25th Feb -
This talk concerns the history and development of Newstead Abbey from the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 to its acquisition by Nottingham City Council in 1931 using the many images of Newstead Abbey which have since been brought together by Nottingham Castle Museums & Galleries. It will outline the house's ownership by the Byron family and its subsequent restoration and remodelling by Colonel Wildman and its final occupation by the Webb family.
25th Mar -
English Mediaeval Castles & Great Houses
In direct contrast with most talks on castles (which tend to focus on high status patrons and their architecture), this talk offers a little-
29th April -
Jesse Boot and the History of Highfields
This talk follows the life and career of Jesse Boot and his connections with, and gift of, Highfields Park which provided the foundation of Nottingham University.
21st May -
Nottingham Museums and Galleries houses the Lace, Costume and Textile Collection at Newstead Abbey – it is not a separate museum as such. This is a Behind the Scenes tour of the collection which will visit several rooms not normally open to the public to see and talk about a selection of items from the collection. Tours last about an hour.
30th June -
A guided tour round the Air Museum and the Exhibition Hall with its displays of artefacts and ephemera relating to the social history of aviation in the area. There will also be an opportunity to go on board the Avro Shackleton.
14th July -
Guided heritage tour around the exterior of some of University Park’s Historic Houses Discover more of the rich history of the properties and their inhabitants. Be prepared for a “Character Encounter” from Nottingham’s past which we hope will enlighten you on how their life has impacted on the people of Nottingham and beyond. Find out how Jesse Boot wanted to improve the lives of people in Nottingham.
23rd Sep -
Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Nottinghamshire’
A look at what food and drink was being consumed by the ordinary folk of Nottinghamshire in the 16th and 17th centuries. How it was cooked; how it was eaten; and how it changed over time.
28th Oct -
Accountancy and Navigation in medieval times
Why do we have the pound? Why do we have the 19th c Houses of Parliament? And where do some of our well-
25th Nov -
The Victorian Pantomime
A (very) Brief History of Pantomime -