The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at Read more...
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Missing a few tricks - 40 years on

Coincidentally, over 40 years ago in September 1973, I had just resigned a secure, executive career in the Civil Service for a risky new role in Nottingham City Council's Publicity and Information Office and it was there that I first became aware of the extensive global interest in the Robin Hood legend!

Central Government had published the Baines Report, which was highly critical of local government's lack of communication with residents and the business community and so, as I began to look into how I might improve the City Council's inter-action with the Nottingham public I was somewhat surprised to find that Robin Hood already had a substantial impact on the daily correspondence and enquiries!

The daily post bag invariably contained requests for information on the City's legendary outlaw and at times even accounted for as much as 40% of the mail! The Council also produced a range of public information leaflets and the title that was by far and away in the most demand was Robin Hood! No surprise then that the first task I was given in my new communications role turned out to be to write a Robin Hood article for the Council's monthly Civic News magazine!

So now, some 4 decades later, I looked up a copy of that article, "So Many Strings To His Bow" and in re-reading its contents I was surprised to recall that, even 40 years ago, there were numerous examples of the global impact the Robin Hood legend had created and how extensively business and commerce had used the "brand" to their advantage.

The source of my research had been 3 filing boxes tucked away on a shelf in the Local Studies section of the Public Library and amongst items mentioned in my article were a programme for the performance of "Once Upon A Time – or A Midsummer Night's Dream in Merrie Sherwood" at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on April 13th 1868: an advertisement from the early 1900's, where Robin was depicted as one of the famous Hoods who hopefully increased sales of "Hood's Sarsaparilla – the most approved alternative tonic and blood-purifying remedy of the vegetable kingdom": a bold illustration of Robin on a polythene bag from the 1950's, used by a local wholesaler to market selected washed potatoes (The versatility of our legendary hero is astounding!): a letter from RKO (Walt Disney) Productions concerning their preliminary visit to Nottingham regarding potential shooting of their Robin Hood movie starring Richard Todd as Robin and Peter Finch as the Sheriff: a 2" high cast figure of Robin Hood manufactured by a Nottingham engineering firm for a trade exhibition: a card announcing the re-decoration of the lounge of the Welbeck Hotel on Milton Street, that showed the various Robin Hood Murals that were to be painted on the walls and a political pamphlet issued in 1952 by the East Midlands Communist Party that left readers in no doubt as to Robin Hood's role as "the People's hero fighting their Class enemy."

Sadly, looking back, it appears that even 40 years ago, the local community were far more capable of exploiting the promotional benefits of Robin Hood than today's so-called "creative" marketers!
Now there's an indictment!!