New Website for Haggs Farm Preservation Society

D.H. Lawrence found in Haggs Farm, Underwood, Nottinghamshire, the people who lived there and the surrounding countryside, his “first incentive to write”. The farm and the Chambers family who resided there at the turn of the century provided the models for Miriam’s farm and family in Sons and Lovers,  (the Miriam  Leivers character being closely based on that of Jessie Chambers) and inspired his first novel The White Peacock, as well as many of his early poems and short stories.

The Haggs Farm Preservation Society was formed in March 1986 to encourage the preservation  of the farm buildings and to reinforce the vital importance of Haggs Farm to the early formative years of D.H. Lawrence’s development as an internationally renowned writer.

Arnot Hill Auxiliary Hospital: A New Book by Bob Massey

The story of Arnold’s World War One hospital – Snippets from History Vol 6 by BOB MASSEY –  £4.95

Available from NG Magazines, Studio 3 Mapperley, Floralands Catfoot Lane, MSR News Arnold, The Bookcase Lowdham and Five Leaves Bookshop Nottingham.

Officially launched on 24th November 2018 at Bob’s presentation for Arnold Local History Group’s Great War commemoration event at Arnold Library. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War Arnold Local History Group present an exhibition from Saturday 3rd to Friday 30th November in the exhibition space in Arnold library.

New website of Nottingham photos

Nottingham in 1751 – looking from West Bridgford.

A new website hosting thousands of Nottingham photographs will be launched from 1 November 2018, one hundred years after the city’s photographic collection was established.

The Picture Nottingham site at builds on the success of its predecessor, Picture the Past, and will enable visitors to view thousands of images capturing our rich social heritage ranging over 200 years.

Images include some of the oldest Nottingham photographs from the 1850s, taken by Samuel Bourne, as well as many local pictures, engravings and sketches dating from the 1700s onwards.

Nottingham Local Studies Library has a significant photograph and image collection which began in 1918 when an appeal was sent out by the library to the Nottingham public for photographs of the local area. The response was excellent and many valuable photographs were presented, and so began the collection which now contains tens of thousands of images of local people, places and events.

Nottingham Local Studies staff welcome sharing often unique images and photographs with the public but this has to be balanced with the need to care and conserve those resources for future generations.  Digitisation of photographs resolves that dilemma, enabling everyone to view them while ensuring that handling of the originals is kept to a minimum.

Staff said: “Here at Nottingham Local Studies Library, we continue to collect photographs – if you have images which you wish to donate to our collection you can do so on Picture Nottingham.  We especially welcome photographs of views of local areas showing buildings, people, customs, activities and industry, both past and present.”

Picture Nottingham offers the opportunity to purchase quality prints as well as other merchandise overlaid with images from the website.  For more visit the website at

Derby and Derbyshire photographs will continue to be hosted on Picture the Past

Nottinghamshire photographs are available at

Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’

Exhibition opening Thursday 13 December 2018, 5-7pm Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts. Join us for the opening of Manuscripts and Special Collections’ latest exhibition, Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’.

The exhibition will be on view at the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts from Friday 14th December 2018 – Sunday 7th April 2019

Foresters and felons, poets and poachers, discover the unusual tales of Nottinghamshire’s woodlands and the people who have worked, lived and been inspired by them in Manuscripts and Special Collections latest exhibition, Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’.

Ancient Woodlands: Thursday 31 January 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts.

Woodland history is an important tool in nature conservation. The leading forest ecologist and historian Dr George Peterken will discuss how historical maps and records were used to construct the Ancient Woodland Inventory, which identifies and records information about woods that are believed to have been in existence since at least 1600. He shows how history facilitates woodland management decisions and generates public interest and support for woods and forests.

Exhibition tour: Thursday 31 January 2019, 2.30 – 3.30 pm Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts

Join the exhibition curator, Professor Charles Watkins, for a guided walk through of the exhibition and learn about the stories behind the items on display.

The Sherwood Forest Trust – Past, Present and Future: Thursday 21 February 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

The world’s most famous heritage forest, legendary stomping ground of Robin Hood, a magnet for tourists since Victorian times – Sherwood Forest is special. The Sherwood Forest Trust exists to champion the conservation, preservation and celebration of this ancient forest. Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Trust, will talk about how the Trust was formed, the range of works that have been done in the past, where they are at the moment and plans for the future.

The Changing Nature of Sherwood Forest: Thursday 21 March 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

How has Sherwood forest been represented and understood over the last 400 years? Professor Charles Watkins of the University of Nottingham examines the diverse ways that artists, poets, novelists and naturalists have valued the forest.


The National Justice Museum Commemorates the Centenary of WW1 with a Special Evening of Stories by the Acclaimed Performers the Woolly Tellers

Reflecting on conflicts from 1918 to the present day, David Brookes and Mick Whysall, who write and perform as The Woolly Tellers, present a new show ‘Voices’ at the National Justice Museum on the eve of Armistice Day.  Featuring tales of those in uniform and the civilians on the home front, The Woolly Tellers interpret stories, tales and anecdotes with humanity and humour.

One of their tales explores the courage and tenacity of the Canary Girls at the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell.  Nicknamed Canaries because the TNT dyed their skin yellow and turned their hair green, the workers witnessed one of the deadliest explosions of WWI, where 134 were killed, and yet returned to work the following day. Tragically WWI was not to be ‘the war to end all wars’ and the evening explores many other narratives, telling tales of the brave fire watchers and air raid wardens of WW2, and the human cost of more recent conflicts.

David Brookes and Mick Whysall are both experienced storytellers and joined forces as The Woolly Tellers after performing with the Story Tellers of Nottingham. Each with a distinctive style and delivery they have captivated audiences in Nottingham and beyond.

Voices: The Woolly Tellers

7.30pm Saturday 10 November


To book: 0115 9520555 or

National Justice Museum, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses Memorial

by Dan Lucas

The memorial, including the nurses homes, was conceived as a memorial to all of the war dead from Nottingham, in the region of 14,000 people, and followed a campaign by ex-servicemen in 1919 to have a ‘useful’ memorial. Of course it is one of several memorials in the City.

The memorial bronzes being restored now refer to the homes above, which came into NHS ownership in 1948, and were finally sold on closure of the General Hospital site in the 1990s.

More information at

Following closure of the site by the NHS, the memorial bronzes were not restored when the building was converted to apartments, so they have looked rather neglected in recent years.

Working jointly with the owners, The Park Conservation Trust sought funding to carry out restoration work in time for the centenary of the 1918 armistice, in November.

Restoration work has been funded by:

  • War Memorials Trust (the charity distributing government funds to mark the centenary of World War One)
  • The Park Conservation Trust
  • Royal Standard House & City Point (RSH) resident owners
  • Nottingham Civic Society

More information about the memorial is available here:

Restoration work is scheduled to be complete by late October (and the area around the plaques is already completed), in time for the Armistice centenary date.

There has been some local press coverage of the work:

With the restoration work drawing to a close, the Park Trust and the owners have turned to thinking about how the restoration can be marked, and the memorial’s significance drawn to wider attention given the obvious historical significance for the City and County.

Radcliffe WW1 Group Armistice Centenary

Radcliffe WW1 Group invites you to their events commemorating the end of the First World War.

POPPY TRAIL: View fourteen wreaths commemorating Radcliffe men who lost their lives in WW1.
Displayed in Radcliffe Oct 15-Nov 12.

Pick up a Poppy Trail pamphlet from Grange Hall, the library or Pen2Paper.

Join our guided walks from Oct 17-Nov 10
Tel 0115 9332685 to book.

Follow the trail online using our interactive map at

TALKS: ‘Radcliffe 1918: what happened next ?
November 1st 7.30 pm at Grange Hall.
Tickets £2 on the door.
The talk will also be given at the U3A meeting on Nov 1st.

EXHIBITION: Twelve posters exploring the impact of
WW1 and its aftermath on Radcliffe.

View posters at:

  • The Grange Nov 1-7
  • St Mary’s Church Nov 8-11
  • Radcliffe library Nov 12-26.

For more information
phone Marion Caunt 0115 9332685

‘By the People – For the People’ Coal Nationalisation Exhibition, at the Nottinghamshire Mining Museum.

The Friday and Saturday openings (10.00 am – 4.00 pm) have been extended into October and November.

Schools and group bookings have a priority on a Friday. It may be possible to visit on a Friday, but you are advised to consult the Nottinghamshire Mining Museum Facebook page if you are planning a visit on a Friday, in case Schools have been booked in and the Museum is full.

The Nottinghamshire Mining Museum Exhibition is situated in the East Unit of Mansfield Railway Station, Station Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 5RN

Exploring and Mapping the Historic Landscape around Newark

5 sessions November 2018-April 2019

Be involved in creating the storyboard for a video which aims to unravel landscape development around Newark from the present day back into the Ice Age by using the evidence from topography, geology, archaeology and historical maps and documents.

We’ll start with satellite images like Google-Earth, then examine the evidence for changes through time until we can focus on the landscape which emerged at the end of the Ice Age. As we work backwards, using geographical and historical map regression, our study will provide an essential backdrop to investigations of all periods of time.

Our focus will be around the interfluve of the Rivers Trent and Devon, and, besides seeking the hidden late glacial landscape, will assemble the evidence for river movements around Newark essential to the understanding of historic landscapes (e.g. the Civil War) and the parish boundaries studied by the CBA Parish Boundaries project

  • Tues 6th November 2018Ursilla Spence (Nottinghamshire County Council) – Interrogating the Historic Environment Record for archaeological data
  • Tues 4th December 2018Colin Baker (author/ contributor to Mercian Geologist) – Coversands and investigating past landscape from borehole and auger records
  • Tues 12th February 2019Leanne Hughes (British Geological Survey) – Insights from correlating the records of topography and superficial geology

Other sessions on 12th March and 2nd April 2019

For the first session each day specialists will talk about their work in archaeology and geology, and then engage in question and answer sessions. The second session will focus on assembling material from that topic on a map using a freely available Geographical-Information-System (QGIS). The IT sessions will be led by Ian Ross, so provide opportunities to learn more, or be introduced to, computer mapping tools. We will also identify resources that need further research, so be prepared to conduct your own research at museums and/or Record Offices to track down new data to contribute to the overall map. Our work will be incorporated into a ‘fly-through’ of the landscape for an interactive web-resource for the Ice Age Journeys project and who knows how much more history will be revealed?

Session 11-1pm. Presentations led by specialists about topographical, geological and archaeological sources for landscape changes. All welcome.

2-4pm practical workshop and GIS sessions to assemble information and identify resources to research. Bring your own laptop (also some available to use).

QGIS users very welcome (download QGIS3 onto your laptop ), but no detailed knowledge required and suitable for those with a basic IT literacy (e.g. use of word/spreadsheet/internet).

Venue: Community Space at the Newark Civil War Centre, 14 Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JY. Long-stay car parking on Tolney Lane/Riverside Park NB24 1BZ

We will request a donation of £3 to contribute to the funds required to match the Heritage Lottery Funding which supports these sessions.

For queries, or to reserve your place: send your name and postcode to

National Games of Remembrance 8 November 2018: Notts County FC and Nottingham Forest FC

To mark the Centenary of the end of World War One, the Games of Remembrance Project will not only bring a very special event to Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands but will also include a National Education Programme, a National Awareness Programme and a National Legacy Programme – we hope you can be part of the Project and come to a match.

More details about the Games of Remembrance project can be found at

Groups may wish to “Film a Tribute” to remember the nearly 300 Professional Footballer-Soldiers who died in World War One, the several 1000 professional footballers who joined up and fought in the War, the tens of 1000s of local amateur footballers who also fought in the War and a generation of women who made vital contributions to the War effort as well as keeping football alive during the War period. It is hoped that this will develop the awareness of World War One among young people who enjoy football – the attached guide will provide examples and all the information they will need.

One of the Games of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November 2018 is scheduled for a 7pm kick off to make it as accessible as possible community groups. The match will also have a youth friendly Fan Zone which will focus on history, fun, information, music and football. The match experience will include loads of activities, displays, military music and will create a very special commemoration occasion in full partnership with the German Armed Forces.

As many free tickets will be provided to organised community group trips as possible and it may also be possible to fund coach/bus travel for some groups in the East Midlands region. If you are interested in conducting a group trip to the Games of Remembrance on Thu 8 Nov 2018 please could you send an email to with the following information (for planning purposes):

Name and address of Community Group:

Point(s) of Contact:

Contact Details: (Email or Telephone Number):

We would be interested in bringing a community group trip to the 7pm Kick Off match?:

How large do you think your community group trip would be (adults and children)?

We would be interested in free transport?

With very best wishes.

Colonel Richard Hayhurst OBE
Vice Chairman of the Army Football Association and Director of the Games of Remembrance Project
Army Football Association Charitable Fund
(A Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England under number 07797047)
Registered Charity No: 1144459
Registered office: Army Football Association, Mackenzie Building, Fox Lines, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 2LB