Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’

Exhibition opening Thursday 13 December 2018, 5-7pm Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts. Join us for the opening of Manuscripts and Special Collections’ latest exhibition, Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’.

The exhibition will be on view at the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts from Friday 14th December 2018 – Sunday 7th April 2019

Foresters and felons, poets and poachers, discover the unusual tales of Nottinghamshire’s woodlands and the people who have worked, lived and been inspired by them in Manuscripts and Special Collections latest exhibition, Sylva: ‘To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene’.

Ancient Woodlands: Thursday 31 January 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts.

Woodland history is an important tool in nature conservation. The leading forest ecologist and historian Dr George Peterken will discuss how historical maps and records were used to construct the Ancient Woodland Inventory, which identifies and records information about woods that are believed to have been in existence since at least 1600. He shows how history facilitates woodland management decisions and generates public interest and support for woods and forests.

Exhibition tour: Thursday 31 January 2019, 2.30 – 3.30 pm Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts

Join the exhibition curator, Professor Charles Watkins, for a guided walk through of the exhibition and learn about the stories behind the items on display.

The Sherwood Forest Trust – Past, Present and Future: Thursday 21 February 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

The world’s most famous heritage forest, legendary stomping ground of Robin Hood, a magnet for tourists since Victorian times – Sherwood Forest is special. The Sherwood Forest Trust exists to champion the conservation, preservation and celebration of this ancient forest. Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Trust, will talk about how the Trust was formed, the range of works that have been done in the past, where they are at the moment and plans for the future.

The Changing Nature of Sherwood Forest: Thursday 21 March 2019, 1-2pm Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

How has Sherwood forest been represented and understood over the last 400 years? Professor Charles Watkins of the University of Nottingham examines the diverse ways that artists, poets, novelists and naturalists have valued the forest.


The National Justice Museum Commemorates the Centenary of WW1 with a Special Evening of Stories by the Acclaimed Performers the Woolly Tellers

Reflecting on conflicts from 1918 to the present day, David Brookes and Mick Whysall, who write and perform as The Woolly Tellers, present a new show ‘Voices’ at the National Justice Museum on the eve of Armistice Day.  Featuring tales of those in uniform and the civilians on the home front, The Woolly Tellers interpret stories, tales and anecdotes with humanity and humour.

One of their tales explores the courage and tenacity of the Canary Girls at the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell.  Nicknamed Canaries because the TNT dyed their skin yellow and turned their hair green, the workers witnessed one of the deadliest explosions of WWI, where 134 were killed, and yet returned to work the following day. Tragically WWI was not to be ‘the war to end all wars’ and the evening explores many other narratives, telling tales of the brave fire watchers and air raid wardens of WW2, and the human cost of more recent conflicts.

David Brookes and Mick Whysall are both experienced storytellers and joined forces as The Woolly Tellers after performing with the Story Tellers of Nottingham. Each with a distinctive style and delivery they have captivated audiences in Nottingham and beyond.

Voices: The Woolly Tellers

7.30pm Saturday 10 November


To book: 0115 9520555 or

National Justice Museum, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses Memorial

by Dan Lucas

The memorial, including the nurses homes, was conceived as a memorial to all of the war dead from Nottingham, in the region of 14,000 people, and followed a campaign by ex-servicemen in 1919 to have a ‘useful’ memorial. Of course it is one of several memorials in the City.

The memorial bronzes being restored now refer to the homes above, which came into NHS ownership in 1948, and were finally sold on closure of the General Hospital site in the 1990s.

More information at

Following closure of the site by the NHS, the memorial bronzes were not restored when the building was converted to apartments, so they have looked rather neglected in recent years.

Working jointly with the owners, The Park Conservation Trust sought funding to carry out restoration work in time for the centenary of the 1918 armistice, in November.

Restoration work has been funded by:

  • War Memorials Trust (the charity distributing government funds to mark the centenary of World War One)
  • The Park Conservation Trust
  • Royal Standard House & City Point (RSH) resident owners
  • Nottingham Civic Society

More information about the memorial is available here:

Restoration work is scheduled to be complete by late October (and the area around the plaques is already completed), in time for the Armistice centenary date.

There has been some local press coverage of the work:

With the restoration work drawing to a close, the Park Trust and the owners have turned to thinking about how the restoration can be marked, and the memorial’s significance drawn to wider attention given the obvious historical significance for the City and County.

Radcliffe WW1 Group Armistice Centenary

Radcliffe WW1 Group invites you to their events commemorating the end of the First World War.

POPPY TRAIL: View fourteen wreaths commemorating Radcliffe men who lost their lives in WW1.
Displayed in Radcliffe Oct 15-Nov 12.

Pick up a Poppy Trail pamphlet from Grange Hall, the library or Pen2Paper.

Join our guided walks from Oct 17-Nov 10
Tel 0115 9332685 to book.

Follow the trail online using our interactive map at

TALKS: ‘Radcliffe 1918: what happened next ?
November 1st 7.30 pm at Grange Hall.
Tickets £2 on the door.
The talk will also be given at the U3A meeting on Nov 1st.

EXHIBITION: Twelve posters exploring the impact of
WW1 and its aftermath on Radcliffe.

View posters at:

  • The Grange Nov 1-7
  • St Mary’s Church Nov 8-11
  • Radcliffe library Nov 12-26.

For more information
phone Marion Caunt 0115 9332685

‘By the People – For the People’ Coal Nationalisation Exhibition, at the Nottinghamshire Mining Museum.

The Friday and Saturday openings (10.00 am – 4.00 pm) have been extended into October and November.

Schools and group bookings have a priority on a Friday. It may be possible to visit on a Friday, but you are advised to consult the Nottinghamshire Mining Museum Facebook page if you are planning a visit on a Friday, in case Schools have been booked in and the Museum is full.

The Nottinghamshire Mining Museum Exhibition is situated in the East Unit of Mansfield Railway Station, Station Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 5RN

Exploring and Mapping the Historic Landscape around Newark

5 sessions November 2018-April 2019

Be involved in creating the storyboard for a video which aims to unravel landscape development around Newark from the present day back into the Ice Age by using the evidence from topography, geology, archaeology and historical maps and documents.

We’ll start with satellite images like Google-Earth, then examine the evidence for changes through time until we can focus on the landscape which emerged at the end of the Ice Age. As we work backwards, using geographical and historical map regression, our study will provide an essential backdrop to investigations of all periods of time.

Our focus will be around the interfluve of the Rivers Trent and Devon, and, besides seeking the hidden late glacial landscape, will assemble the evidence for river movements around Newark essential to the understanding of historic landscapes (e.g. the Civil War) and the parish boundaries studied by the CBA Parish Boundaries project

  • Tues 6th November 2018Ursilla Spence (Nottinghamshire County Council) – Interrogating the Historic Environment Record for archaeological data
  • Tues 4th December 2018Colin Baker (author/ contributor to Mercian Geologist) – Coversands and investigating past landscape from borehole and auger records
  • Tues 12th February 2019Leanne Hughes (British Geological Survey) – Insights from correlating the records of topography and superficial geology

Other sessions on 12th March and 2nd April 2019

For the first session each day specialists will talk about their work in archaeology and geology, and then engage in question and answer sessions. The second session will focus on assembling material from that topic on a map using a freely available Geographical-Information-System (QGIS). The IT sessions will be led by Ian Ross, so provide opportunities to learn more, or be introduced to, computer mapping tools. We will also identify resources that need further research, so be prepared to conduct your own research at museums and/or Record Offices to track down new data to contribute to the overall map. Our work will be incorporated into a ‘fly-through’ of the landscape for an interactive web-resource for the Ice Age Journeys project and who knows how much more history will be revealed?

Session 11-1pm. Presentations led by specialists about topographical, geological and archaeological sources for landscape changes. All welcome.

2-4pm practical workshop and GIS sessions to assemble information and identify resources to research. Bring your own laptop (also some available to use).

QGIS users very welcome (download QGIS3 onto your laptop ), but no detailed knowledge required and suitable for those with a basic IT literacy (e.g. use of word/spreadsheet/internet).

Venue: Community Space at the Newark Civil War Centre, 14 Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JY. Long-stay car parking on Tolney Lane/Riverside Park NB24 1BZ

We will request a donation of £3 to contribute to the funds required to match the Heritage Lottery Funding which supports these sessions.

For queries, or to reserve your place: send your name and postcode to

National Games of Remembrance 8 November 2018: Notts County FC and Nottingham Forest FC

To mark the Centenary of the end of World War One, the Games of Remembrance Project will not only bring a very special event to Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands but will also include a National Education Programme, a National Awareness Programme and a National Legacy Programme – we hope you can be part of the Project and come to a match.

More details about the Games of Remembrance project can be found at

Groups may wish to “Film a Tribute” to remember the nearly 300 Professional Footballer-Soldiers who died in World War One, the several 1000 professional footballers who joined up and fought in the War, the tens of 1000s of local amateur footballers who also fought in the War and a generation of women who made vital contributions to the War effort as well as keeping football alive during the War period. It is hoped that this will develop the awareness of World War One among young people who enjoy football – the attached guide will provide examples and all the information they will need.

One of the Games of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November 2018 is scheduled for a 7pm kick off to make it as accessible as possible community groups. The match will also have a youth friendly Fan Zone which will focus on history, fun, information, music and football. The match experience will include loads of activities, displays, military music and will create a very special commemoration occasion in full partnership with the German Armed Forces.

As many free tickets will be provided to organised community group trips as possible and it may also be possible to fund coach/bus travel for some groups in the East Midlands region. If you are interested in conducting a group trip to the Games of Remembrance on Thu 8 Nov 2018 please could you send an email to with the following information (for planning purposes):

Name and address of Community Group:

Point(s) of Contact:

Contact Details: (Email or Telephone Number):

We would be interested in bringing a community group trip to the 7pm Kick Off match?:

How large do you think your community group trip would be (adults and children)?

We would be interested in free transport?

With very best wishes.

Colonel Richard Hayhurst OBE
Vice Chairman of the Army Football Association and Director of the Games of Remembrance Project
Army Football Association Charitable Fund
(A Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England under number 07797047)
Registered Charity No: 1144459
Registered office: Army Football Association, Mackenzie Building, Fox Lines, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 2LB

Nottinghamshire Unearthed Exhibition

Tuesday 02 October 2018 to Friday 25 January 2019 at The University of Nottingham Museum. Admission FREE

The national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) records archaeological objects found by the public in England and Wales. This year it celebrates its 15th anniversary with more than 13,000 finds from Nottinghamshire recorded on the PAS online database, including coins, tools, weapons and jewellery. It is an important source of information for researchers and for everyone with an interest in history, archaeology and heritage. This exhibition will highlight some of the finds from the county and examine the important contribution they have made to our wider understanding of Nottinghamshire.

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


Lance Corporal Walter Richard Parker, Stapleford’s World War One V.C. hero

Walter Richard Parker was born on 20 September 1881 at 5, Agnes Street, Grantham. He spent his early years in London moving to Stapleford to begin work at Stanton Ironworks as a coremaker in about 1899. Walter was married to Olive, the daughter of Mr Joseph Orchard, who for many years had been the station master at Stapleford.

Walter enlisted on the 7th September 1914 in the Royal Marine Light Infantry and was attached to the Portsmouth Division. After initial training the Division set sail in February 1915 for the Dardanelles,landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25 April 1915. Five days later on the 30 April he won his V.C. Walter volunteered to take water and ammunition to about 40 men in an isolated trench. To reach the trench he had to negotiate 400 yards of open ground, dubbed the Valley of Death which was raked by heavy Turkish machine gun fire. He managed to reach the trench sustaining two wounds in the process. For the next 24 hours, according to official reports, he tended the wounded “displaying extreme courage and remaining cool and collected in very trying circumstances”. Early the following morning Walter helped to evacuate the wounded, being hit himself on several occasions in the groin, right leg and chest. He was carried to safety by his comrades.

He was invalided out of the Marines in 1916 and returned home to Stapleford. In 1936 he died at the age of 55 and is buried in Stapleford Cemetery. A memorial service in his honour is held annually at Stapleford on the Sunday nearest the 30 April. His medals are displayed at the Royal Marines museum, Southsea.

Collingham Armistice Celebration Exhibition

In collaboration with the Collingham U3A Local History Research Group the Collingham and District Local History Society is mounting an exhibition to celebrate the WW1 Armistice on 9th, 10th & 11th November between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the Youth and Community Centre on Low Street, Collingham. Also involved in preparing posters, presentations, slideshows and refreshments are John Blow Primary School, Collingham WI and a wide range of local artists and writers. A limited print run of dedicated copies of our Journal ‘The Irregular’ will also be on sale. 

View the Collingham in the Great War video here