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Mapping Performance Culture: Nottingham

Between 1857 and 1867, the rapidly growing metropolis of Nottingham, England had a thriving theatre culture. This digital project, led by Dr. Richard Tyler-Jones at the University of Nottingham, allows visitors to explore how the urban growth of Nottingham facilitated the expansion of the theatre scene. Drawing on newspaper reports of theatrical performances, playbills, census records, and other archival materials, this project can be explored in a variety of ways. In the Map section, visitors can explore the location of venues and performances in Nottingham during this decade by date (types of performances marked on this map include Animal Acts, Jubilees, Operas, and Sermons, among others). Meanwhile, in the Census section, visitors can learn more about how Nottingham was changing by viewing a map of census data relating to both population and religion. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this website is the large picture bank featured in the Images section. These pictures include playbills, artistic renditions of notable buildings, and photographs.
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