24 March 2011

New Nottinghamshire community history website

The 'Our Nottinghamshire' website has been launched with the aim of encouraging people to add their memories, stories, photographs and comments on Nottinghamshire.
The website is available at  http://www.ournottinghamshire.org.uk/

D H Lawrence Heritage Centre reprieve

Nottingham University has come to the rescue and agreed a £105,000 grant to ensure Durban House in Eastwood remains open for the next two years. Originally, it was built as offices for the Barber Walker Colliery Company and was bought and restored by Broxtowe Borough Council in the 1990s. It houses the D H Lawrence Heritage Centre which is under threat because of cuts in council funding.

17 March 2011

"From Villa to Minster, Southwell - its origins, and place in our national heritage" on 29 March 2011

A public meeting has been organised by Southwell heritage groups to discuss the national significance of the town's Roman archaeology and will feature leading experts on Roman and ecclesiastical archaeology.
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

Free access to Nottinghamshire museums, 20 March 2011

BBC Nottingham has organised another "Big Day Out" - "a celebration of the county's history and heritage" for 20 March. Many museums in Nottinghamshire will offer free entry and those participating include:
  • 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
and many more!

See the BBC Nottingham website for further details.

2 March 2011

Metal-detectorist uncovers Bronze Age tools near Newark

Maurice Richardson, who discovered an impressive Iron Age Torc near Newark a couple of years ago, has uncovered a cache of Bronze Age tools 8 miles outside Newark. The cache includes "several well-preserved socket axe handles, chisels, a spear head, broken sections of swords, and unmoulded clumps of bronze."