12 February 2021

Sara Blair‑Manning

CEO of Nottingham Castle Trust

Registration from: 1:00pm

Lunch: 12:30pm

For our February lunch we were joined by Sara Blair Manning the Chief Executive Officer for the Nottingham Castle Trust.

Sara talked about the redevelopment of Nottingham Castle has been one of the largest recent heritage projects in the England.

The Nottingham Castle redevelopment project is now nearing completion and will soon ready for opening, whether that be fully or under certain restrictions.

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Sara gave us a great insight to the work that has been carried out and took us on a brief tour of the new castle. We were privileged to see some stunning images of the revamped indoor and outdoor facilities.

The 2 year redevelopment project has transformed this historic and important property with a wide range of new exhibitions, indoor and outdoor space, new reception and cafe facilities. With projected visitor numbers over 400 000 the new castle experience will focus on a number of themes. These themes include connection to the world famous Robin Hood story, the 1000 year castle history and exhibitions showcasing Nottingham’s renowned development of the lace industry.

The Nottingham Castle is also  in discussions with a wide variety of other organisations in the hospitality, tourism and sport sectors as part of Nottingham’s drive to become a major destination for UK holiday breaks.

We would like to thank Sara for this fascinating insight in to this transformational project for the City of Nottingham and we hope to take up her offer or arranging a Nottingham City Business Club members tour!


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Sara Blair‑Manning


Sara is CEO of Nottingham Castle Trust and delighted to be back in the city, as she is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) in Creative Arts.

Working previously for the National Trust as General Manager for South Nottinghamshire and North Lincolnshire, she was responsible for a portfolio of properties which comprised Tattershall Castle, Gunby Estate, Hall & Gardens, Monksthorpe Chapel and The Workhouse at Southwell. Whilst with the National Trust she led a team who significantly increased visitor numbers to the portfolio (allowing the portfolio to become sustainable), improved conservation standards and delivered a new visitor experience project at the Workhouse in Southwell. Prior to this she was CEO of the John Clare Trust and has also led teams in arts and cultural centres across the UK.

She has worked in the heritage and cultural sector for over 25 years and is a Trustee of Museum Development East Midlands and a member of the national Women Leaders in Museums Network.

The Timetable

What to expect at NCBC

Log on to Zoom at 13:00 with informal catch-up.

NCBC Council will welcome everyone to call and update members of the current state of events and welcome the guest speaker.

Guest speaker will take to the 'podium' for their speech. Please post questions into the online chat.

Guest speaker will answer questions posed during the presentation.

Get to know your fellow members with smaller discussion groups and closing remarks from the NCBC Council.


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