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.

Lowdham Book Festival – June 2019

Jane Streeter writes: Hello again – and thanks so much to everyone who has attended the opening events of this year’s special festival!

We are off to a flying start – with Miranda Seymour and Byron on fine form last night, a fantastic Booklover’s Walk around Nottingham this morning and an inspirational session with Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, this afternoon.

Lots more to come in this month packed with wonderful authors – tomorrow we are really looking forward to welcoming back Karen Maitland with her medieval murders and mysteries. Karen is a brilliant speaker – there are still tickets left for this event at 2pm on Tuesday 4th June in Lowdham Methodist Chapel so do come along for what will definitely be a mesmerising afternoon.

And then on Wednesday 5th June I really urge you to come along to Southwell Library for a crime-filled evening with C J Tudor and Sarah Ward. If you haven’t read their novels let us be the ones to introduce you……

I will stay in touch as the festival progresses – please see below for The Festival At A Glance!  Full details are on The Bookcase website so please take a look – – click on Events and the Lowdham Book Festival.

Booking as always either over the counter at The Bookcase, 50 Main Street, Lowdham – or on our Box Office line 0115 966 3219.

Tues 4th June   2pm       Historical Mystery, Murder and Magic with Karen Maitland

Wed  5th June   7.30pm  Meet the Author – C.J Tudor with Sarah Ward

Thurs 6th June   1pm       Victoria Hislop in conversation with Anne Zouroudi

Sat   8th June    10am     Baby Photoshoot!

Sun  9th June    11am     Explore, Expand, Engage with Philippa Bottrill

Wed 12th June   2pm      Meet the Author – Phil McCann on Cricket Teas

Thurs 13th June  2pm      Written on the Shore – poetry with Pauline Prior-Pitt

Fri  14th June     2pm       Father’s Day Stories and Crafts for pre-schoolers

                          4pm     Journey Around My Dad writing workshop

Mon 17th June  10.30am  Food at the Festival with Jackie Skinner 

Wed 19th June    2pm      Edwardian Nottingham in Postcards

Thurs 20th June   7pm     An Evening with David Almond and Julia Green

Fri 21st June        2pm     The Restless Kings with Nick Barratt

                         7.30pm  An Evening with Joanne Harris

Sat 22nd June   10.45am  Reading Group morning – Diane Setterfield & Fanny Blake

Sun 23rd June    1.45pm  Alan Johnson and John Holmes in conversation

                         3.30pm  Prosecco and Poetry with Jane Wyles & Fiona Theokritoff

                         7pm       Festival Film – Colette + French Living food

Mon 24th June    7pm       An Evening with Michael Rosen

Tues 25th June  7.30pm   The Lost Boys with Catherine Bailey

Wed 26th June 1.45pm     Libby Page and Richard Roper

                       7.30pm    Agatha, Poirot and Me with Sophie Hannah

                           8pm     Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernardi

Sat 29th June       10am    Bookstalls, talks, activities, children’s tent

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you as always!
Jane Streeter


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.