Nottingham Industrial Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum, the hidden treasure in the courtyards of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park have not let the Covid 19 Emergency get them down as their dedicated team of Volunteers continue to roll out the accolades.

Earlier in 2020, when travel was still possible, a team from the World History Project travelled to the UK to collect material for a series of videos that form part of the curriculum in approximately 8000 schools this year, mostly in the US but also many other parts of the world.

The films covered a range of large topics – Britain and the First World War, Origins of the Industrial Revolution, the Macartney Expedition to the Qianlong Emperor to name a few. 

To the delight of the Researchers, Presenters and Production Team some of the most significant and affecting of the videos features the story of the life of ‘Nailers’ in Victorian times.  The story adapted and portrayed by NIM volunteer Avi Benn (aka Mrs Mary Ann Bird in her Victorian Kitchen exhibit) has been quoted by Researcher, Professor Trevor Getz from University of San Francisco State as ‘giving an extraordinarily well-designed, pedagogically intentional, and compelling history’.

This was further acknowledged as the Museum were named as Finalists in both the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Small Charity – Big Impact’ categories of the East Midlands Charity Awards, on the same day!  A fitting response to their hard work and dedication.

Dr Getz said ‘We will forever remain grateful to the Volunteers at Nottingham Industrial Museum for providing us with such incredible resources and contributions of knowledge for our World History Project.  The dedication and professionalism of the NIM Volunteers shone through and it was indeed a humbling experience to share in their work’.

Toni Thorncraft-Smith, NIM Operations and Fundraising Lead said ‘As our Museum strive to share at all levels and with all people NIM remain both grateful and thankful to The World History Project for this incredible opportunity, for all that they have contributed to the future life of NIM and for helping History come even more alive, creating memories that we will take with us in all walks of our lives.  We look forward to sharing the films when the Museum is able to reopen Post Covid 19.’

Meanwhile, previews of the films can be viewed at and Nottingham Industrial Museum will re-open to the Public 11-4 on weekends, Spring and Summer Bank Holidays, with midweek Group and School Visits welcome, post Covid 19.  

Want to join us?  Volunteering enquiries are always welcome.

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