- 14 January 2012 – Researching Nottinghamshire's Architectural History by Elaine Harwood (English Heritage)
- 11 February 2012 – Going Local with the National Trust by Ben Cowell (National Trust)
- 10 March 2012 – The South Oxfordshire Project: Perceptions of Landscapes, Settlement and Society, c500-1650 by Stephen Mileson (VCH and editor of the Oxoniensia journal)
22 December 2011
19 December 2011
- A Grisly History of Nottinghamshire is aimed at children and "reveals the gory details of the bloody and gruesome history of Nottinghamshire" - sounds fun!
- Stone Age Nottinghamshire, written by David Budge and Chris Robinson, is a well illustrated guide to the archaeology of Stone Age Nottinghamshire and includes the recent discoveries from Creswell Crags caves
- Cemetery records
- Electoral registers
- Building plans
- Poor law records.
12 December 2011
The group has been set up to "to educate, promote, support, assist and improve the Newark and Sherwood Museum Service" and alongside the launch event they are promoting their "Adopt an Object" project which encourages members of the public to adopt objects in the museum collections.
More information on the Friends' website: www.civilwarnewark.co.uk/
3 November 2011
The first two volumes of the Victoria County History of Nottinghamshire were published in 1906 and 1910 and some 100 years later work is now underway to produce parish histories.
A draft of the first parish history (Plumtree with Clipston and Normanton-on-the-Wolds) is now online, with others in preparation.
A printed volume of 10-15 parish histories is planned for 2012/13.
19 October 2011
|The ruins of Haughton chapel|
Pages 59-68 of the East Midlands summary document highlight the heritage assets at risk in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Entries include Annesley Hall (last occupied in 1974 and a worry to locals ever since), the Roman fort at Scaftworth near Bawtry, the ruins of the medieval chapel at Haughton near Walesby, the west front of Newstead Abbey, Worksop Manor Lodge (seriously damaged by arsonists in 2007) and the Roman vexillation fortress at Osmundthorpe near Southwell.
16 October 2011
5 October 2011
The photographs are from the archives of the Kirkby & District Conservation Society and they have been carefully selected to reflect all aspects of life in the town: work, sport, education, religion, entertainment and heritage. There are some evocative images of some of the fine houses, such as Kirkby Hardwick and the Manor House, that were lost in the destructive 1960s and of well attended Whitsuntide marches which, to my surprise, continued into the 1960s. One of the most eye-catching photographs is the snapshot of a bricklayer balancing 10 bricks on his head!
It is a fine collection of images with very informative (and occasionally amusing) captions.
27 September 2011
|Kirkby Hardwick in 1912.|
The dig will be open to the public on Saturday, 15 October between 10 and 4. Information is available on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.
Thanks to the Southumbria blog for alerting me to this project.
See the Nottinghamshire Local History Association website for further information.
Further details (and downloadable documentation on CLASP buildings) are available on the Nottinghamshire Local History Association website.
24 September 2011
Entitled 'Streets in the sky', the programme "will explore housing redevelopment in the ‘60s and ‘70s – including how high-rise housing like Hyson Green Flats was said to promise a better way of living when it was first built."
The programme goes out at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 27 September on BBC2.
19 September 2011
A team from Trent and Peak Archaeology has spent the past year working on the site and have uncovered eight stone-lined wells, containing worked timbers, and a wide range of small finds.
Archaeologist Lee Elliott commented that "the exceptional range of artefacts for a rural community suggests prosperity, possibly built on large-scale animal husbandry and associated products servicing the nearby Romano-British towns at Brough and Lincoln."
30 August 2011
A full list of events in the county is available here: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/county/Nottinghamshire
There is also a booklet for events in Nottingham: http://nottinghamcivicsociety.org.uk/images/pdf_files/heritage2011v3.pdf
20 July 2011
Archives have also recently produced a new well-illustrated book, 'Turning back the pages on Maid Marian Way', which looks at the history of this controversial road project. The architectural historian, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, commented on the road's ugliness and many historians have deplored the way the road disrupts the medieval street pattern and led to the destruction of some fine buildings.
Further information is available on the Nottinghamshire Archives website.
A website (www.hysongreenhistory.org) has been launched and at the end of 2011 the team will produce a booklet and stage an exhibition at Brewhouse Yard on the Hyson Green Flats Story.
The project is looking for ex-residents to interview, anyone who worked in key services connected with the Flats (e.g. health, social work, council officials, police) and any materials and items which have a connection with the Flats.
8 July 2011
71 churches in the south and west of Nottinghamshire are open over Saturday and Sunday 9th-10th, 16th-17th July 2011. Further details (including downloadable church guides, church trail leaflet and posters) and a full list of participating churches are available on the website: www.nottsopenchurches.org.uk/index.html
4 July 2011
The website has been reorganised into major themes and now contains an impressive total of 200 articles most of which are illustrated with photographs taken from a database of more than 4,500 images (an example is shown below).
2 July 2011
The blog includes news on the book and a useful gazetteer of Roman sites in the county.
28 June 2011
The exhibition "focuses on 400 years of entertaining at Welbeck, looking at the lavish and fashionable tableware, entertaining as social duty, and the specialist departments that included hothouses, bakehouse, poultry house, dairy, fruit and vegetable gardens along with stories of servants eating and drinking too much while the family was away."
There is also an accompanying programme of talks.
More information is available on the Harley Gallery website.
25 June 2011
Later in the summer, Nottingham County Council's Community Archaeologists will be running further open days and a community dig at the Mons Pool part of the site.
Further information and contact details are available on the Nottinghamshire County Council website. A press release on the work done here by Salford University's Centre for Applied Archaeology has been published on the Lafarge website.
The Festival "showcases the very best of British archaeology, by presenting hundreds of special events organised and held by museums, local societies, national and countryside parks, universities, and heritage organisations across the UK" and offers "everyone the opportunity to learn about their local heritage, to see archaeology in action, and to get involved."
Events in Nottinghamshire include:
- Moor Pond Wood Project in Papplewick (Excavation and exploration of an 18th-century water system designed to serve cotton mills along the River Leen).
- A display at Mansfield Museum of 12th century pottery found last year in Skegby
- Iron Age roundhouse open day (Calverton)
- Pageant at King John's Palace, Kings Clipstone (includes display of some of the results of Time Team's excavation a couple of months ago)
- Guided walks to the Queen's Sconce, an English Civil War defensive work south of Newark
- A display by Priories Historical Society at Worksop Library of finds from recent archaeological work and Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire local history
- Behind-the-scenes tours of Nottingham City Museums & Galleries
- Living history and family-oriented activities with Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Archaeologists at Riverside Park, Newark
Further information is available on the CBA Festival of Archaeology website.
23 June 2011
18 June 2011
Staff and students from Nottingham University's Department of Archaeology have been digging 1 square metre test pits in Southwell to try and find out more about the development of the Roman settlement that underlies the present town.
A large number of Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds have been discovered during excavations in 25 gardens in Southwell.
31 May 2011
The book covers the standard themes of pre-Roman tribal society, Romano-British religion and culture, military sites, villas and roads. The author also devotes space to every major Roman site in the county and summarises past and present discussions about their development; from the 17th/18th century fantasies of the antiquarians to the more scientifically based conclusions of modern archaeologists. The roadside settlement of Margidunum on the Fosse Way near Bingham is given the most attention and Patterson challenges some of the conclusions drawn by Felix Oswald who excavated it in the 1930s. I was, however, sometimes surprised by the order of the sections, particularly the one on post-Roman Nottinghamshire which appears at the end of the 'life's essentials' chapter after a discussion on diet and food!
The book is well illustrated but would be improved by the addition of detailed maps showing the distribution of villas, forts and roads in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area: the two maps that are included depict some of the information but they don't show the full picture.
Minor criticisms aside, it remains a very useful and eminently readable summary of the latest research on the Roman archaeology of Nottinghamshire and is highly recommended.
30 May 2011
- Guided tours of the Open Fields , the church and the motte & bailey castle
- Talks by Professor John Beckett, the authority on the history of Laxton
- Display by Laxton History Group featuring many items not normally on view to the public and incorporating Newark & Sherwood Museums Service and Tuxford Windmill
- Heritage films and photos
- Vintage tractor and horse ploughing
- Craft demonstrations and information stands
- Morris dancing from Rattlejag Morris of Retford – the people who dance in the May at Laxton castle
- Notts Wildlife trust
- Medieval Lives demonstration
- Refreshments, sandwiches, cakes, bar
- Raffle and lots more
15 May 2011
- Cranbrook House, Cranbrook Street, Nottingham: An Archaeological Excavation Revisited by Scott Lomax
- Tree-Ring Dating and the Historical and Social Context of Timber-Frame Buildings, Norwell, Nottinghamshire by Matthew Hurford, Michael Jones and Cathy Tyers
- Ergotism? A Seventeenth Century Demographic Crisis in Bassetlaw by Jean Nicholson and Hannah Nicholson
- The North Nottinghamshire Coal Trade in the Eighteenth Century by Philip Riden
- The Nottinghamshire History Lecture 2010. Harmony and Good Company: The Choir-Band as a Vehicle of Sociability in Nottinghamshire, c.1750-1830 by Katie Holland
- The Library World of Nottinghamshire in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century by Peter Hoare
- Burgage Manor: New Perspectives on Georgian Southwell by Stanley Chapman
- Byron at Burgage Manor, 1803-08 by Geoffrey Bond
- Cheering the Member: Gladstone Election Songs at Newark by Richard A Gaunt
- The Clergyman, The Widow, and The Milkman: An Examination into the Landlords of Working Class Housing in Edwardian Nottingham by Maureen Cooper
- Archaeology in Nottinghamshire 2010 edited by Keith Challis
14 May 2011
A photographic exhibition showing examples of Nottinghamshire gargoyles is running throughout May at Nottingham Central Library.
25 April 2011
The Nottinghamshire map depicts towns and villages in the county and includes a detailed street plan of Nottingham and information on the Battle of Stoke (1487). A zoomable image can be viewed on the website.
9 April 2011
There are some nice photos on the Nottingham University website and a report and photos on the Mansfield Chad site.
7 April 2011
Ken Brand of the Civic Society commented that "its demolition was considered by most to be the worst example of architectural vandalism of that era in Nottingham."
24 March 2011
The website is available at http://www.ournottinghamshire.org.uk/
17 March 2011
"From Villa to Minster, Southwell - its origins, and place in our national heritage" on 29 March 2011
The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of the remains recently uncovered on Church Street prior to council planners considering an application for 31 houses on the site.
Further details are available on the Southwell Archaeology website.
4 March 2011
- Clumber Park
- D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum and Heritage Centre
- Flintham Museum
- Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham
- Iron Age Roundhouse, Calverton
- Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
- Laxton Heritage Centre
- Newark Air Museum
2 March 2011
28 February 2011
What sites in the county would be sufficiently interesting to lure Tony and his chums here? Here are a few suggestions:
- Haughton Hall, near Walesby, was a magnificent medieval house, surrounded by a moat, set in impressive parkland. There is a ruined medieval chapel a short distance away from the site of the hall, presumably associated with the deserted settlement of Haughton, and a duck decoy refashioned from a motte and bailey castle (see the following articles on the Notts History website "Haughton to the verge of splendour" and "Haughton Hall")
- Greasley Castle, a mid-14th century fortified manor house near Eastwood (see article covering brief excavations in the 1930s and the Greasley Parish website for further information)
- Cromwell Roman villa just north of Newark is clearly visible from the air but (as far as I know) hasn't been excavated
- Medieval-18th century coal pits near Strelley village on the western outskirts of Nottingham
- The English Civil War defensive earthworks around Newark-on-Trent
- Clipstone Peel in Sherwood Forest, identified by Dr David Crook, was "a sophisticated wooden palisade with external ditch and gates ... [it] included a gatehouse, hall, royal chamber, a chapel, bakehouse, grange, and animal sheds" - it only lasted a few years in the early 14th century before being dismantled (further information on The Gatehouse website)
22 February 2011
19 February 2011
- Sutton-in-Ashfield: The Unwin Dynasty and the Bag Hosiers
- Homes fit for Heroes: Nottingham's First Council Houses, 1919–1927
- The centenary of the first cinemas in Nottingham
18 February 2011
The Duke's monument is quite difficult to find*, despite being the largest plot in the cemetery, and is surprisingly plain (in stark contrast to those of many of his contemporaries). It consists of a pink Peterhead granite slab surrounded by grey granite kerbs and posts. The memorial was damaged by World War 2 bombing and bronze chains and fittings were stolen in the early 1950s. The inscription reads "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MOST NOBLE WILLIAM JOHN CAVENDISH BENTINCK SCOTT FIFTH DUKE OF PORTLAND. BORN 17TH SEPTEMBER 1800. DIED 6TH DECEMBER 1879."
John Clarke of Brookwood Cemetery for help with locating the monument.
14 February 2011
Further information on the BBC Nottingham website:
18 January 2011
Nottinghamshire Archives Online Catalogue:
6 January 2011
Further details are available on the society's website.