The story so far

There have been plans to improve Nottingham Castle for the last 30 years. However, with the creation of a project team in 2012, Nottingham City Council made a commitment to completely transform this important site.

With support confirmed from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016 we were able to put our plans into action and set about achieving our aim of creating an outstanding visitor destination.

The past few years have been a wonderful journey from initial concept to what we believe is the blue print for a spectacular end product. Weaving our way through archaeology, listed buildings, ancient monuments, world-class collections, historical narratives and Hollywood legends (Robin Hood!) has been a challenging and incredibly rewarding process.

Stay with us until 2020 as we share progress on the construction phase of the project and keep you up to date with all the exciting opportunities our Activity Plan has to offer.

Stage 1 HLF bid successful

May 2014

Project development

Sept 2014 - June 2016

Stage 2 HLF bid submission & decision

June - Oct 2016

Development of architectural and interpretation designs to RIBA Stage 4

Oct 2016 - 2018

Work on site

2018 - 2020

Transformation works completed


Meet the project team

Richard Hamblin

Project Director

Richard is Project Director for the Nottingham Castle Project. He joined the team in 2015 to help oversee the transition from development to reality. This role also dovetailed with his experience gained at Nottingham Contemporary where he was Operations and Finance Director for 5 years covering the Project Development phase as well as the first few years post opening.

Prior to joining the Castle team Richard had undertaken a number of project and financial management roles within the East Midlands. He trained to be a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse Nottingham in the late 1980’s and has since accumulated over thirty years of professional and practical experience that has focused on advising employers and clients on a spectrum of business issues.

Having started his career at Price Waterhouse he has subsequently worked for East Midlands Electricity, Powergen, Pendragon PLC, Nottingham Contemporary and Confetti Media Group before joining Nottingham City Council. This has provided experience of a number of different organisational structures and cultures covering utility, retail, charity, education and the public sector.

Cal Warren

Programme Manager

Cal has been part of the Castle project team since August 2013, initially developing the successful bid submissions to Heritage Lottery Fund. Cal’s current key responsibilities are for interpretation development and archaeology, along with activity planning and consultation. She has over twenty-five years’ experience working in audience development and engagement within a regeneration and heritage environment and is a trained project manager. Cal’s previous roles include Heritage Lottery Programme Manager for a Landscape Partnership based at Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre (2011 -2013), and Regional Audience Development Officer for the East Midlands as part of MLA’s Renaissance Programme (2009-2011)

Faye Sadler

Project Officer

Faye manages the activity plan for the project, as well as leading on communications and project monitoring. Her background is in museums, having worked in collections and audience development roles in the past. Her previous role was as co-ordinator for the Arts Council England programme at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

Jade Everatt

Project Assistant

Jade supports all project activity, assisting with events management, activity plan projects and office administration. Specialising in social media and communications, Jade also runs our social media accounts and writes regular articles for our newsletter.

Working closely with exhibition designers Casson Mann and supported by their teams from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, our Content Leads have been responsible for developing content for the new galleries.

Ann Inscker

Content Lead for Explore

Curator of Archaeology and Industry, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Adrian Davies

Content Lead for Robin Hood and Rebellion

Team Leader Design and Display, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Dr Richard Gaunt

Content Lead for Rebellion

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nottingham

Deborah Dean

Content Lead for The Power of Art and Making

Visual Arts Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

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