First Aeroplane in Lambley about 1918

Christopher Toone wrote: During or shortly after the first world war my grandfather ran out of petrol in his bi-plane whilst flying over the Lambley area and was forced to make an emergency landing. I know that the plane and a group of school children from the village were photographed and I was wondering if anybody has a copy of that photograph that I can borrow. Thank you in advance Christopher Toone

Kay Winfield at Lambley came up with the photo.

Home Cooked Heritage Exhibition

D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum, 8A Victoria Street, Eastwood NG16 3AW

From now until Saturday 18th April the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Home Cooked Heritage’ looking at the recipes that have inspired generations of Nottinghamshire cooks.  Each week collect a different recipe from the exhibition to take home and try for yourself. Then on Saturday 18th April come and try some of the recipes when we put on a FREE tasting event!

Friends of the Forest

The Inclosure Walk

The Friends of the Forest are dedicated to looking after the Forest Recreation Ground – one of the old Town Commons – and early on we found that the Forest was one portion of the land that Nottingham Corporation had kept, in the redistribution by the Nottingham Inclosure Act of 1845, as Allotted Recreation Ground, 130 acres in all.   This far-sighted action was unique in the whole kingdom where other places were lucky to get one or two acres and most, none at all.

The Town Council of that time, with the Inclosure Commissioners, devised an almost continuous walk round what is today the inner core of the city and which was then the outside of the very restricted town.   Consisting of tree-lined walks with interspersed parks this was not difficult for us to redesign 20 years ago.

We have led a walk through what we named “The Inclosure Walk” every summer since, with talks at intervals on the historical aspects of each spot.   We are now in the process of having signs made and erected for all the significant points on the circuit.   This is to make it into a Town Trail that can easily be followed in either direction by anyone looking for it or stumbling across it.

We expect to have an official opening at 1pm on Sunday 28th June 2020 followed by the five-mile walk, with the usual stops on the way round.   It begins near Wilford Bridge by the Trent and finishes on the Forest by the Inclosure Oak that was planted to mark the Act.    Each walk has been started by a person of significance and we hope that they can all return to take part in the permanent fixing of the trail.  It will be opened by Kate Ashbrook of the Open Spaces Society.   The start can be very conveniently reached from the city centre by the Clifton tram, and at the end, on the Forest, the tram can again take walkers back to the centre.

The Nottingham Open Spaces Forum, a charitable body, is looking after the funds for this, and the video made this year of the Walk can be seen on its website, with an opportunity to donate, if individuals or groups wish to,    We hope to keep a fund for the repair and upkeep of the trail, as this is where such projects may founder after a few years, so we ask for donations with this in mind.  We would love to see you at the opening or coming as a group visit after the opening to follow the trail as a society outing.   If anyone feels like making a donation then that would be very welcome too. A cheque, payable to Nottingham Open Spaces Forum, can be sent to: Martin Willis, 4, Branston Walk, Nottingham, NG5 3ET.   Or you can contribute by the link below with the video.   

The access for the video is:

Contact: June Perry, 30 Thorncliffe Road, Nottingham NG3 5BQ

Telephone 0115 960 9221


Sam Millard

Sam does talks to history groups and and is looking to raise awareness of these talks to a wider audience.

She currently has two subjects:

A History Mystery

A History Mystery. Stories from history but what is the one thing that links them all together? In this talk I present a number of short stories that have a common theme but that common theme isn’t obvious. The audience have to play detective to see, after the revelation of clues, if they can guess the link.

The Rufford Park Poachers

In this Sam recounts the true story of the violent confrontation between poachers and gamekeepers in Rufford Park back in 1851. The story was later recorded from the singing of Joseph Taylor. The song is still performed by folk artists to this day. The presentation examines the reasons for the confrontation and separates legend from actuality, going on to look at who was involved and what happened next. It highlights the social history of early Victorian times and reveals the impact of the Enclosures Acts and the Game Law of 1830.

Sam has given both talks to over thirty audiences throughout Nottinghamshire and beyond. Last year the story was presented to venues in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. The story has featured on Notts TV and Radio Nottingham as well as being featured in the East Midlands History and Heritage magazine.

For more information contact Sam Millard

Pilgrims and Prophets: 2020 Historical Coach Tours from Retford, Worksop and Gainsborough

4th April: Visit the famous church of St Wulfrum at Grantham with its historic library and hear stories of the bitter row of its altar which ended with a bishop in prison! Also visit the homeland of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, one of the greatest figures in Nottinghamshire history.

23rd May: Mayflower 400 Commemorative Tour, following the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and how separatism developed in Nottinghamshire’s country churches.

4th July: Visit Ashby de la Zouch, one of the most important puritan centres in the 1500s and 1600s, which has a unique mix of interesting and varied churches. See the memorials of the Hastings family including the famous ‘Methodist Countess’, Selina.

26th September: Visit ancient Yorkshire abbeys and priories at Selby, Snaith and Howden – three of the most interesting churches in England.

All tours cost around or just over £30 each including lunch.

Email us on for full details and to reserve places.

Peaks and Pots: The Life and Work of Felix Oswald

Tue 07 Jan – Sun 29 Mar 2020 at The University of Nottingham Museum : Free

Discover the story of Dr Felix Oswald, the Nottinghamshire Probate Officer, geologist, archaeologist and Roman pottery specialist whose work led to the creation of the University of Nottingham Museum in 1933. This exhibition examines his life, his contribution to archaeology and the history of the university’s Museum. It also brings together previously unseen university collections from both the Museum and Manuscripts and Special Collections Department.

The exhibition is part of Archaeology and Collections in the East Midlands, an exhibition programme that introduces and examines some of the incredible work currently being undertaken throughout the East Midlands by archaeologists, community groups and museums. It also introduces unseen regional collections not usually on display.

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

Georgian Delights: Life During the Reign of George IV (1820-1830)

Exhibition at Lakeside Arts: Friday 13 December 2019 – Sunday 29 March 2020 at the Weston Gallery : Free

George IV became King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover on 29 January 1820. His long apprenticeship for the throne, as Prince of Wales and (after 1811) Prince Regent, made him a colourful and controversial figure. This exhibition, timed to coincide with the bicentenary of George’s accession, examines his life and reign, highlighting the contrasts between the King and his subjects.

The period 1820-1821 was a year of revolutions in Europe and the situation in Britain was hardly less threatening. The government fought to cope with the aftermath of ‘The Peterloo Massacre’ of 1819 and the difficult adjustment to peacetime conditions following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Barely a month into George IV’s reign, a plot to assassinate the cabinet was uncovered, whilst convention required both a General Election and coronation take place. The King also created a constitutional crisis by his determination to divorce his wife, Caroline, and prevent her from being crowned Queen.

This exhibition has been jointly curated by Dr Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History (School of Humanities) and Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham.
Open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Closed on Mondays​

Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
Box Office 0115 846 7777

Significant damage to Worksop Library following flood

Full service to resume Summer 2020

Following exceptional rainfall on Thursday 7 November, Worksop Library on Memorial Avenue suffered a devastating flood throughout the 2000sqm building.

Recovery specialists are currently clearing and cleansing the building, whilst the council and its property partnership ARC develop a programme of works to restore the building for use again.

Due to the significant amount of work required to restore the building, it is estimated that it will be next summer when the library and its services will be fully operational again. This is dependent upon the time taken to dry the building out, the extent of required works and how long it takes to get the various services up and running. The building hosts the library service, adult learning, young people’s study programme, community meetings/events, Café, registration service, adult day care and several Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council office staff.

The building, one of Inspire’s flagship venues, receives over 200,000 visits a year and holds a library stock of 26,000 items, including a large heritage collection. Through the fast work of staff from across Inspire, all the book stock and local heritage items were saved from flood and damp damage and are now stored in safe conditions. Stock is being monitored for relative humidity levels and to ensure no mould is appearing. So far humidity levels are within a permissible range and hopefully indicates the fast action of staff has paid off.

Cllr John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place committee, and also Chair of the Inspire board, said ‘Thank you to staff from across Inspire, the County Council and ARC partnership for their response to the flood.’ He also thanked the local community for their offers of help and reassured them that the building will be restored, and services resumed as soon as possible.

Alternative Provision To help library customers, Balmoral and Carlton In Lindrick community libraries have extended their opening hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday – 9am-4pm), with the nearby Aurora Centre also accepting book returns. Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council are exploring the availability of alternative premises for the library service during Worksop’s closure. The adult learning programme has been relocated to several community venues and the 16-19 study programme is operating from The Crossing. The cultural programme has been suspended, whilst alternative venues are secured.  The ASK Inspire service (01623 677 200) and will continue to provide updated information.

Registration services, including several weddings have been relocated. The office has been temporarily relocated to The Turbine Innovation Centre.  The Day care service is operating from Albion Close.  Contact the Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service centre on 0300 500 8080 for more information.

Further information can be found at and