Robin Hood Rides Again!

2018 will see another film about Sherwood’s most famous son – Robin Hood. The merry outlaw has already inspired over 90 films and TV series round the world.

September 21st 2018 is expected to be the release date for “Robin Hood Origins” – an adventure movie starring Welsh actor Taron Egerton (ex “Kingsman”) as Robin, and Irish beauty Eve Hewson as Maid Marian.

Nottinghamshire film lovers are (forgive the pun) all a-quiver to find out how this latest offering compares to classics such as Kevin Costner’s 1991 classic “Prince of Thieves.”

No filming took place in real Sherwood Forest – understandable given that the forest’s historic heart is today a National Nature Reserve with special protection because of its special and fragile ecology.

Old town Dubrovnik stood in for Ye Olde city of Nottingham, and the rest of the filming took place in France and Budapest.

Meanwhile it’s rumoured that at least three more Hood inspired movies are in production – one by Disney and another by Warner Brothers, plus “Marian” – in which a widowed Maid Marian has to take over the reins after the hero’s demise.

One thing’s for sure – the popularity of Sherwood Forest’s most legendary inhabitant shows no sign of waning!

Community Archaeology Days

Community Archaeology Days at King John’s Palace

We are extremely proud to announce that Mercian Archaeology are running a FREE Community Archaeology excavation in July as part of the ‘Discover King John’s Palace’ project sponsored by the Big Lottery, and the Magna Carta 800th fund. The project is also timed to run alongside the Festival of British Archaeology.

The excavation will run in July 2015, from Tuesday 7th- Saturday 11th, and Tuesday 14th- Saturday 18th.

There will also be public open days on Saturday 11th and 18th at the site alongside the excavation (more information to follow).

At this stage we are going to limit people to one day per week, but this may change nearer the time.

The project is being run in conjunction with The Sherwood Forest Trust, Mickie Bradley, and Robin Hood aka Ezekial Bone, and is going ahead thanks to winning the public Peoples Millions Phone Vote on ITV last year- thank you again to everyone who voted!

The excavation is just a small part of what is taking place throughout the project- which is designed to engage local people and school children, as well as increase understanding of the site, as part of celebrations around the 800th anniversary of the signing of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

Please contact Mercian Archaeology by email to secure your place…

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