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Listen again to the various talks and tours, and view some of the items displayed in the exhibition..

Lunchtime Talks

Ancient Woodlands

Woodland history is an important tool in nature conservation. The leading forest ecologist and historian Dr George Peterken discusses how historical maps and records were used to construct the Ancient Woodland Inventory, which identifies and records information about woods that are believed to have been in existence since at least 1600. 

Recorded on 31 January 2019.

The Changing Nature of Sherwood Forest

How has Sherwood Forest been represented and understood over the last 400 years? Professor Charles Watkins of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham, and curator of the Sylva exhibition, examines the diverse ways that artists, poets, novelists and naturalists have valued the forest.

Recorded on 21 March 2019. 



The Sherwood Forest Trust – Past, Present and Future

The world’s most famous heritage forest, legendary stomping ground of Robin Hood, a magnet for tourists since Victorian times – Sherwood Forest is special. The Sherwood Forest Trust exists to champion the conservation, preservation and celebration of this ancient forest. Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Trust talks about how the Trust was formed, the range of works that have been done in the past, where they are at the moment and plans for the future. 

Recorded 21 February 2019





Exhibition Highlights

Curators and staff involved the exhibition discuss some of their favourite items from it.

Pannage in Billhagh and Birkland


Postcards of the Major Oak




First edition of Ivanhoe

Robin Hood Toby Jug



Map of Nottinghamshire, 19th century

Robin Hood children's books


Forest Law




Image Gallery

A handful of some of the original items that were on display in the exhibition gallery.

Manuscripts and Special Collections

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