Museum of Nottingham Life is sited in Brewhouse Yard at the base of Castle Rock, a location that itself reveals much about Nottingham’s social history. The museum depicts the social history of Nottingham over the last 300 years and is housed in five 17th century cottages adjacent to the famous ‘Trip to Jerusalem’ public house and is staffed mainly by the volunteers.
Brewhouse Yard once contained a thriving community of 20 houses, with a population of 127 people at its peak. The surviving buildings house the museum and contain a mixture of reconstructed room and shop settings, and gallery displays including ‘Toys’ and ‘Community Showcase’ which highlights work by local groups or individuals. In the adjacent Rock Cottage is a reconstructed Victorian School room and a new exhibition ‘Growing up in Nottingham’. Also discover a system of man-made caves built into the rock. Once used by the former residents, they now house museum displays including a reconstructed air raid shelter.