By Thomas Hewitt
A group of students at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus were given a rare opportunity to tour around the area’s historical monuments in a vintage double decker bus.
Last month, a London Routemaster bus, dubbed as the Robin Hood Express, arrived at the campus to gather history degree-level students for a trip around Nottinghamshire’s historical sites.
The students were given a tour of the regions historic spots to learn more about the local heritage of the region, including Rufford Abbey, King John’s Palace, Newstead Abbey, and Sherwood Forest.
The tour was led by local archaeologist Andy Gaunt from Mercian Archaeological Services, a community interest company who undertake projects and research in the East Midlands region.
Also delivering information and insights was local historian Peter Hammond, who gave the students an external tour of Newstead Abbey and shared his knowledge about the history of each site they visited.
Final year student and social secretary for NTSU’s History Society, Edward Hammond, said: “All of us had a wonderfully exciting experience in being given the chance to visit and learn about sites of immense historical heritage in the Nottinghamshire countryside.
“We walked a lot, learned a lot and the opportunity to ride on board a vintage London bus certainly put a smile on people’s faces.”