Exhibition opening Thursday 13 December 2018, 5-7pm Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts. Join us for the opening of Manuscripts and Special Collections’ latest exhibition, Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’. The exhibition will be on view at the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts from Friday 14th December 2018 – Sunday 7th April 2019 Foresters and felons, poets and poachers, discover the unusual tales of Nottinghamshire’s woodlands and the people who have worked, lived and been inspired by them in Manuscripts and Special Collections latest exhibition, Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’. Ancient Woodlands: Thursday 31 January 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts. Woodland history is an important tool in nature conservation. The leading forest ecologist and historian Dr George Peterken will discuss how historical maps and records were used to construct the Ancient Woodland Inventory, which identifies and records information about woods that are believed to have been in existence since at least 1600. He shows how history facilitates woodland management decisions and generates public interest and support for woods and forests. Exhibition tour: Thursday 31 January 2019, 2.30 – 3.30 pm Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts Join the exhibition curator, Professor Charles Watkins, for a guided walk through of the exhibition and learn about the stories behind the items on display. The Sherwood Forest Trust – Past, Present and Future: Thursday 21 February 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts The world’s most famous heritage forest, legendary stomping ground of Robin Hood, a magnet for tourists since Victorian times – Sherwood Forest is special. The Sherwood Forest Trust exists to champion the conservation, preservation and celebration of this ancient forest. Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Trust, will talk about how the Trust was formed, the range of works that have been done in the past, where they are at the moment and plans for the future. The Changing Nature of Sherwood Forest: Thursday 21 March 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts How has Sherwood forest been represented and understood over the last 400 years? Professor Charles Watkins of the University of Nottingham examines the diverse ways that artists, poets, novelists and naturalists have valued the forest.