Free exhibition will showcase the ‘fascinating’ items found in Nottingham’s caves

There are thought to be 800 caves hidden beneath the streets of Nottingham  - and some interesting items have been found within them over the years
A free exhibition showcasing the fascinating finds from Nottingham's caves is coming to town A free exhibition showcasing the fascinating finds from Nottingham's caves is coming to town
A free exhibition showcasing the fascinating finds from Nottingham's caves is coming to town

An exhibition is set to showcase the “fascinating” items found within Nottingham’s cave network. 

Between January 12 and July 7, history-lovers are invited to visit the free exhibition at the University of Nottingham Museum. 

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This exhibition highlights some of the fascinating cave finds, while showing the ways in which the caves have been used over the centuries. 

The caves are thought to date back to the 12th century and have had all kinds of uses over the past 800 years.

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In the 19th century, the caves at Drury Hill had become one of the worst slums in the UK, with thousands of poor families eating, sleeping, and living in cramped conditions. 

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During the Second World War, the caves were used as air raid shelters as residents sought refuge from Luftwaffe bombs. 

Other uses include providing a place for tanning leather, brewing and storing ale. 

Nottingham has the largest cave network in the UK, with as many as 800 caves hidden beneath the city’s streets. 

The exhibition is open Thursday to Sunday, between 12pm and 4pm.