29 July 2012

Heritage Open Days in Nottinghamshire, 6-9 September 2012

Heritage Open Days "celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission." A list of properties and sites in Nottinghamshire (from a tour of the Grade I listed D10 building at Boots to behind the scenes tours of the Galleries of Justice museum stores) is now available:

28 July 2012

'Ice Age Journeys' project at Farndon

Farndon Archaeology Research Investigations (Fari) have recently launched a project to further investigate prehistoric archaeology found during the construction of the new A46 at Farndon. The project is called 'Ice Age Journeys' and aims to discover more about Ice Age hunter gatherers. The Heritage Lottery Fund is funding the first two years of research which will involve "surveying, fieldwalking, some excavation, recording and publishing." Fari is looking for volunteers to take part in field walks and the archaeological investigation itself.

24 July 2012

Festival of British Archaeology

Apologies for nearly having missed it but The Festival of British Archaeology has been running since 14 July and is due to finish on Sunday, 29 July. There are a few events taking place in Nottinghamshire:
  • Finds from Adrian Oswald's excavations of Mansfield Woodhouse Roman Villa can be seen (and pottery handled) at Mansfield Museum
  • Nottinghamshire Community Archaeologists are running a 'living history' event at Newark Castle on Saturday, 28 July
  • Also on Saturday there is a drop-in event for finders of archaeological objects at Bassetlaw Museum
  • Make your own fossil at Cresswell Crags
There doesn't seem to be anything happening in the City of Nottingham, although if you search the events database for 'Nottingham' you get a tour of Oakham Castle (Rutland), an event celebrating the story of Robin Hood at Conisbrough Castle near Rotherham and most bizarrely of all, an organised visit to The Wag of Forse in Caithness, northern Scotland!

For more information visit the CBA website.

4 July 2012

Open Churches Weekends, 9-10 and 16-17 July 2012

Just reminder that churches across Nottinghamshire and the city of Nottingham will be open to visitors over two weekends this month. The special weekends, on the 9th-10th and 16th-17th July, are intended to give people "the chance to discover or rediscover the rich variety of churches we have across the county. For information on which churches are participating please visit the Southwell and Nottingham Open Churches Project website.