Special Collections

Family Fun Day

All welcome 

Try your hand at a range of activities inspired by the Francis Willughby exhibition. Have a go at creating your own bird or bug mobile, design your own insect, try to solve our fiendishly difficult 'muddle puzzles' or learn more about Nottinghamshire's famous naturalist with a guided tour of the Francis Willughby exhibition.

Activities will run throughout the day. 

12 noon. Guided tour of the Francis Willughby exhibition
with the curator Dr Dorothy Johnston. Learn more about who Francis Willughby was, his link to Wollaton Hall, and how the exhibition was put together.

The tour will last approximately 30 minutes. 

Spaces are limited. Please book with Manuscripts and Special Collections on 0115 951 4565 or mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk

  • Art and craft activities. Create a bird or bug mobile, use foam-printing to design your own insect, try your hand at badge-making and much more.
  • Quiz. Explore the Francis Willughby exhibition and solve the clues as you go along.
  • Meet a Golden Eagle
  • Dress as Francis Willughby and become a Natural Historian
  • Join our Park Ranger for guided rambles at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm