Useful Links

Welcome to NLHA’s Directory of Useful Links

Local History Online’s links pages have a very large number of links which might be useful to local historians in Nottinghamshire, but here are a few more specifically local links, and a few general ones. If you would like to have a link included on this page, please email the Chairman.

Societies and Organisations in Nottinghamshire

Arnold Local History Group
Attenborough Heritage Explorers
Awsworth and Cossall Local History Society
Beeston and District Local History Society
Bilborough Local History Group
Bingham Heritage Trails Association
Bleasby Local History Societ
Blidworth and District History and Heritage
Bramcote History Group
Bramcote Old Church Tower Trust
Burton Joyce and Bulcote Local History Society
Calverton Preservation and History Society
Coddington History Group
Collingham and District Local History Society
East Bridgford Local History Group
East Leake and District Local History Society
Edwalton Local History
Farnsfield Local History Society
Friends of Nottinghamshire Archives
Friends of Nottingham Museums
The Flintham Society
Gotham and District Local History Society
Hucknall Heritage Society
Jacksdale Area Culture and Heritage
Keyworth and District Local History Society
Laxton History Group
D H Lawrence Society
Lenton Local History Society
Norwell Parish Heritage Group
Nottingham Castle
Nottingham Civic Society
Nottingham Hidden History Team
Nottingham Irish Studies Group
Pentrich Revolution
People’s Histreh: Nottingham and Notts Radical History Group
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Labour History Society
Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust
Nottinghamshire Family History Society
Old Mansfield Society
Papplewick Pumping Station Trust
Pentagon Society(covers Elston Shelton Sibthorpe East Stoke and Syerston)
Radcliffe on Trent Local History Society
Ruddington Local History and Amenity Society
Sherwood Archaeological Society
Shireoaks and District Local History Group
St. Anns Allotments Association
Stapleford and District Local History Society
Sutton Heritage Society
Thomas Forman Heritage Society
Thoroton Society
The Very Local History Group
Warsop Vale Local History Society
West Bridgford and District Local History Society
Wollaton Historical and Conservation Society
Woodborough Local History Group

Societies and Organisations in Southwell

Southwell and District Local History Society
Southwell Community Archaeology Group
The Workhouse, Southwell

Societies and Organisations in Newark

National Civil War Centre
Newark Archaeological and Local History Society
Newark Civic Trust
Newark Town Hall Museum – In 1999, Newark Town Council opened up a museum within the Town Hall to allow daily access to its treasures. In addition to the rooms with displays on the first floor, visitors can enjoy an excellent Fine Art Gallery, the Spotlight Gallery and a Civic Gallery on the second floor.

Societies and Organisations in Derbyshire

North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Pentrich and South Winfield Revolution Group

Societies and Organisations in Leicestershire

The Friends of The Centre for English Local History
Nether Broughton History Project
Upper Broughton Local History Group

National organisations dealing with local history

British Association for Local History
English Heritage
The Historical Association
The Institute of Historical Research
The Victoria County History
 and its Heritage Lottery-funded Explore England’s Past website which provides free access to the local history materials produced by academics and volunteers as part of county projects.

Archives, Libraries & Museums

Nottinghamshire County Council (INSPIRE) subscribe to a number of online services which you can access for free from computers in Nottinghamshire libraries. You can also access most of these services from home , but may require your library card details. There are sites such as Ancestry where you can find out about your family history (library access only), or the British Newspaper Archive, or the new John Johnson collection of printed ephemera giving insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Ask in your library for more information.

The British Library has an extensive site, including British Newspapers 1800–1900, where it’s possible to explore over two million newspaper pages from forty-nine national and regional UK titles. Although there are no newspapers listed from Nottingham, for instance, a search on the name Lenton came up with 32 entries, although not all were for Lenton in Nottingham.
The British Museum
Community Archives and Heritage Group
The National Archives
The National Monuments Record
 is the public archive of English Heritage holding over 10 million photographs, records, plans, drawings, reports and publications.
The 1901 census website is managed by Genes Reunited.
Nottinghamshire Archives
The Manuscripts and Special Collections Library at Nottingham University, and its page of links to related organisations.
Bakewell Old House Museum, Derbyshire —‘Five hundred years of history’.
The Flintham Museum — ‘Rural life through the eyes of a village shopkeeper’ .
Nottingham Industrial Museum is located in the 17th century stables block of Wollaton Hall, on the western edge of Nottingham. The museum is run entirely by volunteers, and is open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. There is a small entry fee that goes towards the costs of running the museum.

The Queens Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum holds a unique collection of arms, medals, silver and paintings which illustrate the role played by local regiments in the great battles of the past. The museum is located within Thoresby Courtyard and admittance is free. For further information see

You might also like to try the Derbyshire Record Office which holds the written heritage of Derbyshire and also houses the Picture the Past Project.


Mercian Archaeology
The Council for British Archaeology
Current Archaeology
PastScape has over 400,000 searchable records of England’s archaeological, architectural and maritime sites.


Ancestry is the primary website for family history research.
You should also look at other specialised pages from Ancestry like Family Tree Creator and Last Name Research Tool and 1911 Census.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Family Tree Magazine
Genuki — UK and Ireland Genealogy.
The Society of Genealogists has the largest family history research centre in the UK.
Nottinghamshire Family History Links
Marriage Records is maintained by Tom Wilkinson and has reviews of all the major family history websites, a directory of every UK record office, articles on the history of marriage, original research and more.

History: national

The BBC’s history pages — including People’s War.
Historypin (‘pin your history to the world’) is an eclectic collection of worldwide reminiscences and pictures which aims to ‘bring people together from across different generations, cultures and places’. There are some Nottinghamshire postings, including historic street scenes which can then be laid over a Google view of the same place. — ‘the official home of UK legislation from 1267 to the present day’.
Measuring Worth is website is devoted to historic valuations and exchange rates.
The Poor Law and the Workhouse — especially in Worksop.
Researching Historic Buildings in the British Isles is a must for anyone with an interest in the subject and has lots of useful links to other websites.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions of Britain between 1801 and 2001.
The War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK.
The Workhouse

History: regional & local

The Heart of Albion Press — including publications about local history in the East Midlands.
The Media Archive for Central England publishes an on-line newsletter as a pdf file.
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Labour History Society now has a website where you can find out more about their activities. Parts of it are still ‘under construction’.
Picture the Past is the website of the North East Midland Photographic Record which ‘aims to conserve and make publicly accessible the photographic heritage of the North East Midlands, thus enabling people to see the richness and diversity of the area’s photographic collections.’
The Canalside Heritage Centre project is in Beeston.
Exploring Beeston’s History designed and maintained by David Hallam.
The Hyson Green History Project, is centred on the former Hyson Green flats (where Asda is now).
Lenton Priory was a Cluniac monastery founded in 1106-1107AD.
Our Mansfield and Area has ‘history, memories, photographs and comments about Mansfield and the surrounding area’.
The Nottingham Caves Survey is part of the Nottingham Caves Regeneration Project, which involves surveying the caves with 3D laser scanners. There are now a number of amazing ‘flythroughs’ some of the cave systems.
Fothergill Watson (he later changed his name to Watson Fothergill) was one of the leading local architects practicing in the Nottingham area from about 1870 to 1906.
The Nottingham Labour Movement
People’s Histreh
 is a blog from Nottingham Radical History Group.
The Nottingham Women’s History Group aims to ‘celebrate, promote and research the contribution of women to Nottingham’s history’.
The Great Central Railway, Nottingham, has a new website with loads of information about events and timetables, plus lots of photographs.
The Nottinghamshire History website ‘is designed to offer local and family historians a wealth of material on all aspects of the county’s history and also act as a gateway to other useful resources.’
Nottinghamshire History Blog has news, events, publications and snippets of information relating to Nottinghamshire’s history.
The Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1986 and gave its first grants in 1987. It raises money to grant-aid historic churches and chapels in Nottinghamshire and is non-denominational.
Nottinghamshire National Union of Mineworkers’ Banners
Nottinghamshire National Union of Mineworkers’ History
Nottinghamshire Oral History 
is a page of information, about oral history projects across the county, from the website of the East Midlands Oral History Archive.
Our Nottinghamshire is ‘a new interactive local history website’ which has recently been established by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Nottinghamshire’ s Rainbow Heritage is a Lottery funded gay history project.
Thurgarton’s History — exploring the history of this Nottinghamshire village.


Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, Gordon, New South Wales


Tutor Hunt is a ‘completely free service for tutors whereby students can find the nearest tutor to them who matches their requirements’.
First Tutors ‘have tutors for all academic levels across a considerable breadth of subjects: from primary school to postgraduate and everything in between’.
Historic UK, which describes itself as The History and Heritage Guide, now has a Historic England Guide, which includes a page on Nottinghamshire.

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