12 October 2012

'The Lost Houses of Nottinghamshire': Aspley Hall

The third episode of 'The Lost Houses of Nottinghamshire' went out this morning on Andy Whittaker's BBC Radio Nottingham show. The subject is Aspley Hall in Nottingham and contains more from me!
Further information on Aspley and other houses covered can be found on the BBC Radio Nottingham Facebook page.

11 October 2012

'Balls, Boots and Players - celebrating 500 years of Nottingham High School in its communty

Lakeside is hosting an exhibition that "explores the relationship between Nottingham High School and its community, illustrated through the lives of the people who belong to it."
A series of free lunchtime talks to accompany the exhibition has also been organised:
  • 'Pure and Constant' (Wednesday, 10 October, 1-2pm, in A09, Engineering & Science Learning Centre) - the life and work of Thomas Hawksley, engineer
  • 'Ken Clark talks' (Friday, 9 November, 1-2pm in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building) - the High School's best known living old boy discusses his schooldays and career in politics
  • 'Balls, boots and players' (Tuesday, 13 November, 1-2pm in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building) - Tony Palfreyman shares his passion for sport and sport in Nottinghamshire
  • 'Karachi and the wilds of interior Sindh' (Tuesday, 4 December, 1-2pm,  in A09, Engineering & Science Learning Centre) - BBC journalist Aleem Maqbool discusses his work as a journalist in Pakistan
Further details are available on the Lakeside website.

6 October 2012

Romano-British settlement found near Clifton

A team from Wessex Archaeology have uncovered a late Iron Age/Romano-British rural settlement near Clifton as part of survey work in advance of the widening of the A453 road between Nottingham and the M1.
Two burials (one crouched), the remains of a structure, Samian ware pottery and a jet bracelet have been found so far.

5 October 2012

New book: 'Fothergill: Catalogue of the Works of Watson Fothergill, Architect'

Darren Turner has recently self-published an impressive catalogue of the distinctive buildings of the Nottingham architect, Watson Fothergill.

Darren states that the catalogue aims "to provide a comprehensive schedule of all of his works and in doing so to bring together as much information as possible about each project to provide an invaluable  resource."

See the book's website for further information and a preview of the book:

1 October 2012

'Nottingham - A Reluctant City' by Adrian Jones

Maid Marian Way in 1968 (photo: Ben Houfton)
Chris Matthews has alerted me to a fascinating online article on current and historic planning issues in Nottingham by Adrian Jones, former Director of Planning at Nottingham City Council. It is a refreshingly honest and critical assessment of planning successes and failures and well worth a look: