Forest and its laws.

Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest exhibition

The exhibition opens in a new window on another part of The University of Nottingham's website.

Cover of 'The Story of Robin Hood' by William Heaton

Tips on using the interface

The exhibition uses the Xerte toolkit developed by the Learning Team at The University of Nottingham. 

The navigation options at the top right corner allow you to move forward and back, or to open a table of contents for quick access to a particular page. 

Look out for the image toolbar at the top left corner of some images. This allows you to zoom in to see the image in more detail. Once zoomed, use the pointer tool to drag the image around. You can also choose to see a full-screen version of the image.

Further information

Search the catalogues for the archive material and printed books used in this exhibition. 

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