The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Black Sheriff of Nottingham
He jokes that he's joined the 'chain gang' but there is more than ceremonial robes for Tony Robinson as Nottingham's first black Sheriff.
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The role of Sheriff of Nottingham was originally an enforcer of the law and dates back to Anglo Saxon times. Since the formation of a police force it has become a ceremonial job with a nod to the tourist trade. However, in 1989 a minor landmark was reached for the historical role when Tony Robinson was named as the first black recipient of the title. A former Nottingham bus driver Robinson was getting used to life in a chauffeur driven car after twenty five years on the buses.
Tony Robinson was also the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1993 and 1997. He died in 2002.