Nottinghamshire’s People

Weston Gallery Opening Hours Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm Sat/Sun 12noon - 4pm Tracing our ancestors has proved a fascinating challenge for generations. Some researchers have sought evidence to establish a claim to a title, but increasing numbers pursue family history as a hobby, and want to know more about the lives and times of their forebears. Whether they were humble agricultural labourers, local dignitaries or incorrigible criminals, they all have a story to tell. This exhibition celebrates the lives of Nottinghamshire’s people and communities. It tells about very different experiences. George Africanus was a former slave who came to Nottingham and became its first black entrepreneur. Robert Weatherall, by contrast, was a local boy from an agricultural family who went on to study at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Family historians today can draw on rich internet resources, but 'Nottinghamshire’s People' showcases the original documents that provide the evidence for ancestral research. Through church records, private papers, maps, wills and many other sources, it uncovers a rich world that lies beyond the indexes of census and birth, marriage and death records. Visitors can see the historic Guild Roll of St Mary, Nottingham, dated 1371, on view for the first time since its purchase in 2006. The roll identifies the men and women who joined the guild that provided help in times of sickness and unemployment. Lunchtime Talks - click titles for more information: