Jane Streeter writes: Hello again – and thanks so much to everyone who has attended the opening events of this year’s special festival!
We are off to a flying start – with Miranda Seymour and Byron on fine form last night, a fantastic Booklover’s Walk around Nottingham this morning and an inspirational session with Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, this afternoon.
Lots more to come in this month packed with wonderful authors – tomorrow we are really looking forward to welcoming back Karen Maitland with her medieval murders and mysteries. Karen is a brilliant speaker – there are still tickets left for this event at 2pm on Tuesday 4th June in Lowdham Methodist Chapel so do come along for what will definitely be a mesmerising afternoon.
And then on Wednesday 5th June I really urge you to come along to Southwell Library for a crime-filled evening with C J Tudor and Sarah Ward. If you haven’t read their novels let us be the ones to introduce you……
I will stay in touch as the festival progresses – please see below for The Festival At A Glance! Full details are on The Bookcase website so please take a look – www.thebookcase.co.uk – click on Events and the Lowdham Book Festival.
Booking as always either over the counter at The Bookcase, 50 Main Street, Lowdham – or on our Box Office line 0115 966 3219.
Tues 4th June 2pm Historical Mystery, Murder and Magic with Karen Maitland
Wed 5th June 7.30pm Meet the Author – C.J Tudor with Sarah Ward
Thurs 6th June 1pm Victoria Hislop in conversation with Anne Zouroudi
Sat 8th June 10am Baby Photoshoot!
Sun 9th June 11am Explore, Expand, Engage with Philippa Bottrill
Wed 12th June 2pm Meet the Author – Phil McCann on Cricket Teas
Thurs 13th June 2pm Written on the Shore – poetry with Pauline Prior-Pitt
Fri 14th June 2pm Father’s Day Stories and Crafts for pre-schoolers
4pm Journey Around My Dad writing workshop
Mon 17th June 10.30am Food at the Festival with Jackie Skinner
Wed 19th June 2pm Edwardian Nottingham in Postcards
Thurs 20th June 7pm An Evening with David Almond and Julia Green
Fri 21st June 2pm The Restless Kings with Nick Barratt
7.30pm An Evening with Joanne Harris
Sat 22nd June 10.45am Reading Group morning – Diane Setterfield & Fanny Blake
Sun 23rd June 1.45pm Alan Johnson and John Holmes in conversation
3.30pm Prosecco and Poetry with Jane Wyles & Fiona Theokritoff
7pm Festival Film – Colette + French Living food
Mon 24th June 7pm An Evening with Michael Rosen
Tues 25th June 7.30pm The Lost Boys with Catherine Bailey
Wed 26th June 1.45pm Libby Page and Richard Roper
7.30pm Agatha, Poirot and Me with Sophie Hannah
8pm Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernardi
Sat 29th June 10am Bookstalls, talks, activities, children’s tent
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you as always!
Old Mansfield Society’s centenary exhibition currently on display in the Mansfield Museum and due to finish on 31st May will now run through until early October. The exhibition has proved to be a resounding success and has been granted a second extension. Visitor numbers have exceeded all expectations and the level of interest has been across all age groups.
‘Edwardian Nottinghamshire in colour’ is a fascinating look into the early 20th century through the eyes of photographer Albert Hindley and his amazing picture postcards in the ‘Clumber’ series, with photos taken at the same locations today. We’ve spent the last two months going to 125 places within a 10-mile radius of Nottingham city centre and recreating the Edwardian postcard photo location. It has been fun, and I hope readers will enjoy the result.
The book is 128pp softback A4 size priced at £11.95, published 19 June 2019 at Lowdham Book Festival, when author Brian Lund and photographer Rob Inglis will be giving a presentation on how they set up the book (2pm, at Southwell Road Community Hall). Tickets from Festival Box Office on 0115 966 3219. The book will also be available at the Lowdham Festival Book Fair on 29 June and at local bookshops and newsagents, or direct from the publishers, Reflections of a Bygone Age, on 0115 937 4079 or at www.postcardcollecting.co.uk
May 2019 – April 2020
Launching in May 2019, we’re pleased to announce ‘When We Worked at Raleigh’, a project led by Nottingham Black Archive and Primary that will document the experiences of members of the Windrush generation and their descendants who worked for Raleigh Industries between 1950s–1980s. Over the coming months, Nottingham Black Archive will collect oral histories and historical material – documenting arrival, day-to-day experiences, and contributions to challenging racism and increasing equality in the workplace in one of Nottingham’s most famous industries. Working with artists and sound designers we will produce a series of podcasts, artworks and a mobile exhibition to share these stories.
‘When We Worked At Raleigh’ seeks to uncover the histories of African Caribbean workers at Raleigh Industries. Previously based in the Howitt Building on Lenton Boulevard, Raleigh manufactured bicycles in the mid-Twentieth Century that were distributed internationally – one of the main exportation sites being Jamaica. At one point almost every African Caribbean household in the city had at least one member of the family employed by Raleigh. Whilst many cities celebrate their historic buildings and industries, the contribution of minority groups – their day to day lived experiences, the challenges they faced, and their contributions to creating more equality in the workplace – are often overlooked. Recognising, commemorating and learning from this contribution feels essential in contemporary Britain, where members of this community have been hit by the Windrush Scandal, and both established and new communities are affected by the ‘hostile environment’.
Did you work at Raleigh between the 1950s–1980s?
Nottingham Black Archive are documenting stories of African and Caribbean employees. If you would like to share your experiences please contact moc.liamg@evihcrakcalbmahgnitton
Can we remind researchers that up to £2000 is available for people undertaking research into Nottinghamshire history. This is thanks to Geoffrey Bond’s generous grant of £1000 together with another £1000 from Thoroton Society funds. Applications are invited from individuals or societies which will need to be sent to the Honorary Secretary of the Thoroton Society by 1st September 2019 at email@example.com
Details of the terms and conditions are available on the Thoroton website at www.thorotonsociety.org.uk or contact Barbara Cast as above.
In 2018 Bassetlaw Christian Heritage was awarded £1000 to continue its project to identify, research and document information on the unique part the Bassetlaw area played in Christian history; to archaeologist Tom Keyworth the sum of £635 for a non-invasive investigation at Lodge Farm, Burton Joyce; and to Jenny Sissons £350 for research into the county’s mediaeval monastic sites.
It is hoped that more individuals and groups will apply for this useful financial support for their research in 2019 and we would urge all researchers to consider whether they could be helped in their endeavours by a grant.
Barbara Cast, Honorary Secretary, Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire
The exhibition runs from Friday 10 May – Sunday 25 August at The Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
The exhibition brings together materials from Manuscripts and Special Collections across the East Midlands, showing how the facts and the fantasies of the Romantic period could encompass the global, the national and the local, the very large and the microscopic. It reveals that male and female Romantic writers and artists were fearless in their engagement with the major issues that confronted them, issues that still resonate with us today. Alongside materials from our own collections we are also presenting exciting art and artefacts on loan from local museums, such as Derby Museums and Newstead Abbey. One loan item of particular interest is the painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, A Cottage on Fire, which we are showing courtesy of Derby Museums.
A major exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery (April 12th – June 30th) will include ephemera, costumes and art from the Mod scene. The exhibition is curated and designed by social history author Shaun Knapp based around his latest book, Mods: Two City Connection, and Joe Nixon, co-founder of Arch Creative. It includes eyewitness accounts and photographs from Leicester and Nottingham Mods, which have never been seen or heard before.
The costumes – as well as original 1960s clothing – will be provided by designer Roger K Burton. One of the most established and well-known costume designers in the UK, Roger K Burton has worked in music videos, television, films and commercials since the late 1970s: he has dressed hundreds of influential artists and bands, from David Bowie to The Rolling Stones. With over 50 years’ experience of collecting vintage street fashion, Roger, an author and former Leicester Mod, started out supplying original clothing to cult films such as Quadrophenia and Absolute Beginners, and now hires original street fashion to TV and film.
The exhibition will also feature input from Alan Fletcher, the author who wrote Quadrophenia (the novel) and was a story consultant on Quadrophenia (the film). Alan also wrote The Mod Crop Trilogy, a trio of books based on his life as a Mod in Nottinghamshire during the 1960s.
New Walk Museum
53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA
April 13th – June 30th 2019
The travelling exhibition, ‘Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)’ moves onto Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall in May 2019, with a special launch event there on Thursday 2nd May 2019 (11am – 1pm). Everyone is welcome to the launch event and free hot drinks and refreshments will be available on the day. Venue address is Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall, Scrooby Road, Harworth, Nottinghamshire, DN11 8JP. The exhibition is on at Harworth until Thursday, 30th May 2019 when it moves onto the National Coalmining Museum for England near Wakefield during June 2019.
The Coal, Community and Change exhibition is funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Further information from Natalie Braber (NTU) on (0115) 848 3011 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org