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Civil rights on film: Eyes on the Prize

Cinema is central to our understanding of civil rights movement history. Join filmmakers and historians at the British Academy on 24, 25 and 26 May to discuss the relationship between history, activism and documentary filmmaking. The Civil Rights Movement exists in “grainy black-and-white” (Obama, 1995) When Barack Obama published Dreams From My Father in 1995, …

Blogging Shakespeare at Nottingham

By Peter Kirwan     April 1st 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of The Bardathon, my personal review blog of Shakespeare. I set the blog up in 2006 to chronicle my (successful) attempt to attend all fifty-four productions in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2006-07 ‘Complete Works Festival’. During that year I developed …

A Nottingham Night’s Dream

Peter Kirwan previews an exciting collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nottingham’s very own Lovelace Theatre.   The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an unusual and very special event. The production (which had its press night in Stratford this month) features a star case of professional actors as the …

Reading Hamlet in a Labour Camp

By Alessia Molteni     Who doesn’t know Shakespeare in Europe? For many people he is only a vague memory from high school, for others a great artist and for a fanatic bunch of people, the brightest star in the firmament. Could someone with a non-european cultural background, from a different social and political environment, …

Emotive Objects at Nottingham Castle: Part 4

Richard Gaunt’s busy few months at Nottingham Castle working as ‘Curator of Rebellion’ has come to an end. He has continued to help shape the historical content informing the new galleries by researching some of the emotive objects which it is hoped will prove particularly appealing to visitors. This is the final instalment in a …

Emotive Objects at Nottingham Castle: Part 3

By Richard Gaunt Richard Gaunt has had a busy few months at Nottingham Castle working as ‘Curator of Rebellion’. He has continued to help shape the historical content informing the new galleries by researching some of the emotive objects which it is hoped will prove particularly appealing to visitors. This is the third instalment in …

Shakespeare Documented

Dr Peter Kirwan of the School of English introduces his work on the largest free online Shakespeare exhibition ever curated. In January, the Folger Shakespeare library released Shakespeare Documented, the largest collection of Shakespeare documents ever assembled. Working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the British Library, the National Archives and the Bodleian Libraries, this exhibition …