Discovering the history of Nottingham

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The University of Nottingham is hosting its first ever History Festival.

Do you want to walk in the footsteps of the Nottingham rioters? Delve into the history of Nottingham’s green spaces or find out more about your family history?

Now you can, as part of a new three-day festival which is taking place from 5 – 7 April.

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During the festival, there will be a wide range of events taking place, from talks and workshops to guided walks and living history - all completely free of charge.

Visitors will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collection department; hear talks from Dr Nick Barratt of BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ fame; and find out more about the heritage of University Park Campus and Wollaton Hall with expert guides from the University.

There will also be opportunities for history enthusiasts to step back into the past with living history and re-enactment displays; encounter ancient hairstyles and the lives of medieval women; and to find out more about the First World War.

The events will take place across multiple locations including University Park Campus and in the City centre.

The festival organiser Dr Sarah Holland from the University’s School of History said: “The festival aims to bring together students, staff and the wider community through a shared interest in the past. It offers unique opportunities to go behind the scenes, engage with hands on activities and hear original interpretations. The festival seeks to encourage co-production and we are interested to hear your stories and connected histories.”

To stay up to date with the festival visit @uonhistoryfestival on Facebook, @uonhistoryfest on Twitter and @uonottinghamhistoryfest on Instagram.

Or visit the booking page for more details.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…



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More information is available from  Dr Sarah Holland in the School of History at

Charlotte Anscombe – Media Relations Manager (Arts and Social Sciences)

Email:  Phone:+44 (0)115 74 84 417 Location: University Park

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