‘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

Nottinghamshire Unearthed Exhibition

Tuesday 02 October 2018 to Friday 25 January 2019 at The University of Nottingham Museum. Admission FREE

The national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) records archaeological objects found by the public in England and Wales. This year it celebrates its 15th anniversary with more than 13,000 finds from Nottinghamshire recorded on the PAS online database, including coins, tools, weapons and jewellery. It is an important source of information for researchers and for everyone with an interest in history, archaeology and heritage. This exhibition will highlight some of the finds from the county and examine the important contribution they have made to our wider understanding of Nottinghamshire.

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm
Closed on Mondays


Lance Corporal Walter Richard Parker, Stapleford’s World War One V.C. hero

Walter Richard Parker was born on 20 September 1881 at 5, Agnes Street, Grantham. He spent his early years in London moving to Stapleford to begin work at Stanton Ironworks as a coremaker in about 1899. Walter was married to Olive, the daughter of Mr Joseph Orchard, who for many years had been the station master at Stapleford.

Walter enlisted on the 7th September 1914 in the Royal Marine Light Infantry and was attached to the Portsmouth Division. After initial training the Division set sail in February 1915 for the Dardanelles,landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25 April 1915. Five days later on the 30 April he won his V.C. Walter volunteered to take water and ammunition to about 40 men in an isolated trench. To reach the trench he had to negotiate 400 yards of open ground, dubbed the Valley of Death which was raked by heavy Turkish machine gun fire. He managed to reach the trench sustaining two wounds in the process. For the next 24 hours, according to official reports, he tended the wounded “displaying extreme courage and remaining cool and collected in very trying circumstances”. Early the following morning Walter helped to evacuate the wounded, being hit himself on several occasions in the groin, right leg and chest. He was carried to safety by his comrades.

He was invalided out of the Marines in 1916 and returned home to Stapleford. In 1936 he died at the age of 55 and is buried in Stapleford Cemetery. A memorial service in his honour is held annually at Stapleford on the Sunday nearest the 30 April. His medals are displayed at the Royal Marines museum, Southsea.

Collingham Armistice Celebration Exhibition

In collaboration with the Collingham U3A Local History Research Group the Collingham and District Local History Society is mounting an exhibition to celebrate the WW1 Armistice on 9th, 10th & 11th November between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the Youth and Community Centre on Low Street, Collingham. Also involved in preparing posters, presentations, slideshows and refreshments are John Blow Primary School, Collingham WI and a wide range of local artists and writers. A limited print run of dedicated copies of our Journal ‘The Irregular’ will also be on sale. 

View the Collingham in the Great War video here

Could Broadmarsh be the home for a new Central Library for Nottingham?

Nottingham City Council wants people’s views on an exciting new proposal to develop a modern Central Library in the revamped Broadmarsh Area. The proposal includes creating Britain’s best children’s library and plans to ensure that the people of Nottingham can enjoy a Central Library fit for future generations.

After successfully creating better libraries in neighbourhoods such as the Dales, Strelley, Hyson Green, St Ann’s and Bulwell, the council now wants to provide a new and impressive Central Library for Nottingham.

A public consultation has now been launched to seek people’s views on this exciting proposal. The consultation document is available at and will run until 11pm on 16 September 2018.

Cllr Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We want to provide a bright, new Central Library. Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature. We have a rich literary heritage and children’s literacy is a big priority for us. We want our children to have access to books, learning, imagination and ideas. That’s why we’re ambitious to build Britain’s best children’s library as part of a new Central Library development.

“When the redevelopment of the Angel Row site was first proposed, we committed to consult on any plans and now we’re asking Nottingham people if they think a new Central Library is a good idea. We also want their views about what a future library should be like. We want to build Britain’s best children’s library, so we are also asking children to send us their designs for their dream library. I’m sure we’re going to get lots of creative ideas.”

You can read more about the proposals on the My Nottingham News website.

Nuthall and District History Society – On the Move!

Starting in September 2018 Nuthall and District History Society are moving their meetings from the Church Hall to the Temple Centre (which adjoins Nuthall Methodist Church) and the meetings will now take place on the first Tuesday of each month staring at 2:30pm.

2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the founding of the society.

In Their Own Write

Would you like to work on a project transcribing and researching letters from 19th century paupers?

We are looking to work with volunteers in the Nottingham area who might be interested in transcribing and researching letters from 19th century paupers and their advocates across the whole of England and Wales. These letters provide an intimate and detailed account of how the recipients of 19th century welfare saw that welfare and how they judged it. They are fascinating accounts written by poor people as they experienced their own and others poverty.

This is the letter from John Burnham, of the parish of Burton Joyce in the Basford Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Board asking for assistance for his wife’s father Samuel Blatherwick who is 71 years old and infirm. He receives 1s 6d and a quarter loaf each week which, Burnham states, is inadequate for his needs. Burnham is a stocking maker and is unable to help his father in law as he has his own family to support.

We will provide training/workshops in Hucknall (Nottinghamshire) and further advice via email and online. If you are interested in taking part in the project please email Dr Paul Carter at

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Managed by The National Archives and the University of Leicester

Our project website

A Selection of Elections: Votes, Suffrage and Reform

Image: The rights of women – or the effects of female enfranchisement, by George Cruikshank, 1853. Fagan Collection of Political Prints, Pol P 5


Friday 7 September to Sunday 2 December 2018 Weston Gallery, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

11am-4pm Tuesday-Friday
Noon-4pm Saturday-Sunday
Closed on Mondays
Admission FREE

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the first UK general election in which some women were entitled to vote. We celebrate that fact by looking back at some memorable elections and exploring how electioneering has changed over the years.

Before the first Reform Act of 1832, few people could vote and powerful aristocrats could sway the results. Papers from the disputed Cumberland election of 1768 reveal stories of coercion, bribery and corruption. Printed ballads and posters give a flavour of the songs and spectacles which attended elections in Nottingham in the early years of the 19th century.

Personalities feature heavily in the exhibition. The 4th Duke of Newcastle is shown opposing the Reform Act, and fiercely criticizing his own son’s election campaign in South Nottinghamshire in 1846. Discover the fascinating story of James Morrison, the wealthy MP for Nottingham East lauded as ‘the friend of the poor’. And learn about the suffragists and suffragettes who campaigned for equal voting rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Using original archives and rare books, this exhibition will illuminate 250 years of political campaigning.

The exhibition has been curated by staff from Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham.

Free Talks

There will be a series of free talks to accompany the exhibition in the Djanogly Theatre. All talks start at 1pm and will last for approximately one hour. Places are limited so please book in advance on 0115 846 7777

A Great Electioneer and his Motives Reconsidered: The 4th Duke of Newcastle – Thursday 27 September

The ‘Great’ Reform Act of 1832 attempted a transformation in the system of parliamentary representation. In what ways did those who opposed the act interpret these changes and feel its consequences? Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, studies a notorious local ‘boroughmonger’ to see different perspectives from those usually advanced in the history books.

Women’s Suffrage up to 1928 – Wednesday 24 October

Val Wood of the Nottingham Women’s History Group considers the impact of the franchise for the women of Nottingham in terms of women’s political representation and suffrage activism in the city from 1918 to 1928. Val refers to the first women councillors and discusses the possible reasons why it took so long to return a female member of Parliament.

New Dawn? The 1997 general election – Wednesday 21 November

1997 represented a dramatic turnaround for a party out of office since 1979. Some say that to win, Blair transformed Labour out of all recognition. Others counter that the party had no alternative but to become ‘New Labour’ and that under Blair it remained true to its historic mission of making society fairer. This talk by Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham, reflects on some of the issues raised by the election, many of which remain relevant today.