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A Sense of Place - Introduction
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A Sense of Place is a landmark BBC project.
Six programmes, produced by Sarah Julian, explore people’s connection with our county and what it is that makes Nottinghamshire so special.
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Our county is home of a world famous hero, the prettiest girls in the country ( so they say) and legendary stone lions!

‘A Sense of Place’ will examine these stories and the spirit behind them. From the biggest council estate in the country, to the story of the Ollerton Colliery Banner, it’s Nottinghamshire’s people who make it special - hear their stories from 28th April.

Sarah Julian, A Sense of Place producer
Sarah Julian, A Sense of Place producer

Sarah Julian, sense of place producer, found capturing the spirit of Nottinghamshire was a real challenge:

"Nottinghamshire is a county with so many different qualities from the bustling vibrant centre of shopping and nightlife, to the gentle hills around Southwell and Newark, up to the close communities and mining heritage in the Mansfield area."

Sarah explains how she chose the topics for the six programmes:

"In trying to record a ‘sense of place’ for our county I looked firstly to the legends and stories about our area.

Not only Robin Hood but also the legends about our beautiful women, and the stone lions in the square. Legends which have shaped outsiders’ views on Nottinghamshire and have seeped into our own folklore within in the county.

Next, I looked to communities, the towns and villages in Nottinghamshire which have a strong ‘sense of place’ - that took me to Ollerton in the north of out county, and the Clifton Estate within the city of Nottingham.

Another famous feature of Nottinghamshire which makes it unique is the Goose Fair. I started to think about the showmen who arrive here every autumn, what ‘sense of place’ is when you’re on the road, and what kind of place is created when the dodgems roll into town.

When I visited the travellers site at Newark, one of the biggest in the country and heard the tales of the people who live there - my set of six programmes was complete!"

Read more about the individual programmes, hear from some of the contributors and tell us what you think.
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