Hearing Deaf Voices Video

At our Angel Row History Forum on Tuesday 14th February, 2017 in the Local Studies Library, 1st Floor, Central Library Nottingham Nicola Ramsdale, Project Support Officer with Nottinghamshire Deaf Society gave a talk on the development of the Hearing Deaf Voices project.

The Hearing Deaf Voices Project was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and was designed to celebrate the history of the Deaf Community in Nottinghamshire, capturing memories, experiences, histories and heritage. It included an exhibition in the Central Library between 1st and 29th March 2017, interviews with community members; archiving photographs, videos, documents, and items of interest. The project ran from April 2016 to March 2017.

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society (NDS) is a registered charity that works with deaf, hard of hearing and deafened people of all ages across Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands, focusing on ability rather than disability. The Society is based in a Grade II listed building on Forest Road West and celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2015.

The video is also available at

For more information about the project please contact Mo Cooper

0115 970 0516

Update on Archaeological Work at King John’s Palace, Clipstone.

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC is very pleased to announce that the report for the Discover King John’s Palace Plough Soil Test Pitting Project is now available to download from their publications page:

You can also download the report directly at , if you prefer (the report is 449 pages long so may take some time to download).

The Discover King John’s Palace Test Pitting Project was the archaeological component of the ITV Peoples Millions, Big Lottery Funded ‘Discover King John’s Palace‘ project run by the Sherwood Forest Trust in conjunction with Mercian.

Quick summary of the report and project:

Following the methodology (approved by Historic England- previously English Heritage), the project excavated 387 test pits into the plough soil in the north western part of Castlefield, in an area of investigation of approximately 10,600 square metres.

Close to 30,000 objects with a combined weight of almost 300 kilograms relating to human activity within the area of investigation were recovered, counted, weighed and catalogued.

The test pits were 0.5 x 0.5m and 0.25m deep, being excavated entirely in plough soil. No sub-plough soil deposits were excavated or even exposed.

More than 1,500 people (including visitors to the open days, and school visits involving around 500 local school children), visited the site, throughout the project, and engaged with and learned about the important history of their local area.

126 individuals took part in the excavations and many others were involved in the post excavation finds processing.

The King’s Houses was a royal possession that was home to a 12th century hunting lodge set within a designed landscape; the buildings were added to and expanded in the 13th and 14th centuries to make a palatial complex possibly comparable (at least in terms of the documented buildings) to sites like Clarendon in Wiltshire.

This project was designed to investigate the possible northwestern portion of the boundary of the complex.

The test pitting proved extremely effective. It revealed information about the likely extent of part of the built environment of the King’s Houses and environs, and produced evidence that can be used to enhance future geophysical or archaeological investigation of the site, but also began to reveal evidence that is of wider significance for the archaeology of the local area and region (see report for details).

The distribution of stone and metalwork appears to suggest a more rectilinear-shaped enclosure that would make the layout of the site more comparable with, for example, Clarendon Palace. This is fundamentally different to recent published depictions of the outline of the site, and marks a significant step forward in the understanding of the site layout. This also ties in well with the evidence from Mercian’s recent geophysical surveys.

This theory would mean that the boundary to the southwestern side of the gatehouse, did not follow the line of the road as others have previously suggested, but instead extended up into the current field towards the southwest (see report).

Significantly, the investigation revealed evidence likely to derive from Saxon period occupation.

Early – Middle and late Saxon pottery was found in sufficient quantity and diversity to suggest probable occupationrather than short term activity. Such evidence is scarce in Nottinghamshire and previously almost unknown in the Sherwood Forest area.

Also significantly, the investigations have allowed the identification of a previously unidentified pottery type that appears to shed light on the possible origins of the Brackenfield pottery industry. This industry, which was a major supplier of pottery to west Nottinghamshire, and is poorly understood and dated.

The investigations also appear to suggest that an area shown as an enclosure on the 1630s map may be of much greater antiquity than the King’s Houses. This area appears to have seen the earliest activity on the site, with quantities of Saxon and Saxo-Norman pottery concentrated in this area. It remained in use throughout the medieval period and appears to have continued in use after occupation of the King’s Houses ceased.

The finds appear to suggest this plot was occupied perhaps until the end of the first quarter of the 18th century. As such, it is possible that this plot represents a part of the original settlement of Clipstone. It may have remained in occupation as such during the period of the King’s Houses, and remained in occupation into the post medieval period, finally being abandoned in the early 18th century.

Further information was also gained regarding the Roman activity on the site. This had previously been considered to be mainly of the second century and appeared to show little Romanisation. The present work revealed a wider range of dating and forms. It is proposed that the Roman activity on the site spans at least the 2nd to 4th century and may represent activities undertaken by Romanised people away from their houses and food preparation area. It may derive from the Roman equivalent of a packed lunch taken out into the fields!

Full details of the finds and the interpretation can be seen in the report.


Knights, Kings, Monks and Vikings Loom Large in the Incredible History of Ireland

WEA East Midlands is running a course at Rumbletums Cafe, 2a Victoria Street, Kimberley NG16 2NH to examine the fascinating relationship of Ireland with the British Isles and Europe. The course will run  from 3:15pm to 4:45pm every Tuesday from 19th September to 21 November (10 meetings).

  • Ancient texts such as the Book of Kells form part of the study.
  • The takeover of Ireland by Scandinavians and Normans is worthy of debate.
  • Ireland’s role in the dynastic struggles and the English Civil War are important, with connections to the East Midlands
  • The course will finish with the development and implementation of the Protestant Ascendancy and how that lead to significant change.
  • Charismatic figures like Wolf Tone and Oliver Cromwell will be amongst the individuals included.

The course tutor, Ann Parker, was a lecturer in the Adult Education Department of Nottingham University. A specialist in modern history, Ann has worked with the Atlantic Council, the Defence Academy and NATO.

The course fee is £57.75 and is FREE to those on benefits.

More information from WEA East Midlands, 39 Mapperley Road, Nottingham NG3 5AQ

Phone 0115 9628400 or 0300 303 3464

East Midlands History and Heritage Magazine

Issue 05, August 2017, is available now FREE from your local library.

If you need copies for your local history group please contact John Parker who will arrange distribution.

In this edition:

  • Entertaining the Community: Hospital fundraising before the NHS.
  • Political biographies of the early women councillors on Nottingham City Council 1920-1930.
  • Preserving local history on film.
  • Young criminals on the march through the East Midlands.
  • The Row that Barber built.
  • ‘Danse Macabre’.
  • East Midlands Airport.
  • The stones of Wakerley Bridge.
  • The social world of Nottinghams’s green spaces.
  • The Fearon fountain

Heritage Open Days in Leicestershire, 7-10 September 2017

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Click on the HOD logo above for a detailed properties and events programme with opening times, booking requirements, access details and directions. Please Note: Some venues require pre-booking and may have restricted access.

Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit please check events and venues at for last-minute changes.

  • A Walk Through Time at St Helen’s Church and Heritage Centre
  • Masonic Hall, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Open Day
  • St Peter’s Church, Thornton
  • Thringstone House Open Day.
  • Guided Tour of Atkins Building and Two Other Grade Listed
  • Buildings
  • Hinckley & District Museum
  • Hinckley Masonic Hall Open Event
  • The Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel, Hinckley
  • Visit All Saints Church
  • 34, Pocklingtons Walk
  • Abbey Pumping Station Museum Engine House Tours
  • All Saints’ Church: War Memorials Project
  • Additional information
  • Belgrave Cemetery
  • Belgrave Hall and Gardens
  • Bishop Street Methodist Church
  • Braunstone Heritage
  • Castle Gardens and Motte
  • Castle Hill Archaeology Open Day
  • Central Baptist Church and William Carey Museum
  • City Hall
  • De Montfort Hall Back Stage Tour
  • De Montfort University Heritage Sites
  • Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester
  • Friars Mill
  • Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church Syston
  • Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel
  • Greyfriars: Then and Now
  • Historic Abbey Park
  • LCB Depot
  • Leicester Cathedral / Bell Tower Tours
  • Leicester Cathedral / Historic Guided Tours
  • Leicester Heritage Exhibition
  • Leicester Print Workshop
  • Leicester Secular Hall Open Day
  • Leicester Synagogue
  • Leicester Town Hall
  • Leicester’s Historic Victoria Park
  • Leicestershire Banking Company, Granby Street
  • LGBT – Voices
  • Magazine Gateway
  • Makers Yard Open Day
  • Our Lady and St Nicholas, Wanlip
  • Phoenix: Behind the Scenes.
  • Raucous Races.
  • Regent Sports and Social Club
  • Six Goddard Buildings
  • St Margaret’s Church
  • St Peter’s Church, Highfields
  • Stephenson Built Glenfield Railway Tunnel 1832
  • Stoneygate Tram Depot
  • SuperHome Open Day – Leicester, Great Glen, Main Street
  • Syston Masonic Hall
  • The City Rooms
  • University of Leicester Campus Architecture Tours
  • University of Leicester: Treasures of the David Wilson Library
  • Welford Road Cemetery Leicester – Guided tours
  • Stoneywell Dustbusters
  • Wycliffe rooms
  • Masonic Hall, Market Harborough
  • Tour of St. Peter’s Church, Church Langton

Heritage Open Days in Nottinghamshire 7-10, September 2017

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Click on the HOD logo above for a detailed properties and events programme with opening times, booking requirements, access details and directions. Please Note: Some venues require pre-booking and may have restricted access.

Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit please check events and venues at for last-minute changes.

  • Annesley Old Church
  • Attenborough, St.Mary the Virgin Church
  • Beeston Conservative Club
  • Beeston Fields Golf Club, Club House Tour
  • Beeston Heritage Trail
  • Beeston Parish Church
  • Beeston Rylands Heritage Tour.
  • Beeston Town Hall
  • Bramcote Hills Primary School
  • Chilwell Depot
  • G.H. Hurt & Son Ltd: The Shawl Factory
  • Grove Avenue Allotments (Chilwell Garden Holders Association)
  • Inham Nook Allotments
  • John Clifford Primary School
  • St Barnabas Church Inham Nook
  • Wollaton Road Allotments
  • Wollaton Road Cemetery Chapel
  • Wollaton Road Cemetery Heritage Tour
  • Canalside Heritage Centre, Canalside, Beeston Rylands
  • Leyton Crescent Allotments Beeston Rylands
  • St Martin of Tours Church Bilborough
  • Bramcote Methodist Church
  • Bramcote Old Church Tower
  • St Michael’s & All Angels’ Church
  • Keyworth Parish Church
  • Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel
  • The Flintham Museum
  • Behind the Scenes at the Palace Theatre, Newark
  • Newark Cemetery
  • Newark Cemetery Chapel Interpretation Centre
  • Newark Town Hall Museum
  • Newark Town Hall Museum & Art Gallery
  • Thoresby Park
  • Visit Newark Heritage Barge at the Wharf, Newark
  • 3rd Chilwell (Inham Nook) Scout Group
  • A self guided walk around Strelley Village
  • All Hallows Church, Gedling
  • All Saints Church Strelley
  • Bagthorpe Gardens
  • Beeston & District Civic Society Open Meeting
  • Beeston and Chilwell Quakers at Middle Street Resource Centre.
  • Beeston and District Local History Society at Middle Street Resource Centre
  • Beeston Camera Club at Middle Street Resource Centre
  • Beeston Fields Golf Club Clubhouse Tour
  • Beeston U3A at Middle Street Resource Centre
  • Bridgford Hall
  • Bromley House Library
  • Chilwell Arts Theatre brings film about Bees to Beeston
  • Classic Car Drop In at Strelley Hall
  • Discover the William Booth Birthplace Museum
  • From South Africa to the Somme – a guided walk linking the
  • Arboretum and the Forest Recreation Groun
  • Grangewood Methodist Church
  • Green’s Windmill and Science Centre
  • Greening Beeston at Middle Street Resource Centre
  • Heart of Heritage: A Royal Connection
  • Heart of Heritage: Heart of Heritage Inspiration
  • Heart of Heritage: Poets on Piece Work
  • Heart of Heritage: With Nick Povey from Nottingham’s Fewkes Factory
  • Home Farm Barn
  • Kingswood Methodist Church
  • Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham – Behind the scenes tour.
  • Middle Street Resource Centre Heritage Fair
  • Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
  • Newstead Abbey Historic House & Gardens
  • Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
  • Nottingham Industrial Museum. Wollaton Park Nottingham.
  • Royal British Legion (Beeston Branch) at Middle Street Resource Centre
  • SKN Heritage Museum at Middle Street Resource Centre.
  • St John the Baptist Church Bilborough
  • St Leonard’s Church Wollaton
  • St Mary The Virgin Open Day
  • Strelley Hall Grounds Guided Tour (Grounds only)
  • Talk Back Viewing Studio. Part of the Former Humber Cycle Works in Beeston.
  • The Adams Building
  • The Coach House
  • The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
  • Trent and Peak Archaeology at Middle Street Resource Centre.
  • University of Nottingham Museum
  • Wollaton Village Dovecote Museum
  • Bassetlaw Museum
  • Chesterfield Canal
  • Denman Public Library
  • Goodwin Hall and Gardens
  • Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford
  • Heritage Open Day at Retford Library
  • Kings Park, Retford
  • Retford Little Theatre
  • Retford Town Hall
  • St. Swithun’s Church, Retford
  • St.Michael’s Church, Retford
  • The Hub, Retford
  • The Masonic Hall, Retford
  • Trinity Hospital
  • Brackenhurst Hall, Southwell, Notts
  • Southwell Cathedral
  • St Helen’s Parish Church, Stapleford
  • Stapleford St John’s C of E Primary School
  • Stapleford Town Trail
  • Lindley’s Windmill, Sutton in Ashfield
  • Clumber Park, National Trust
  • Local and Family History Surgery at Worksop Library
  • Mr Straw’s House
  • Worksop Priory Church & Gatehouse Chapel

Calverton Folk Museum

Situated on Main Street, next door to the Baptist Church, is a Folk Museum dedicated to Victorian Calverton.  Inside, this old Stockinger’s cottage, there are four rooms dedicated to the periods furniture and clothing, fossils and kitchen, living room and bedroom exhibits. Also on display is an actual Frameworker’s knitting machine. As started here, way back in the 16th Century, by William Lee. Tapestry pictures of village buildings can also be found on display.  A taped commentary is included in the tour.

The Calverton Folk Museum was created from a four-roomed derelict cottage which somehow escaped demolition when many of Calverton’s vernacular buildings were sadly bulldozed. In it we have endeavoured to create the atmosphere of the davs when a stocking frame was the lifeline of a man and his family. All members of the family had to work. Even at the age of 9 years little girls had to seam and boys melt the zinc and lead for the needle molds. Visitors to the museum are amazed at the hard life people endured – brick floors, darnp walls, smoky chimney. Water had to be carried from a well many yards away. If you visit us we can show you these things. Beautiful work was produced on the hand frames which were set next to a window. Illumination at night was provided by a paraffin lamp or candle set behihd a glass globe filled with spring water and Aqua Fortis which provided magnification across the needles. One resident remembers, as a twelve year old girl, working on her father’s frame and also recalls that he once made stockings for Queen Victoria. Many of the stockings, gloves and undergarments were sent all over the world, patientlv created for a pittance bv a man and his family, living often in overcrowded conditions.

Calverton Folk Museum, Main Street Calverton NG14 6FG (next to the Baptist Church)

Open on the last Sunday in the month April – September, 2pm – 4pm, Adults £2 Children £0.50

Open at other times by appointment. For more information please contact Chris Peck 0115 9654843

What the war did: Social change during World War 1

This September the National Memorial Arboretum will hold a two-day symposium to coincide with their on-going World War I centenary events and activities.

The diverse programme of seminars, interactive workshops and site tours, aimed at academics, students and historians, will examine the social changes wrought by the conflict helping to create a greater understanding of how these changes came about.

As well as examining the changing role of women during the conflict – focussing on the care of the wounded on both the Western and Home fronts, other themes will consider the Home Front at a more local level. Topics to be explored by a wealth of speakers include the female vote, food crises, attitudes towards conscientious objectors, the changing role of the country estate house as convalesce homes, and the development of female labour in traditionally male roles.

The programme will also offer opportunities to explore the NMA galleries and to participate in workshops and guided tours of the 150-acre site.

Click here to find out more about our ‘What the War Did’ symposium.

The National Memorial Arboretum’s symposium is being organised in partnership with the parent charity, The Royal British Legion, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Ticket prices include tea, coffee and a buffet lunch on both days.

Date: 26 September 2017 – 27 September 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Tel: 01283 245 100

Admission: £85 per person, Student: £35 (ID Required)

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Keyworth Conservation Area -50 years of Conservation Areas

The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and Scotland by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a private members bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys.  Civic Voice holds the annual Sandys Lecture in his name.  When legislation was introduced there was widespread public concern over the pace of redevelopment in our historic towns and cities.

Today there are over 10,000 conservation areas in the UK (approximately 9,300 in England, 500 in Wales, 650 in Scotland and 60 in Northern Ireland) reflecting the popularity of this legislative tool in identifying and protecting our most valued historic places.

Conservation area designation essentially controls the demolition of unlisted buildings over a certain size and works to protect trees, restricts permitted development rights on dwelling houses and tightens regulations on advertising AND places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas while undertaking their planning duties.

Designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself: we live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished it needs to be positively managed.

Civic Voice calls upon communities across the country to come together and say “My Conservation Area Matters”, and asked groups across the country to help use 2017 as a focus to celebrate 50 years of conservation areas and to participate in local and national events to recognise how conservation areas have helped keep many of our towns distinctive.

From The Big Conservation Conversation, Civic Voice