Manuscripts and Special Collections

Weston Gallery Exhibition


'To Slowly Trace The Forest's Shady Scene'

Dates: 14 December 2018 - 7 April 2019

Admission free

Foresters and felons, poets and poachers, discover the unusual tales of Nottinghamshire’s woodlands and the people who have worked, lived and been inspired by them.

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Location and Opening Times

Weston Gallery 
DH Lawrence Pavilion 
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park 

Box Office : 0115 846 7777  

Opening times:

Tuesday to Friday 11am - 4pm

Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 4pm

Closed Mondays 

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A series of talks and events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 8467777. See the exhibition page at Lakeside Arts Centre for further details.

Guided walk: Trees, Woodlands & Forests

Thursday 21 February & Thursday 21 March

2pm, Highfields Park. Meet outside Box Office. 

Free, booking recommended. 

Suitable for ages 16+

In this walk led by Steve Clarke, Highfields Park Ranger, you can explore the rich history and the wonder of the variety of trees in Highfields Park which were originally envisioned by Jesse Boot. 

Lunchtime talks  

Djanogly Theatre

All talks are 1 - 2 pm and are free to attend

Ancient Woodlands

Thursday 31 January

Woodland history is an important tool in nature conservation. The leading forest ecologist and historian Dr George Peterken will discuss 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. He shows how history facilitates woodland management decisions and generates public interest and support for woods and forests.

The Sherwood Forest Trust – Past, Present and Future

Thursday 21 February

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 will talk 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.

The Changing Nature of Sherwood Forest

Thursday 21 March

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

Gallery Tour

Thursday 31 January, 2.30 - 3.30pm

Weston Gallery

Free, advanced booking required.

Join the exhibition curator for a guided walk through of the exhibition and learn about the stories behind the items on display. 


Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
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Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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