23 October 2013

Film premiere: 'The Ice Age Journey', 14th November at Newark Town Hall

FARIArchaeology have been running a lottery funded project to study a prehistoric site at Farndon, near Newark. They have produce a short film of their discoveries which will be premiered at Newark Town Hall. See the poster below for further details.
 More information can be found on the project website.

15 October 2013

Event: 'Stories of ordinary folk', 19th October 2013

'Stories of ordinary folk', the Nottinghamshire Local History Autumn Day-School, will be held at Ravenshead Village Hall on Saturday, 19th October 2013, 10 am – 4:15 pm.

"The man-in-the-street may not make the history books, but people in the past at least had their rites of passage recorded. If they fell by the wayside the workhouse was there to offer some relief and perhaps a form of escape. Other diversions included the village bands."

The speakers are:
  • Valerie Henstock: Reading between the Lines - Stories from Parish Registers
  • Peter Hammond: Joseph Woolley, the Diary of a Framework Knitter
  • Victoria Preece: A Common Fate - People in the Workhouse
  • Chris Weir: When the Bands Played On
Cost: £6.50 (members of NLHA) and £7.50 (non members).

There is no need to pre-book. For further information call 01509 820067

13 October 2013

Local History Seminars 2013/14 at Nottingham University

These Local History Seminars are organised by the University of Nottingham's Department of History and are held on the second Saturday of the month at Lenton Grove - where the Department of History is based. They are open to everyone with an interest in local and regional history. Booking is not necessary and the entry fee of £5 covers the cost of attending the seminar together with coffee and biscuits in the interval. In addition there is often a bookstall at the seminar. The seminars start at 10.00 and finish at 12.30. Further details on the Department of History website.

New publications from Mercian Archaeological Services

Mercian Archaeological Services has produced its first newsletter, summarising recent work at King John's Palace in Kings Clipstone, The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project, plus details of excavations at Ticknall in Leicestershire, Codnor Castle in Derbyshire and elsewhere. The newsletter can be accessed here: www.academia.edu
Mercian have also published the first two papers in their Occasional Papers series, both by James Wright:
  • Brammer Farm House & Arundel Cottage - Standing Building Survey Report, and
  • The king’s houses a palace or a mere hunting lodge?
The papers are available online here: http://issuu.com/mercianarch

'Pit Talk' research project at Bestwood Country Park, 19 October 2013

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are studying  the language of the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire coalfields. The project is called 'Pit Talk' and is led by Dr Natalie Braber and they will be asking visitors to add their own terms and phrases during an event at Bestwood Country Park from 10am on Saturday 19 October.

If you have links with mining and the East Midlands collieries and wish share any examples of pit talk, you can contact Natalie by email at natalie.braber@ntu.ac.uk

The Nottingham Trent University event, at Dynamo House and Bestwood Winding Engine House, Bestwood Country Park, Park Road, Bestwood, NG6 8ZA, is supported by Nottinghamshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.