May Fest was a great time to discover new things: visitors were able to learn about archaeology, wield Viking weapons and experience the lives of the ancient Romans. Our Philosophers were there to debate the big issues of life, and members of the community were invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour of our student-run theatre.
Visitors were encouraged to come and have a go at making their own skull for display in our museum, using the skulls in our Zoology collection for inspiration.
There was the chance to experience what it’s like to be part of an experiment in economic decision-making and find out what your choices say about your personality. Sweet-toothed visitors were happy to find that there was chocolate involved…
Visitors were welcome to join us on a journey through the history of ‘welfare’ – from the horrors of the stocks and the House of Correction to the post-war welfare state, through films, talks and interactive activities.
There was the chance to try your luck at the roulette table (no real money involved!) and learn aspects of the strategy for the board game Othello. There were also fascinating mathematical exhibits, games and puzzles for visitors to try whilst chatting to staff and students.
Budding entrepreneurs were able to learn all about business in our interactive games room. There was the opportunity to enter our ‘design a logo’ competition to win a fantastic family board game.
Nottingham’s historic links to the ancient Greeks and Romans were explained in an interactive lecture, including the Worksop relief from the famous Pergamon Altar, and the collection from the Sanctuary of Diana in the Nottingham Castle Museum and Galleries.
At May Fest there was the chance to have a go at some real archaeology –visitors were able to find out about excavation and what we can learn about our ancestors from the things they left behind.
There was the chance to test your knowledge of the music, film and television, novels, historical events, famous faces and buildings of America in our interactive game. We were on hand to answer your questions and help put America in perspective.
What are human rights? Why are they important? The Human Rights Law Centre were at May Fest to answer these questions and explain how they are helping to promote human rights across the globe.
The Nottingham Confucius Institute hosted an introduction to Chinese culture, including calligraphy, origami, and Tai Chi demonstrations. There was also the opportunity to win prizes!
Visitors could channel their inner linguist at May Fest, with fun, half-hour foreign language taster sessions, including French, Spanish, Italian and Greek.
The times of the ancient Romans were relived at May Fest, with hairdressing, reading the future, and storytelling. Visitors could also pay a visit to the Digital Humanities Centre for a spot of digital time travel.
Our manuscripts and special collections centre holds over 3 million manuscripts – visitors were able to learn about the ‘life’ of a new acquisition, from conservation to exhibition, and have a go at using a quill.
Nottingham’s philosophers were on hand to discuss life’s big moral questions and tax your logic with puzzles.
The School of the English was at May Fest with a range of language, literature and performance activities.
What was it like working in Boots’ famous D10 factory in the 1940s and 1950s? Visitors were invited to learn about the project and create their own mini oral history.
At May Fest there was the chance to visit the University’s Museum of Archaeology and get actively involved in finding out about everyday life in the past through a number of drop-in activities.
May Fest’s prediction machine is an interactive artwork based on old fortune-telling machines, using live and projected data from a weather station on the University’s Jubilee Campus. Visitors could power the machine by hand to receive personalised climate predictions for 30 years’ time.
Visitors could go backstage with members of the Nottingham New Theatre as they prepared for a performance and discover what it’s like to work in the only student-run theatre in England.
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