John Player & Sons – friends of cricket?

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Sunday League cricket, which for the first 18 years was sponsored by John Player & Sons.

We would like to celebrate this milestone by remembering the various links between one of Nottingham’s biggest employers and the sport of cricket in general – and we’d like you to get involved:

  • Did you play cricket for any of the John Player teams, or in any of the company’s competitions?
  • Did you play against Players, at their company sports ground on Aspley Lane?
  • Did you watch any Nottinghamshire matches or benefit matches at “Players’ Rec”?
  • Have you got any John Player cigarette cards featuring famous cricketers?
  • Did you go to any Sunday League matches at Trent Bridge during the ‘John Player era’?

If you have any memories you’d like to share, or any photographs, scorecards or other memorabilia that we could see, we’d really like to hear from you!

Please email your name and phone numbers to and we’ll contact you for more information.

Thank you for your interest, and your help!

Wymeswold Airfield in the 1950s and 1960s

Although not strictly a Wolds Heritage Organisation publication, the WHO web site is hosting a remarkable new free PDF.

This is a detailed history of activities at Wymeswold airfield in the 1950s and 1960s which has been been prepared by Richard Knight, who grew up at the western end of the runways.

Most of the information is about the activities of the RAF and Fields Aircraft Services, although there is also lots of previously-unseen photographs taken in the winter of 1944 and during the build up to D-Day; and photographs taken during public open days.

In total there is about 40,000 words and almost 400 photographs. And this is available as a free PDF  Note this is about 97 Mbytes so may be slow to download.

Discover Your Nottingham: Our Sporting Heritage

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire WEA

Join us in the latest talk/workshop and guided walk in the popular ‘Discover your Nottingham’ series to discover the personalities, highlights and curiosities of the City’s Sporting Heritage.

Local historian Chris Weir will recall great sporting legends, including the renowned pugilist ‘Bendigo’; Tom Blower, The Human Torpedo’ the record-breaking cross-channel swimmer, the world famous Torvill and Dean; and many more.

There will be memories of all kinds of sport; from football and cricket to rowing, cycling and tennis. Even the noble art of naked walking in the 18th century will be recalled, in 1773 no less than 15,000 spectators gathered on the Forest to witness a naked ‘footrace between two noted pedestrians’! Come along and find out more!

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Thursday 26 September 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm
at THINK Café, Cobden Chambers, Pelham
Street, Nottingham NG1 2ED

Explore Nottinghom’s sporting heritage. You are welcome to bring along your memorabilia or photographs to the talk/workshop though please note we cannot be responsible for the security of the items at the session.
Fee – £8.00 (all fees non-refundable, all payable in advance).

Guided Heritage Walk
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Saturday 28 September 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm

Meet at the Trent Bridge Kiosk, behind ‘The Brewhouse and Kitchen’ on the north side of Trent Bridge. This will be a linear walk from Trent Bridge/The Embankment, over Trent Bridge to the Cricket Ground, where we will have a short viewing of the precious greensward. Next the walk
proceeds by the Nottingham Forest Football Stadium and along by the river passing the Rowing Clubs, then back over the bridge, past Notts County Ground and finally along Nottingham Canal finishing at the Ice Arena.
Fee – £8.00 (all fees non-refundable, all payable in advance).

Interested? Book by phone on 0300303 3464 or at (searching using Our Sporting Heritage)

For further information or queries please email

Students are responsible for their own safety when on the walk.

Conference: New Frameworks for Our Past

East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework

Advancing research on the historic environment of the East Midlands
Saturday 5th October 2019, Teaching and Learning Building, University of Nottingham,University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

The conference will include presentations on a wide range of projects that have enhanced understanding of the prehistoric to modern periods, together with demonstrations of the online Research Framework and displays of recent East Midlands projects. It will be held at the University of Nottingham; the final programme, booking form and map of the university campus (showing the location of the conference venue and free parking areas) are attached here.

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite at or by cheque if preferred (see booking form for details).

Framework1 and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Research.

Framework2 with which it is closely linked. It will focus upon investigations that have enhanced understanding of the Neolithic and later periods, and will include demonstrations of the online Research Framework and displays of recent East Midlands projects.

  • From 9.00 am Registration; tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00 am Welcome and introduction. David Knight (Trent & Peak Archaeology)
  • 10.05 am Developing the new online Research Framework for the East Midlands. David Knight and Dan Miles (Historic England)
  • 10.30 am Illuminating industrial housing: investigating workers’ homes in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Suzanne Lilley (North York Moors National Park)
  • 10.55 am Investigating the operation of the 18th century cotton mills at Papplewick, Nottinghamshire. Stephen Walker (Friends of Moor Pond Wood)
  • 11.20 am What are we looking for? Thoughts on historic building research arising from investigations at Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire. Jim Brown (MOLA)
  • 11.45 pm The lost medieval chapel of St Morrell: a possible pilgrims’ chapel and cemetery near Hallaton. Vicki Score (University of Leicester Archaeological Services) and Hazel Wallace (Hallaton Field Work Group)
  • 12.10 pm Lunch
  • 1.30 pm Exploring medieval Nottingham: excavating the Castle and revisiting the early medieval Borough. Gareth Davies (Trent & Peak Archaeology)
  • 1.55 pm Rediscovering Viking-Age stone sculpture of the East Midlands. Paul Everson (Universities of Keele and Wales) and David Stocker (University of Leeds)
  • 2.20 pm The Lincolnshire Extensive Urban Survey: characterising historic towns. Ian George and Nicola Grayson (Lincolnshire County Council)
  • 2.45 pm Recent work in Roman Leicester: the most investigated town outside London. Nick Cooper (University of Leicester Archaeological Services)
  • 3.10 pm Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 3.40 pm Something old, something new, something shared: revealing the Roman, Iron Age and Bronze Age landscapes of Pineham, Northamptonshire. Rob Atkins and Tracy Preece (MOLA)
  • 4.05 pm New work on Neolithic long barrows: the Lincolnshire Long Barrows Assessment Project. Denise Drury (Heritage Lincolnshire)
  • 4.30 pm Of fire, ice and people: Peak District lead production, human health and its environmental impact. Chris Loveluck (University of Nottingham)
  • 4.55 pm Final remarks
  • 5.00 pm Close

Leicestershire & Rutland Festival of Archaeology 2019

29 June – 28th July

Part of the Council of British Archaeology’s national Festival of Archaeology.

For the first time a month long chance to discover more about the rich and diverse heritage of Leicestershire and Rutland. The Festival has a fascinating range of activities, 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!

The Festival in Leicestershire and Rutland is financially supported by Leicestershire Fieldworkers; Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society; Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum; CBA East Midlands; Leicestershire Industrial History Society; The Friends of Jewry Wall Museum; Hinckley Archaeological Society; University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Download the full programme here.

Or an easy to read version here.

Edwardian Nottinghamshire in Colour

Our new book Edwardian Nottinghamshire in colour is now available. Bringing the early 20th century to life in colour (usually in black & white or sepia!), it features scenes of Nottingham, suburbs and nearby villages contrasting with views of the same locations today. It is a 128-page A4 softback and is competitively priced at £11.95. The old postcard pictures were published 1904-8 by Albert Hindley of Clumber Street, Nottingham. Scenes go west to Stapleford, north to Hucknall and Oxton, south to Costock and east as far as Bleasby, and feature the city, suburbs and villages in between. Many railway views are included.

The book is available in Nottingham at Waterstones, Dukki, WH Smith and the Tourist Information Centre, and at most local post offices. Alternatively, it can be obtained through our website

Brian and Mary Lund
Reflections of a Bygone Age

Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)

The travelling exhibition ‘Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)’ is on display at Conkers Discovery Centre, Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch, South Derbyshire, DE12 6GA, from 3rd July – 6th September 2019.  A special launch event takes place on Friday 5th July 2019 (11am – 1pm) at which free drinks and light refreshments will be available and you can meet up with team members who designed and planned the exhibition. 

The exhibition consists of a series of iconic coalmining images from the East Midlands Coalfield over a fifty-year period (1965-2015) and visitors are encouraged to leave comments and vote for their favourite coal image. The exhibition is in various themes; East Midlands Coalmining in Context, Social, Women, Unity, Rationalisation and Legacies and is funded by the Global Research Heritage Fund at Nottingham Trent University. 

A post exhibition Day Conference to look at conclusions will take place at Nottingham Trent University on 12th September 2019.  Details for the Conference will be sent out in early July 2019.