We hope to share with you the extraordinary history of the Nottingham Caribbean Carnival, from its earliest recorded memories, from 1958 to 2002. The valuable support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has enabled the community to:

  • Work collaboratively with volunteers to research, identify, collate, catalogue, conserve and archive Nottingham Carnival material and resources to tell the full story of the carnival’s origins, development and history and its links with community development in the City of Nottingham
  • Learn from oral histories and evidence collated through the creation and experience of a physical exhibition on display in a variety of community venues
  • Engage with learning digitally, through the creation and access of an online Nottingham Carnival Archive
  • Involve individuals and community organisations through carnival heritage workshops, skill-specific training and participation in the project decision-making processes
  • Encourage volunteers to share and engage in cultural heritage with young people in schools and through workshops, using film and media techniques to create a short film about Carnival Heritage.

The Nottingham Carnival’s more recent history, dating from 2003 to the present day, adds to the current knowledge and experience of the Nottingham Carnival. Enjoy!

Learn More

Benefits for young people and the wider community

One of the benefit of the Nottingham Carnival Heritage Archive Project is for children and young people to learn about the history of Nottingham Carnival, the cultural ingredients that made the event possible in the early years, the story of Nottingham Carnival pioneers and how they came to set up the carnival, the relationship to wider issues in Nottingham and how carnival has played a role in ensuring greater community cohesion.


Tuntum Housing Association is a Nottingham based social housing provider providing housing and support services for people on low incomes. The name ‘Tuntum’ comes from the West African Ashanti language. Although not a literal translation, the word symbolises people working together.


Tuntum is governed by a Board of twelve individuals, including a tenant member, who have a wide range of skills and experience. Board members attend regular training to broaden their knowledge and ensure they stay up to date with current regulations, legislation and issues affecting our tenants and residents. They attend, on average, ten meetings per year.