Archives for the month of: February, 2016

Thursday 10th March – 7:30pm

THE NOVELIST, THE HEIRESS, THE ARTISAN AND THE BANKER: THE EMERGENCE OF THE ROBIN HOOD LEGEND AT EDWINSTOWE, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, c.1819 TO 1849

The village of Edwinstowe in Sherwood Forest, and the ancient forest immediately to the north of it, is the most important centre for the Robin Hood legend in Nottinghamshire, rivalled only by the city of Nottingham itself. It boasts a visitor centre themed mainly on the legend, which is about to be given a major make-over, and tourist commerce which is also important to the village economy, especially after the closure of the last remaining coal mine in 2015. Recent research has confirmed what was already strongly suspected, that the connection of the village with the legend goes back for less than two centuries, while at the same time it is now virtually certain that the legend of the outlaw is at least 800 years old.

Author and researcher David Crook will attempt to show, from a variety of mostly printed sources, an outline of the process by which the legend and the village became intertwined during the third and fourth decades of the nineteenth century.

Preceded by the AGM of the Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle.
Admission Free. All welcome.

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Thursday 11th February 2016 – 7:30pm

Private Ernest Munday of Langham : from Tragedy to Teaching.
Dr Jim Beach from the University of Northampton presents an illustrated lecture on the life of Private Ernest Munday.
All are welcome and admission is free.