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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Crick Crack Club Talk Review

In his personally engaging and enigmatic style, respected historian, Professor Ronald Hutton from Bristol University recently captivated the audience at the Crick Crack Club's April meeting in London with a fascinating look at the fact and fiction behind the archetypical figure of the outlaw hero, Robin Hood.

Explaining that he had decided to approach his talk on the assumption that Robin had actually been a real person, he proceeded to peel away the myths of popular culture and Hollywood scriptwriters and look closely at the various historical texts that placed likely "contenders" in a relevant time frame and a plausible location.

Along the way, his "legend-stripping" technique saw many aspects of the traditional Robin Hood tales become systematically dismissed as mythical fiction and the audience gasped as Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, King Richard the Lionheart, the Sheriff of Nottingham and even Sherwood Forest, all fell by the wayside as he concluded that, in his opinion, based on the research carried out for his various books, Robert Hood of Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire was a strong possible source on which the exploits of England's famous hero could be founded. However, he also admitted that along with the many other "usual suspects" claiming to be the original Robin Hood historical figure, it was highly unlikely that any such claims might ever be verified beyond doubt!

After a short break and refreshments, the audience divided into small groups to discuss and consider some specific questions including: - Do we need our legendary figures to be real? : How does Robin Hood's role as a national hero relate to the national psyche? : and: Is the medieval Robin too radical for modern tastes?

Although the limited time available left little opportunity to consider in depth the questions posed, the diversity of each group's response touched on issues of social justice; fiction triumphing over fact and the public desire for "people's champions" etc. all of which reflected just how wide-ranging the influence of the Robin Hood "brand" had become in the 21st Century.

All-in-all, the informative and entertaining evening once again aptly demonstrated the status of the Crick Crack Club as England's premier promoter and programmer of performance storytelling.

Bob White, Chairman, World Wide Robin Hood Society. - 11th April 2015.