Rewarding Restoration: The Harry Johnson Award 2018

Entries are now invited for the increasingly popular and prestigious HARRY JOHNSON AWARD 2018 – run every alternate year jointly by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust and the Nottingham Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, both energetic guardians of Nottinghamshire’s heritage.

Projects should have been completed within three years prior to the application deadline of 30th June 2018. The support of the building owners is, of course, essential for the provision of detailed information and co-operation with the judges to arrange a visit.

Previous award-winners have included:

  • 2010 Restoration. The Coach House, Orston. New. Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton.
  • 2012 Restoration. The Old Pumphouse, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. New. Healy’s Wharf, Newark.
  • 2014 Restoration. Orchard Cottages, Epperstone. New. The Court, Epperstone.
  • 2016 Restoration. Turncroft Farm, Edingley. New. Wright’s Place, Keyworth.

A nomination form is available from the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust, Minster Chambers, Church Street, Southwell NH25 0HD and via e-mail A modest entry fee of £25 is required to cover the costs of administration and the Award certificates. Judging is scheduled for July / August 2018.

East Midlands History Postgraduate Conference: Identity and Community in History

Nottingham Trent University’s Postgraduate History Conference team are pleased to announce this year’s conference, to be held on Thursday 12th July. This theme aims to address and facilitate the discussion of concepts of Identity and Community, broadly defined. Researchers may choose to consider what is defined as community, people’s relationships with their locale, and how identities are formed.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

  1. National and local identities
  2. Physical, metaphysical and emotional communities
  3. Immigration and communities built around ‘the other’
  4. The construction of imagined communities

We would like to invite papers from postgraduate researchers not only from History and Heritage, but from a variety of disciplines, from universities across the East Midlands. Papers may address any time period or region, and should be no longer than 20 minutes.

We also welcome proposals for themed panels, either from one specific subject area, or from individual institutions. Additionally, we invite MA and MRes students to submit proposals – these can either be 20 minute papers, or they may choose to propose shorter 10 minute papers, which will be grouped as a single panel.

Abstracts of 200 – 250 words should be sent to the Conference Team at by Wednesday 6th June 2018

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Team at the email address above.

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Tours of the Peel Street Caves (Friday 11 May-Sunday 13 May)

Nottingham City Museums and Galleries are pleased to present an exciting opportunity to explore Nottingham’s largest cave system, which has not been open to the public in many years.

Rouse’s sandmine off Mansfield Road was created between around 1780 and 1810 and has many fascinating original features created by James Rouse, as well as its later uses as a Victorian and early 20th century tourist attraction, and Second World War air raid shelter.

Nicknamed the Mammoth Cave because of its vast size and winding passages, which make this cave system a labyrinth, this is a unique experience unlike any other cave tour in the city.

Nottingham’s City Archaeologist, Scott Lomax, will lead tours of this cave system and will provide a fascinating history of the caves, revealing many little-known facts and anecdotes.

The tour will last approximately one hour, with an additional twenty minutes safety induction prior to entering the cave.

It is essential that all participants wear suitable, flat-soled footwear with good tread. Warm clothing is also recommended due to the slightly cool temperature within the cave. Hard hats and torches will be provided. The cave is entered via concrete steps and is not suitable for those with limited mobility. If you have any concerns regarding whether any medical condition could be a problem, please contact Scott Lomax at

This tour is not suitable for anyone aged under 12. Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To book please visit:

Rags to Witches: The grim tale of children’s stories

The next exhibition from Manuscripts & Special Collections, Rags to Witches: The grim tale of children’s stories, is due to open on 4th May at the Weston Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts until 26 August. Using original archives and rare books, it explores a range of children’s stories and traditional tales, from the beloved to the forgotten tales that never got a happily ever after.

Local material on display includes the first English-language publication of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories from 1846. It was translated by Nottingham’s Mary Howitt, who was so captivated by his stories that she learnt Danish specifically to translate them. A successful children’s author of the time, her best-known poem, The Spider and the Fly, will also be on display. There are also some pencil sketches by Victorian children’s illustrator Kate Greenaway, presented to the University of Nottingham in remembrance of her childhood years living in Rolleston.

There will also be a programme of related talks taking place at 1 – 2 pm in the Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park. They are free but need to be booked in advance from or calling the Box Office on 0115 846 7777

  • Thursday 10 May: Uses of Fairy Tales: Enchanting Ideologies and Radical Transformations

Rachel Palfreyman, Associate Professor in German Studies at the University of Nottingham, discusses how fairy tales have been interpreted, ranging from their exploitation for political purposes to Bettelheim’s orthodox and much-criticised Freudian approach – and how readers brush ideology aside to return to the stories again and again.

  • Thursday 5 July: Storytellers: Cinderella, Pinochio and the remarkable role of translators in the history of British children’s literature

When we see a child enjoy the stories of Cinderella and Pinochio, or engrossed in an Asterix album, it is easy to forget the role of a translator in producing English versions of these tales. Gillian Lathey, Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton London, will introduce some of these invisible storytellers and pay homage to their neglected craft.

  • Thursday 26 July:  Readers and Their Books in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Colin Heywood, Emeritus Professor of Modern French History at the University of Nottingham, focuses on the society and culture in which children were raised in the 19th century. This talk will cover the massive increase in the quantity and quality of literature written specifically for children in 19th century Britain, which included a shift in content, from heavily didactic works to those concerned above all with giving pleasure to their readers. It will also analyse the underlying forces at work, notably the growing interest in childhood and education, and the achievement of near-universal literacy.

The Nottinghamshire Historian

Articles are invited for the autumn issue of The Nottinghamshire Historian, which will focus on the First World War (and its impact, legacy, commemoration and later representation). We welcome articles of 2-4 sides (up to approximately 2000 words), in addition to shorter summaries of projects, archives and collections, calls for information, ‘stories from the archive’, or examinations of the modern-day experience of recovering and (re)telling the stories of this time. The deadline for submission is 1 August. For more information please contact Alison at

The Suicide Club

Bingham Musical Theatre Company’s  next performance is ‘The Suicide Club’ a moving one Act play about a real-life local soldier to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. The play is based on the diaries of David Polley and was written by Darren Rawnsley (a lincolnshire playwright and poet) and Alan.C.Mott (a historian and Grandson of David Polley)

Performances will take place on 11th, 12th and 13th May 2018 at Radcliffe British Legion, 17 Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham, NG12 2BB and later in the year at Bingham Methodist Church (Nov 8-9th)

Come along to commemorate the soldiers who fought for our country 100 years ago. Re-enactors will be there across the performance dates so you can see what life would have been like for a WW1 soldier. You will then see this moving tale brought to life through the cast of Bingham Theatre Company and listen to a short history talk by Alan.C.Mottto understand the real life of David Polley. AND….all of this is included in the same ticket price!

  • WW1 re-enactors will set the scene for life as a soldier
  • One Act Play ‘The Suicide Club’ performance, based on the real-life story of local soldier David Polley
  • After the show listen to a short history talk, bringing to life the actual diaries for David Polley and his life by historian Alan.C.Mott!

Tickets include access to re-enactors, show and history talk and can be bought on the door or in advance at

£10 – adults (16+)

£5 concession (under 16 and OAP)”oa1″ width=”211″ height=”56″>Date Re-enactor Event Opening Show Opening and history talk
Friday 11th May 6.30pm 7.30pm
Saturday 12th May 6.30pm 7.30pm
Sunday 13th May 12pm and 2pm 1pm and 3pm

Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour

The new Embankment Nottinghamshire WW1 memorial will incorporate the names of those local people who died in World War I. if you are aware of any names which are not currently included in the Roll of honour please have a look at:
or  let David Nunn have any names through this simple email address:

The Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour is a permanent tribute to local men and women who died during the First World War. Until now, no list of Nottinghamshire’s Great War dead has ever been compiled and many communities did not keep written records of 1914-18 losses. This project aims to correct historic injustices by finally paying homage to the fallen and creating a unique, centralised archive for researchers, historians and the general public.

Enhancing Nottingham’s Local List.

Increasing coverage to support the protection of Nottingham’s heritage.

This article has been reproduced from Historic England Research What’s New which is available at and at as a downloadable PDF.

Claire Price is a PhD student with the University of York and Historic England. Her research focuses on statutory and non-statutory heritage lists in England. Prior to her PhD,Claire was the Listed Buildings Caseworker for the Council for British Archaeology.

Research into Old Basford, an easily- overlooked suburb of Nottingham, has highlighted the impact of industries associated with lace manufacture, as well as the area’s development from village to suburb. In particular, the workplaces and homes of prominent industrial-era lace bleachers were identified, as well as the gentry residences of the pre- enclosure village.

The research was undertaken during a work placement at Nottingham City Council, which was part of a collaborative PhD co- funded by Historic England. It produced a historic area assessment and identified new assets to be added to the local list, thus contributing to one of Nottingham’s Heritage Action Zone projects. More widely, the research considered how best to support the protection of locally listed assets through Article 4 directions; trialled the local list selection criteria; and set a methodology which could be followed by local volunteers seeking to continue the local list enhancement project in other parts of Nottingham.

Old Basford

Old Basford is today a suburb of Nottingham. It is a centre for light industry, has good transport links into the city centre, and is also increasingly significant as a residential area. Its character is mixed, and defined by the close proximity of industrial buildings to residential and housing infill, creating streets in which buildings of diverse eras sit side by side. The medieval village of Old Basford is difficult to discern to the untrained eye, but a glimpse survives of it in the form of the Grade II* listed church of St Leodegarius, and two Grade II-listed 18th- century houses. Entries on the National Heritage List for England recognise some of Old Basford’s most important assets – the brewery, maltings, cemetery chapel, and a pub – but little had been formally identified at a more local level The research uncovered some buildings of architectural value that have previously been overlooked, such as an 18th-century house whose poor condition in the early 1990s probably accounts for its omission from the first local list. It has now been renovated and stands as a fine example of Georgian domestic architecture, revealing the lifestyle of Basford’s gentry at this period. Its gate piers, still inscribed with the owner’s surname and now incorporated into the entrance of the local brewery, show the extent of the grounds of the house.

Historical accounts of Old Basford have captured the attention of local people, including their representatives in the local authority. Where these match with surviving historic fabric, new assets have been added to the local list. The Fox and Crown, for example is a Victorian building on the site of a much earlier pub called The Bowling Green, which attracted day trippers from Nottingham in the 18th century, highlighting the rural nature of Basford at that time. As there was no police station, the landlord of The Bowling Green was in 1707 also a gaoler. The cellars were used as the local lock-up and may still be there today. These associations are important links to the history of Basford as a village.

Other additions to the local list reveal a different aspect of its history: the Victorian industrialisation and growth of the village thanks to its role in bleaching works, which were an important element in Nottingham’s famous lace industry. The River Leen and the Day Brook provided the ample water essential to this process. A factory and a house have been added to the local list as they illustrate the home and workplace of a bleachworks owner in the late 19th century. The factory building, retaining a plaque reading ‘George Pearson and Co/Bleachers Dyers and/Lace Finishers’ is a rare survival of an industry which transformed Basford from small village to industrialised suburb within a century These are just a few examples of the heritage assets highlighted by the project. Designation of a conservation area was considered but it was decided that the scattering of individual assets in the area lacked a unifying character, with little positive contribution from the spaces and buildings in between: as a result, these structures better merited management through local listing. The suggestions for the local list were then used to pilot the criteria to be used across Nottingham, which utilise Historic England’s guidance for local lists.

Using Article 4 directions

It was also important to consider how best to give local designation weight in the planning system. Nottingham has a policy within its local plan, and this could be supported by the production of a supplementary planning document, along with training for council staff in how to deal with non-designated heritage assets. The research examined a further option in support of local listing: use of Article 4 directions. Article 4 directions can come with a wide range of permitted development rights: these include alteration, painting of exteriors, and the positioning of satellite dishes. Article 4 directions also offer protection to locally listed assets beyond recognition through the National Planning Policy Framework, and can be tailored to the characteristics of a place. The research suggests that it would be beneficial to implement a single Article 4 direction preventing demolition for all locally listed buildings outside of a conservation area. This strategy conserves resources while bringing locally listed buildings outside a conservation area into equivalence with those inside one, and thus offers clarity across the system. The consultation process for adoption to the local list can be combined with the consultation for Article 4 directions, thus avoiding duplication. Again keeping resources in mind, the compensation payments associated with Article 4 directions can usually be avoided if 12 months’ notice is given before the direction comes into force.

Making local lists work

The local list selection process must work alongside the planning process if it is to be effective. A rigorous approach to selection is beneficial as it enables the local list to be a trustworthy flag to planners of heritage value, and thus less easily challenged by planning applicants. For this reason, it is vital to review the content of those local lists that have evolved gradually over time. It is also important to note that the creation of a local list should not exclude assets which are not on it from having value. Such structures may still be considered as ‘non-designated heritage assets’, as stated in the National Planning Policy Framework. It may be wise to state this in supporting documentation.

The goal for Nottingham is to adopt a local list which is known and used by local people as well as being a robust planning document. Once adopted, anyone can nominate a building for inclusion in Nottingham’s list. The research project included several activities aimed at the general public: a walking tour of Old Basford, an article in the local press, and a training event for voluntary researchers. These promoted the heritage of the area, encouraging pride in the local landscape, the value of which is easily overlooked. Furthermore, the training day passed on a methodology that depended on locally available resources: it can thus enable volunteers to expand knowledge of Nottingham’s heritage and identify further candidates for the local list.

Overall, the research contributed to wider thinking on the local list adoption process which was taking place as part of the Heritage Action Zone project, and its results will enable the local list to work well for local communities and planners alike



Faces of Change: Votes for Women

National Portrait Gallery exhibition launches at National Trust’s The Workhouse, Southwell

From 29 April to 22 July 2018, visitors can view the exhibition between 12:00 and 16:00 in The Workhouse. The exhibition will then move on to two other National Trust properties – Killerton, Devon, (4 August – 31 October 2018) and then to Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland, (November 2018 – February 2019.)

 In 2018, the National Trust is celebrating 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote and is holding events and exhibitions at its places to explore the lives of those who fought for suffrage, as well as others who influenced change throughout history.

The Workhouse will be commemorating this milestone with a special programme of events. ‘Struggle for Suffrage: Workhouse Women and the Vote’ highlights historical local women connected to The Workhouse, both the suffragists and the militant suffragettes who fought to have their voices heard.

As part of the centenary commemorations, The Workhouse will be the first of three Trust places to stage a touring exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Launching at The Workhouse on 29 April, ‘Faces of Change – Votes for Women’ will be drawn from the National Portrait Gallery Collection and will include well-known but also rarely seen paintings, drawings, photographs and archival documents.

 At The Workhouse, over 35 photographs, prints, drawings and paintings from the Gallery’s Collection will be displayed, celebrating key figures in the national campaign for women’s suffrage. This includes not only the working women who joined the campaign, whose lives were deeply affected by the lack of political representation, but also titled women who played a key role in forcing through change.

For The Workhouse, one of the most exciting original photographs from the National Portrait Gallery is of Lady Laura Elizabeth Ridding, the first female guardian of The Workhouse Southwell, a significant Suffragist and supporter of working women’s rights all her life.

Jan Overfield-Shaw, Creative and Community Officer at The Workhouse says:

“The exhibition has been designed to celebrate key figures in the national campaign for women’s suffrage. From formal paintings to militant propaganda, the portraits on display will complement the unique stories of disenfranchised and working women associated with The Workhouse.”

Rosie Broadley, 19th and 20th-Century Collections Curator, National Portrait Gallery says:  

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to have the opportunity to share its collection of portraits of key figures in the campaign for women’s suffrage with three wonderful National Trust properties.  Some of the works in the exhibition have special resonance with these properties and it is very exciting to see these stories brought to life through this collaboration.”