Nottingham University Museum first opened in 1933 when Felix Oswald donated finds from his excavations at Margidunum, a Roman settlement in Nottinghamshire, and his internationally important typology of Roman Samian pottery. Today the Museum holds mainly regional archaeological collections from the Palaeolithic to about 200 years ago along with small collections from Italy, Cyprus and Egypt. The Museum reopened in 2008 after many years of closure and since 2011 is located within Nottingham Lakeside Arts which also includes the Djanogly Art Gallery, theatre, performance arts and music programming. The Museum supports access to collections for wide and extended audiences throughout the university and community along with regional, national and international partnerships. This includes exhibitions; Learning and Public Programmes; collections care; training for regional colleagues and volunteers; and as a platform for regional excavations and research by universities, archaeologists, museums and community groups.
The Museum has been involved with the ITP for 5 years. We collaborate with The Collection – Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire in welcoming Fellows for their regional visit. We provide a Programme that includes visiting other Nottingham City venues for tours as well as internal meetings that are relevant to participants. It is always a fantastic experience to participate in the ITP Programme. Getting to spend time with the Fellows and hear about their work is always thought provoking, inspiring, a great exchange of knowledge and learning, and really good fun!