Centenary Exhibition: Old Mansfield Society

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

‘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 


Brian Lund

When we worked at Raleigh

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

This project is kindly supported by the Windrush Day Grant Scheme, and is part of the Making Place programme at Primary.

Geoffrey Bond Research Award 2019

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

Details of the terms and conditions are available on the Thoroton website at 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

Romantic Facts and Fantasies: Culture and Heritage of the Romantic Age, c. 1780-1840

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.

Mods: Shaping a Generation

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
Free Admission

Coal, Community and Change

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 

The Women’s History Network Community History Prize

The Women’s History Network Community History Prize 2018 is live and calling for entries!

This annual prize of £500 is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community which has been completed between the 1 January 2018 and 31st May 2019. It has been sponsored by The History Press since 2015.Last year’s prize was won by the wonderful entry from the Royal College of Nursing- please follow this link to see more about it:

For details of this year’s competition go to

The Women’s History Network is a national association and charity for the promotion of women’s history and the encouragement of women and men interested in women’s history. Established in 1991, the network reaches out to welcome people from any background who share a passion for women’s history.We encourage submissions from projects which include a strong element of community engagement or collaboration and which communicate a sense of heritage uncovered and learning shared by participants from outside the academic or professional heritage sector.Projects can have creative or wellbeing outcomes, as well as research outputs, but the entrants’ activity must have led to the creation of something which is based on and communicates the findings of the group’s historical research, such as a production, artwork, website, documentary, pamphlet, heritage trail, book, exhibition, artefact or event.

With all good wishes, Elspeth King
Chair, Community History Prize.

Cave City

It’s back for 2019 and will run from 5 to 10 April 2019, a celebration of all things cave with chances to see some spaces under the city you have never seen before as well as to try some events and activities you wouldn’t usually see in a cave.

Urban Rooms Hub Saturday 6 April (12-4pm) Sunday 7 – Tuesday 9 April 2019 (10am-4pm) Urban Room, Carrington Street
Come along to the Caves Festival Hub to get all the info on events taking place across the city. Stunning cave photography by local photographer Lamar Francois will be on display (example below), and there will even be a chance to enjoy a virtual reality tour of the Nottingham Castle Caves (there may be a wait for this). This will also be a great opportunity to meet the team at Trent & Peak Archaeology who will be on hand at points over the Festival to talk about their work

Tour of Rock Cemetery Catacombs Friday 5 to Tuesday 9 April 2019 | 11am & 1pm £10 including booking fee
Brand new for this year is this unique opportunity to visit the fascinating catacombs beneath Rock Cemetery. Church Cemetery is bounded by Mansfield Road, Forest Road and The Forest Recreation Ground. Known as Rock Cemetery because of the sandstone caves within, these caves comprise intriguing tunnels. Visitors can see these while hearing tales of their past and legend. This will include the story of Robin Hood’s Cave, located on the eastern perimeter. In the mid-19th century, it was rumoured this area had been part of an ancient druid temple. Guided tours will provide an introduction and background to the Cemetery itself followed by a tour of the catacombs. The meeting point for tours will be at the main entrance to the Cemetery adjacent to the Cemetery Lodge, junction of Forest Road East and Mansfield Road. The tours are not suitable for wheelchairs or prams/buggies, and sensible footwear must be worn.
Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mortimer’s Hole Cave Tours Saturday 6 – Tuesday 9 April 2019 | 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm Tickets: £5 including booking fee
Beneath Nottingham Castle, a labyrinth of man-made caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Enjoy a memorable tour discovering the secret passageway named Mortimer’s Hole, and hear tales from the site’s 1000 years of history. This is a unique opportunity to access some of the caves under Nottingham Castle, while it is closed for re-development. Please be aware that the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps. Access to Mortimer’s Hole will be from Brewhouse Yard grounds only. The ascent up the tunnel to the top of Castle Rock is very strenuous and visitors will have to be physically fit to participate. Sensible footwear must also be worn.
N.B. For visitors who are unable to participate in this tour a Virtual Reality experience of Mortimer’s Hole is available throughout the Caves Festival at the Urban Room, 38 Carrington Street.

For more information see

Papplewick Pumping Station Exhibition: A Temple to Water at Beeston Library

Saturday 8th June to Saturday 13th July 2019, all day at Beeston Library

Inspire Arts and Heritage are pleased to work in collaboration with Dragon Breath Theatre, Nottingham University and Papplewick Pumping Station to bring an exciting heritage exhibition to Mansfield Central Library Gallery. Papplewick Pumping Station is as a treasure of Nottinghamshire Heritage and their work with Dragon Breath Theatre has created, an exciting education resource offering a fascinating and unique opportunity to become immersed in the past and as a result to develop your understanding of contemporary global water issues. The exhibition brings history to life with film, archive images of the pumping station and Carol Adlam’s wonderful illustrations for Nottingham University.

No booking necessary

Simply turn up and take part. We look forward to seeing you!