Both now and in the past, Nottingham has been a city that has stood up for what it believes in. Ordinary people have found ways to have their voices and their demands for fairness be heard. Even our famous Robin Hood stood up to the tyrannous authority of the Sheriff.

The way that we protest has changed under lockdown – peaceful protests and marches are less easy to do whilst social distancing. So we want to help take it online!

This week as part of our Notts Rebels series with LeftLion, which looks at the 1831 Reform Bill Riots when the protesters set fire to the Castle, we want you to design a protest sign for what you want to see change. Write your slogan or demand on a piece of paper or card, decorate it how you wish and share it with us online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Simple.

This could be support for something happening in the world right now or a demand to not have to do the washing up – the choice is yours. This is an activity for everyone, we’d love the whole family to get involved. You can also share pictures of banners you’ve seen at protests in the past, especially Nottingham linked ones!

When you’ve created your protest placard get someone to share it with us on social media using the hashtags #NottmHeritageHunters #VoicesOfToday #NottsRebels or email them to There will be an extra special prize for our favourite ones and they may feature in some of the work we’re doing in the new Rebellion Gallery at the Castle.


What's it all about

From the caves to the palace to Brewhouse Yard, the Nottingham Castle project will transform the entire site, re-establishing it as a focal point for civic pride and creating a world-class cultural destination at the heart of a regenerated Castle Quarter.

Discover the story of Medieval Nottingham and the city’s famous outlaw or the turbulent moments of riot and rebellion in its past. Explore the visual arts and heritage crafts of our creative city in newly refurbished galleries, including our new terrace gallery for internationally renowned touring work. Investigate the trails around the Castle’s grounds or go on an underground adventure in the caves.

Join us on your Nottingham Castle adventure from February 2021.

This project is supported by:

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