“Our Listed Buildings” Keyworth Conservation Area Census


display of images and historic buildings records

Home Farm 17 Main Street, 2 – 4pm Sunday, 4th June 2017

As part of Graham & Pippa Tinsley’s “Open Gardens”


entrance: £4.00 for the National Garden Scheme

CAAG and K& DLHS Future Events:

Keyworth Nottingham Road Primary School and Nursery Summer Fair

Saturday 24th June 2017

Keyworth Show Saturday 8th July 2017

The next CA Census Event “Education” Saturday 25th November 2017 noon – 4pm in the Centenary Lounge, Village Hall: bring mementoes or photographs of your educational experiences in the village so that we can record them for the archive.  Refreshments will be available.

University of Nottingham’s First History Festival


Click here for brochure and programme

5th, 6th and 7th April 2017. The 3-day Festival includes a wide range of events from talks and workshops to guided walks and living history – and all the events are free. Go behind the scenes at Manuscripts and Special Collection; discover more about family history research in the archives; hear Dr Nick Barratt of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? fame; walk in the footsteps of the Nottingham 1831 Rioters; find out more about the history and heritage of University Park Campus, Wollaton Hall and St Mary’s Church with our expert guides; step back into the past with living history and reenactment displays; encounter ancient hairstyles and the lives of medieval women; have opportunities to meet curators and researchers; find out more about the history of Nottingham’s Green Spaces and the First World War in Nottinghamshire; and much much more. The events take place across multiple locations including University Park Campus, Manuscripts and Special Collections and in the city centre. Maps and travel advice can be found in this brochure. You can also stay updated with the Festival via Facebook, Twitter and Instragram. We hope you enjoy the Festival and look forward to seeing you at the events.

The History Festival has been coordinated by the History Department at the University of Nottingham and brings together staff, students and community partners. Special thanks go to Dr Ross Balzaretti (Head of History), anonymous History alumni donors who have helped to fund this Festival, the student Festival Coordinators – Arthur Cain, Anna Honey, Flo Sandford-Richardson, Rosie Whillock, Mary Thompson, Laura Caley – and all the contributors and community partners engaged with the Festival. Festival Organiser – Dr Sarah Holland

Booking Page:

2017 Facebook: @uonhistoryfestival

Twitter: @uonhistoryfest Instagram: @uonottinghamhistoryfest #UoNhistfest

Keyworth Conservation Area Census




Can you assist in a survey about our heritage?

Come and see how we are getting along!  Refreshments will be available

There are 3 displays each year: in spring and autumn in the Centenary Lounge, Village Hall, and a stall at the Village Show in the summer……………


If you have anything related to property in the Conservation Area

e.g. an illustration, old photograph(s), letters or old legal documents, or other artefacts

please bring them, or let us know:

someone from CAAG/K&DLHS will collect and return it safely by arrangement with you.

Thank you!

Contact: Sheila Barton: or telephone 0115 937 3068

Royal Curator Sheds New Light on Reclusive Duke

Best known for the extensive tunnels he built underneath the family home at Welbeck Abbey on the Welbeck Estate, the eccentric and reclusive 5th Duke of Portland is revealed in a new light through his “extraordinary collection” of miniature paintings says Senior Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection, Vanessa Remington.

Having catalogued the ‘miniatures’ in the Royal Collection, Remington was invited to curate a new exhibition of more than 25 paintings opening at The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire on 31 March and running until 30 September 2017.



She describes the Portland Collection’s miniatures as “probably second only to the Royal Collection” and the new exhibition focuses on the 5th Duke to show a man very different from his public persona. Despite his reputation as a recluse with little social life who avoided the outside world, Remington’s research shows a Duke who was nevertheless fascinated by youth, beauty, celebrities and high society.

“Unfortunately, we have no diary or memoirs from the 5th Duke and so he’s been very much defined by the miles of tunnels he built under the family home. By examining his collection of miniatures though we see a man fascinated by women, despite being a recluse who had no personal relationships with them other than his sister.

“There is a very clear focus on beautiful and famous young women so it’s a sad irony of his life that he felt unable to engage and enter that world despite the access his wealth and social status gave him,” says Remington.

Miniatures were very popular across Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries and were usually intimate and informal portraits painted by specialist artists for rich patrons who often gave them as love tokens. The 5th Duke was an avid collector and amongst more than 80 miniatures he collected personally are key pieces including:

  • Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine of France
  • The beautiful but doomed mistress of Louis XIV, the Duchess of Fontanges
  • Two young girls dressed as angels
  • Louis XV, King of France and his consort, Marie Leczinska, Queen of France
  • The famous soprano, Adelaide Kemble, with whom the Duke was once in love, and her sister, the actress Frances ‘Fanny’ Kemble.

Also on show will be a series of pastel paintings of the opera singer, which he commissioned.

Painted on vellum and ivory, the miniatures of the Portland Collection are displayed very infrequently and for short periods because of the risk of light damage. Many of the miniatures are painted with watercolour paint which is light sensitive. A specialist viewing area uses sophisticated PIR technology to manage light levels in order to protect the works for generations to come.

The Portland Collection at Welbeck houses treasures assembled over 400 years by the Dukes of Portland and their families. It opened to the public on Sunday 20th March 2016 and includes masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Madonna del Silenzio, on show for the first time in 50 years; Van Dyck’s paintings of a young Charles II in armour and Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, not publicly exhibited since 1960; as well as the pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649.

The Portland Collection was named RIBA East Midlands’ building of the year, as well as winning the East Midlands Sustainability Award, Heritage award and a prestigious national RIBA award. The Gallery most recently won a silver award in the American Architecture Prize, and is currently in the running for a ‘Building’ award and a Civic Trust award.

For more information visit:

The Hamburg Connection

For her next book Rowena Edlin-White is researching Nottingham women who went to work in Hamburg in the 1900s. She inherited the letters of her great-aunt Jennie Dexter (1876-1950) who was in Hamburg 1906-1909, and those of her four cousins:  Violetta Forkel, nee Wealthall (1869-1946), her sister Lilian Wealthall (1881-1975), and twins Hilda and Lizzie Noble (b. 1886). All were going back and forth as governesses, the hub being Violetta’s home in the Eppendorf area of Hamburg.

Rowena is also interested in three other Nottingham women connected to this group: Grace Harvey (b. 1895, her family kept a market garden on Blyth Street, Mapperley), Annie Jane Wolfe (1878-1919) whose home address was Edgar Rise in St. Ann’s, and ‘Dot’ (probably Dorothy) Wing, of whom almost nothing is known.

If you know anything about these families, or others who may have been involved, Rowena would really appreciate hearing about them. She’s trying to discover why there was a steady stream of Nottingham women going to Hamburg at this time.

Contact Rowena Edlin-White at:

The Medieval World in Colour

1 April – 18 June

Explore the medieval world through the colours used and encountered in every day life. Enjoy the exhibition at The University of Nottingham Museum (admission free), or join us for the exhibition talk (free, but pre-booking is advised) or one of the drop-in workshops during half term week 30 May – 2 June.

Nottingham Lakeside Arts
University Park

Box Office
0115 846 7777

NBPT is seeking a Development officer

NBPTThe Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust is seeking a development officer to replace the administrator who is retiring at the end of March 2017.

The Position is for a self-employed, self-motivated person to help the Trustees/Directors to expand the influence of the Trust by increasing membership of Friends of NBPT, applying for Grants and publicising the Trust on social media and in traditional format.

The Trust is a charity and limited company based in Southwell with management meetings every quarter and separate monthly Committee meetings. The applicant would be expected to work at least 6 hours each week in the Trust office, any additional time spent either at home or in the office up to 16 hours per week by agreement. Remuneration for the right person is negotiable up to a maximum of £6,000 per annum.

Full details can be found on Facebook and the News page of the Trust’s website –

Applications with full CV should be emailed to the Trust at or posted to the office at The Minster Centre, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0HD by Monday, 6th March, 2017.

Martin Luther and the East Midlands, September 2017 One-Day Conference

Martin Luther2017 will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses and the beginnings of the Reformations in Britain and Europe. To mark the event, there will be a one-day conference on the impact of the Reformations on the East Midlands, co-sponsored by East Midlands History and Heritage, held at De Montfort University, Leicester.

This will be the first of a series of day events promoted by EMHH on the history and heritage of the region.

We would like to bring together local historians, archaeologists, post-graduate students and academics to examine the impact of the Reformations and religious change on the people and communities of the East Midlands region.

If you are working on any aspect of the religious history of the East Midlands in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, or if you would like to come along to the conference, we would be interested in hearing from you.

We would welcome 20 minute presentations, 5 minute presentations, posters and displays. Topics might include:

  •  Impact on the parish and parish churches
  •  Dissolution of the monasteries and religious houses
  • Individual writers, preachers and religious reformers
  • Changes in religious belief and ideas of communities/individuals
  • Material and visual culture of religious change
  • Impact on townscapes and landscapes
  • Sources useful for Reformation studies
  • Catholicism under the Tudors.

But there are many other areas of life that might also be examined.

If you are interested in attending and/or participating, please contact Prof Elizabeth Tingle at De Montfort University. Email:

2017 Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool, Mercian Archaeology

Mercian fieldschoolMercian are delighted to announce the dates for our 2017 Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool.

We are really looking forward to a great summer to build on the fantastic success over the past few years. The fieldschool has proved extremely popular and everyone who has attended has had a great time in previous years. It is a massive highlight of Mercian’s year, and we really hope to see some familiar faces, and to get to know many new people at this years school.

Week A: July 10th – 14th 2017

Week B: July 17th – 21st 2017

Week C: July 31st – August 4th 2017

Week D: August 7th – 11th

Price £275 per person

Students returning from 2014, 2015 or 2016 will receive a 10% discount

For more details and booking options please see the website:

This is not an ordinary field school – this is a ‘Training Field School’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2017 Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

For those wishing to develop their skills, for students and post-graduates seeking to fulfill the experience requirements of their courses… for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology, or improve their knowledge to give them the edge at work… for those looking to acquire cross-transferable skills… for volunteer diggers wishing to raise their game, impress their friends, and increase their enjoyment of archaeology and heritage through a greater skill set and knowledge base…. through to people simply wishing to learn for the love of learning.

Everyone is welcome… no previous knowledge or experience is required.

You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation,
including ALL the Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport:

  • Handtools (Trowel etc)
  • Handtools (Spade, Mattock etc)
  • Site Formation Processes
  • Stratigraphic Excavation
  • Context Sheet Recording
  • Site Photography
  • Site Grid and Trench Layout
  • Dumpy Level and Staff
  • Planning
  • Section Drawing
  • Collection of Samples
  • Artefact Recovery, Recording & Storage
  • Site Safety

Plus many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport including:

  • Survey (Total Station)
  • Finds Processing
  • As well as covering skill requirements for the Passport we also provide:
  • Pottery identification
  • Finds handling
  • Finds processing
  • Flint Knapping Demonstrations
  • History of Ceramics lectures
    And much more…

All techniques are taught and experienced throughout the week, with hands on training from our Archaeological experts. Every attendee will learn to excavate, draw sections and plans, and fill in context sheets and paperwork.

Delegates will undertake workshops in surveying including:

  • Measuring and recording heights with a dumpy level
  • Laying out a trench in the field from co-ordinates
  • 3 dimensional surveying with a total station

Hands on learning and training is supplemented with seminars covering many of the subjects listed above – providing the theory behind the practice.

All attendees will receive a welcome pack with room for all handouts from lectures.

This course is suitable for people of all archaeological abilities from beginner wishing to take their first step, to experienced diggers wishing to take the next step, and from university students and post-graduates needing more experience, to retired people wanting to fulfill a life’s ambition… all are welcome and will be treated equally… the experience is tailored to the individual through hands on personal supervision.

Lunchtime Demonstrations

  • Prehistoric Technologies
  • Pot-boiler stone making
  • Flint-knapping
  • Pottery identification

Field Days include lunch provided by our field caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.

A tuck shop is also available for snacks and drinks to be bought throughout the day.

Onsite toilet facilities are provided along with welfare tents.

All equipment is provided, although you are welcome to bring you own trowels etc (more details when you have booked).

As well as all the above you will learn about the history and archaeology of Sherwood Forest, and also about the designed royal hunting landscape and Palace at its heart. Mercian

Archaeological Services CIC run the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project and are at the leading edge of research into this landscape of legends.

Also included in the price for 2017 (optional attendance):

2 Evening field visits (optional attendance):

Field Visit to Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve- learn about Forest Law, the History of Sherwood Forest, and see some of the archaeology in the Country Park also visit the Major Oak, legendary hideaway of Robin Hood!

Field visit to Laxton – Visit the earthworks of Laxton Castle former home of the Keepers of Sherwood Forest (also with links to King John), see the medieval open 3 field system (the only surviving in England), and visit the church with its interesting carvings, and the local visitors centre with its 17th century map of the village and its fields.


2 evening lectures (optional attendance) 6pm-7pm, subjects to include:

History of Ceramics

Geology and Landscape of the Sherwood region – the importance of the “Ancient Landscape”

Viking and Saxon Sherwood Forest

History of Archaeology

About King John’s Palace and Sherwood Forest

King John’s Palace (previously known as the King’s Houses) was the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period.

The site was visited by all 8 kings from Henry II to Richard II, with King John possibly holding a proto-parliament there in the early 13th century and Edward I holding Parliament there in 1290.

Recent Archaeological work by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC has helped to reveal the size and importance of the site, and has also interpreted the surrounding lordship as a ‘designed’ medieval romantic hunting landscape.

The palace was sat at the heart of medieval Sherwood Forest and provided amenities for hunting, royal retreat, and the entertaining of foreign royalty and important members of society.

As part of the field school attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, outlaws, foresters, the landscape of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, the forest law, courts, offences and judiciary, the Palace at Clipstone, monasteries, chapels and hermitages, hunting parks, Nottingham Castle , Sheriffs and much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest…

In the meantime have a look at the following websites for more information:

For more information please see our King John’s Palace and Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project pages, and The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Facebook page at

Please read the terms and conditions before booking.

We really hope to see you there please get in touch if you have any questions.

Viral History

Viral HistoryAre you ready for access-all-hours history, whenever you want it, wherever you want it? With its bite-sized features and a brand new episode a week, you’re ready for Viral History!

Shot at the medieval Holme Pierrepont Hall, and on location around the UK, hosts Paul Bradshaw and Lauren Gray unveil the latest history headlines and quiz special guests as they explore all things history.

Viral History will release every Thursday at 7pm GMT (12 p.m. PT) on the official Viral History YouTube Channel, and social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. So don’t worry, if you’re on planet Earth with access to the internet, you’ll have plenty of ways to watch!

“There’s a real appetite for history news and information right now and for the foreseeable future,” Paul Bradshaw, Content Creator and host of Viral History said. “Viral History will be the place where history students, enthusiasts and academics – both young and old – can engage with every aspect of this fascinating subject in fun, engaging and authentic ways.”

Viral History content will be shareable, too, so you can keep friends and family up-to-date with your latest history discoveries!

Viral History will cover exclusive history news and stories, television shows, books, fan culture, art, and more. Special guests, including well-known historians and writers, will be featured weekly to talk about their work, reveal little-known stories from the past, offer behind-the-scenes looks at exhibitions and events, and more. In other words, if it’s history related, it’ll be on Viral History.

Stay tuned to for more on Viral History!