23 May 2010

Event: Landscape History of Sherwood Forest and Nottinghamshire, 11 September 2010

"This one day meeting will consider new and exciting research by archaeologists, geographers, historians and other scholars on the landscape history of Sherwood Forest and Nottinghamshire from the Bronze Age to the Twentieth Century. The meeting will be at The Space in the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery in the Lace Market, Nottingham."

Booking form and further details can be downloaded from here:

17 May 2010

British Pathe newsreels - help wanted for Nottinghamshire collection

The archive of over 90,000 British Pathe newsreels has been digitised and made available online. Approximately 75 clips of Nottinghamshire-related material has been identified and grouped together here:
British Pathe are keen to engage with local historians and experts in the county to develop a more accurate description of these clips. The attached letter from Jack Cullen, Media Officer at British Pathe, provides further information on the project:
Jack's contact details are:
Email: notts@britishpathe.com
British Pathé Ltd
The Media Centre
3 – 8 Carburton Street
Tel: 0207 665 8349

16 May 2010

Project to laser map Nottingham's ancient caves

Dr David Walker of Nottingham University is running a two-year project to map the exact shapes of all Nottingham's sandstone caves by using laser technology.

The plan is to produce an online virtual tour of all 450 caves.

The project website is here:

Transactions of the Thoroton Society, vol 113 (2009)

The latest Transactions of the Thoroton Society - the journal for Nottinghamshire history and archaeology is now available. Contents include:
  • A Late Third-century Coin-hoard from Little Morton, Babworth, Nottinghamshire by Malcolm J. Dolby, Jen Eccles, Daryl Garton, Ruth S. Leary and Gwladys Monteil
  • Excavations outside Church Hole, Creswell Crags: The First Three Seasons (2006-8) by Paul B. Pettitt, Roger M. Jacobi, Andrew T. Chamberlain, Alistair W.G. Pike, Danielle Schreve, Ian Wall, Robert Dinnis and Rebecca Wragg Sykes
  • The Nottinghamshire History Lecture 2009. Stevenson Revisited: A Fresh Look at Nottingham's Borough Records, 1400-1600 by Judith Mills
  • Timothy Pusey of Selston Hall, Nottinghamshire (c. 1560-1647) by Clive Leivers
  • Landlord and Tenants: The Impact of the Civil Wars on the Clare Estates in Nottinghamshire, 1642-1649 by Peter Seddon
  • Early Nineteenth Century Weather Records taken at Bromley House, Nottingham by John Wilson
  • A Nottinghamshire Historian: Arthur Cossons (1893-1963) by Neil Cossons
  • The Thoroton Society and the Victoria County History by John Beckett
  • Archaeology in Nottinghamshire 2009 edited by Christopher Robinson
Further information on the Thoroton Society website.

11 May 2010

World War 2 Heritage at Wollaton Hall

Having just revisited the Trent & Peak Archaeology Trust website I was interested to learn of their recent project to explore the WW2 history of Wollaton Park in Nottingham. I was aware that the elite 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the US 82nd Airborne Division was based there in 1944 prior to taking part in D-Day but hadn't realised that a POW camp for 4,000 German prisoners had been built in 1945.

A report, brochure and podcast can be downloaded from here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/tpa/news_and_events/index.htm