Bassingham Choir ‘Lost Voices’.

Bassingham Choir are a well established and experienced choir of up to 50 mixed voices led by their musical director, Martyn Taylor and accompanied by Ed Wellman of Lincoln University.

For the last 3 years they have been performing ‘Lost Voices‘ a programme of tunes from the trenches and other music such as Jerusalem, Mozart’s Ave Verum, In Flanders Fields, interspersed with readings written by soldiers during  WW1.

It is a very poignant and moving concert lasting 1hr 10 minutes.

This has been very well received all over Lincolnshire, culminating in an invitation to perform in the Cathedral Chapter house last November 11th.

As it is the Centenary of the ending of the First World War this year, they are looking for venues to perform this work. They are happy to travel within a reasonable distance.

Although it is particularly pertinent to November, they can sing this programme any time.

The choir do not charge and bring their own Clavinova, all they need are chairs and an electric socket.

More information from Di Swales – Chair of Bassingham Choir Tel: 01522 788313 or Mob: 07960606381 email.

The Great Suffrage Pilgrimage and Southwell 1913

The Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913 was a six-week protest march and one of the most successful and largest scale public demonstrations involving many thousands of people, mainly women, bringing the Votes for Women message into many towns and villages across the country. It was organised by the non- militant National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), which was led by Millicent Fawcett. There were six routes in total and the longest route was that of the Great North Road, and it is this route, from Newcastle to London, which passed through the Nottinghamshire area. On the 9th of July 1913 the pilgrimage set off from Mansfield for Southwell, the pilgrims carrying bunches of red and white roses interspersed with green foliage – the colours of the National Union. There were 21 pilgrims on foot. There were also four motor cars: one carrying Millicent Fawcett. This part of the pilgrimage was the only one that she participated in. The route was 15 miles in length and passed through Rainworth, Kirklington and Hockerton before reaching Southwell, where the suffragists held a meeting.

The pilgrims were advised to wear NUWSS rosettes and sashes in the green, white and red of the NUWSS – which stood for Give Women Rights.

As this is the centenary year of some women gaining the vote for the first time (February 1918), on the 11thof August 2018 staff and volunteers from the Southwell Workhouse and supporters of the Nottingham Women’s History Group are planning to walk the route of the pilgrimage from Kirklington to Southwell to celebrate Vote 100. The walk will set off at 12 from Kirklington, then process through Southwell and end with a picnic at Southwell Workhouse at approximately 3pm. Please join the pilgrimage and wear the colours of the pilgrims or full suffrage dress.

Contact details: Rowena Edlin-White  0115 987 3135.

Geoffrey Bond Research Award 2018, The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire

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 funds. Applications are invited from individuals or societies which will need to be sent to the Honorary Secretary of the Thoroton Society by 1stSeptember 2018 at

Details of the terms and conditions are available on the Thoroton website at or contact Barbara Cast as above.

In 2017 awards were made to Southwell Community Archaeology Group for its community archaeology project to research, compare and document the wall-paintings in the Saracens Head, Southwell, and also to Bassetlaw Christian Heritage for its project to identify, research and document information on the unique part the Bassetlaw area played in Christian history and which is held in document form in archives and churches, and also orally.

It is hoped that more individuals and groups will apply for this useful financial support for their research in 2018 and we would urge all researchers to consider whether they could be helped in their endeavours by a grant.

Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology 2018

Saturday 14th – Sunday 29th July 2018

We invite you to join in the 2018 Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology – a chance to discover more about the rich and diverse heritage of Leicestershire and Rutland. The Festival has a fascinating range of events, talks and guided tours from some of the county’s archaeological and historical experts. Local groups will show you their own discoveries and invite you to become involved in making the next great discovery! For an online version of the leaflet and to keep up to date with the latest events go to Leicestershire Fieldworkers website below. Please always check for latest updates and news in case of last minute additions and changes.

East Midlands History and Heritage needs you

Write for us: Share your stories about the local consequences of the Great War

The January 2019 ‘bumper’ edition of East Midlands History and Heritage will be dedicated to the centenary of the end of the Great War. To remember and reflect on the days, months and years after November 1918, we would like you to share your stories and pictures with us.

We are particularly interested in the lasting consequences of the war on the local life in villages, towns and cities across our region.

  • Did the Armistice raise expectations for a better tomorrow?
  • How did communities choose to commemorate?
  • What were the lasting social, physical, and mental impacts on families and individuals?

Articles should normally be around 1000-2000 words long, with a strong local/regional connection. We’d like contributions by 15th November 2018.

Fell free to contact us with any questions, or for help and advice at

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Heritage Open Days September 2018

Heritage Open Days is England’s favourite heritage festival!  Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. The dates of the festival this year are 6-9 & 13-16 September 2018.

Organised in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, this free training session is aimed at heritage sites and providers in and around the Nottinghamshire area. It will introduce you to Heritage Open Days and why it’s a good idea to get involved.

The workshop will cover:

An Introduction to HODs

  • Background on Heritage Open Days
  • The yearly cycle and key dates
  • Top tips for registering an event
  • An introduction to marketing an event
  • How to get the most out of your local & national HODs team

Introduction to programming

  • Some top tips on how to create and organise incredible events
  • How to make your event more family friendly
  • The themes for the year and how to create events around them
  • A Q&A, as well as a general discussion to share past successes and lessons learnt

You can also hear first-hand what HODS did for the William Booth Birthplace Museum and get a briefing about the Mayflower 400 project.

This year the Tour of Britain, the biggest event in British cycling and UK’s largest free-to-watch sporting event, will pass through Nottinghamshire on the same weekend as Heritage Open Days. Find out more on how you can benefit from both.

The day will conclude with an optional tour of the Bestwood Winding Engine. Refreshments are provided but participants should provide their own lunch.

Booking can be done through this Eventbrite link:


Prison History

Prison History is a database which contains information on nearly 850 penal institutions which existed in 19th century England, including around 420 local prisons and 380 lock ups. For each institution, there is information about its operational dates, jurisdiction, location, population statistics, the primary and secondary sources which mention it, and a list of all the relevant and surviving archival documents which we have been able to find in repositories based in England. On accessing Prison History, users can either search for specific prisons or various types of prisons, or browse the lists of archival materials that we recovered.

One of the core aims of Prison History is to emphasise the importance of the local prison (and lock ups) in nineteenth-century society. It is an institution that has been largely neglected in the major studies of nineteenth-century imprisonment and it is time to redress the imbalance. To do that help is needed from local historians. The hope is that Prison History will be a useful resource for local historians, and also that local historians will want to get involved with this project, to help make the database an even better tool for local history, and, through emphasising the importance of prisons within nineteenth-century communities, to demonstrate the importance of local history research.

Launch date is 6 July, there is also a survey and the opportunity to provide feedback at

Prison_History PDF

Prison History Launch Programme PDF

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.