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scribeFollowing the successful launch of the first edition of our magazine this summer, we are now planning issue two, which will appear around Christmas. This is an open call. Unlike issue one, which focussed on the English Civil War, and issue three (mid 2016), which will adopt the theme of ‘Hidden Voices’, every second issue of the magazine will take contributions on any topic relating to the history and heritage of the East Midlands area.

We’re looking for stories of between 2,000-2,500 words long, and news events/notices of up to 500 words. The cut-off date is mid Nov 2015. We actively encourage the inclusion of images, artwork, etc. Imagine a History Today for the East Midlands.

Please look at the East Midlands History & Heritage Style Sheet below before you start.

Please email with any questions/queries.

Nick Hayes (editor)

emhist@virginmedia.com

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The Montagu Monuments

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© Copyright Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Four world-class marble sculptures in St Edmund’s Church in Warkton, Northamptonshire, that commemorate members of the Montagu family, have been restored following a year-long £500,000 project managed by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

Two of them were created by Louis Francois Roubiliac, who is considered to have been one of the greatest sculptors working in 18th century England.

The church will be open every Thursday from 10am to 2pm (and at the same times every day in August except for Sundays) throughout 2015 to allow the public to view the stunning pieces of art in all their restored glory.

Roman Southwell Gladiator Ale launched

gladiator-aleWelbeck Abbey Brewery is sponsoring the Roman Southwell Project by producing a special limited edition beer. The ‘Gladiator Ale’ will be a traditional pale ale made with British barley and Boudicea hops. The beer, which will be 3.8% ABV, will be available in local pubs in Southwell in late June.

The beer will also be available in an eight-pack case priced just £20 from late July onwards. Proceeds from the sales of the beer will go towards funding Phase Three of the project, due to start in October.

See the Roman Southwell Project website for more information.

Kings Clipstone Research Project

kingsclipstoneRunning for over 11 years now, the Kings Clipstone Research Project is now in the midst of its busiest year ever. The project is studying the landscape and built environment of the largest royal palace ever to have been constructed in Mediaeval England.

With a huge ground penetrating radar survey carried out this spring, 2015 will see over four weeks of excavation work taking place organised alongside Mercian Archaeological Services CIC and the Sherwood Forest Trust. There are plenty of volunteer and student placements available.

For more information on the project visit the Kings Clipstone Research Project Facebook page.

Mortality, Care and Military Welfare during the British Civil Wars

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Detail from ‘The Hospital’ by Jacques Callot (1633)

An international conference organised by the University of Leicester’s Centre for English Local History will celebrate the opening of the National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum, Nottinghamshire, on 7-8 August 2015. The conference will examine care and military welfare during the British Civil Wars, embracing themes such as hospitals, medicine, surgery, nursing, disease, wounds, maimed soldiers, war widows and orphans. It will also focus on the costs of these wars, as well as the social memory and lasting scars of this important series of conflicts. The conference also celebrates the establishment of a Wolfson Foundation Research Centre for Care, Welfare and Medicine during the British Civil Wars based at Newark Museum and in partnership with the University of Leicester.

Organiser Dr Andrew Hopper from Leicester University’s Centre for English Local History said:

“Some of the measures put in place during the civil war seem astonishingly modern.  Parliament led the way and its welfare provision care could be seen as both enlightened thinking, but also an inducement to fight for its cause.  It was certainly not a universal system. Pension rights were not extended to those who fought for the King – a situation reversed when King Charles II assumed the throne.  He also dismantled the military hospital structure and refused to accept the state’s duty for the welfare of its army, putting responsibility back upon parish poor relief and charities.”

For a full programme and information on how to register for one or both days visit www2.le.ac.uk/conference or email Dr Andrew Hopper at ajh69@le.ac.uk.

The £50 registration fee for both days includes free entry to the NCWC, buffet lunch and refreshments, and wine and real ale receptions thanks to support from Midland History and Springhead Brewery.

More information at: www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com

Twitter: @civilwarcentre

www.facebook.com/NationalCivilWarCentre

Haslam and Harvey Statues Centenary event, Chesterfield

114_1448In June The Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society is supporting several events for the Haslam and Harvey statues Centenary. The statues of William Harvey MP and James Haslam MP have been standing on plinths outside the former NUM offices in Saltergate, Chesterfield, for the past 100 years. The society is working with the Derbyshire Library Service and the Chesterfield Borough Council to use the centenary to celebrate the history of the Derbyshire miners.

The programme begins on Friday 26 June with a short ceremony outside the building at 7pm to unveil an interpretation board. Refreshments will be available in the Labour Club opposite the statues from 6pm, and after the ceremony until late.

On Saturday 27th June there are talks in the Chesterfield Library at 10 am about Haslam and Harvey, followed by a lunchtime buffet and a Round Table discussion on Derbyshire miners’ history. Events on both Friday and Saturday are free. If you want a buffet lunch for £8 on the Saturday 27 June, you will need to buy a ticket in advance at Chesterfield Library, tel. 01629 533400.

East Midlands History & Heritage Magazine, Issue 1!

EMHHJune2015coverThe English Civil War is the central theme of this issue – chosen to coincide with the opening of the new national Civil War Museum at Newark. Charles I always recognised this strategic importance of the region; it was in Nottingham that he chose to raise his standard on  22 August 1642. Bloody sieges followed, particularly at Newark, but also at Bolingbroke and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Nottingham, Lincoln, Gainsborough became ‘frontier towns’, decisive engagements were fought at Naseby, Winceby and Willoughby on the Wolds. The East Midlands became the gateway through which rival armies passed; to deny access became a chief objective for both sides. War brought disease, treachery and heroism. Its social costs were high; its legacy in terms of destruction, disruption and disability was far reaching.

Read the magazine for more….

Loughborough History and Heritage Network

loughborough-town-hallThe Loughborough History and Heritage Network was launched in December 2014 as a collaboration between Loughborough University and Charnwood Museum.

Our aim is to:

  • foster discussion about the history and heritage of Loughborough and Charnwood by bringing  together interested individuals and groups
  • provide a platform for sharing information about local history and heritage
  • enhance collaboration between Loughborough University and community history organisations

Our features range from the Loughborough Workhouse Elections of 1893 to Indian Thought and the shadow of Lord Macaulay (a talk by Sir Christopher Bayly at Rothley Temple); there is also an account of the career of Walter Freud (Sigmund’s grandson), who was arrested during his chemistry exam at Loughborough College, then interned but ended the war  in the Special Operation Executive, and much more.

We welcome contributions.

We are holding a Community History Day at Burleigh Court (Loughborough University) on Sunday, 21st June, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Entry is free but please contact Karen Ette at K.M.Ette@lboro.ac.uk if you want to come.

www.lboro-history-heritage.org.uk

Dr Robert Knight
Department of Politics, History
and International Relations
Loughborough University

Nottinghamshire Archives reopens

strelley-court-roll-part2The Archives reopened on 28th April 2015, following a £2.5m investment to refurbish and extend the archives building.

The new look archives building now includes:

  • additional space to accommodate new archives for decades to come, including specialist storage for photographs and digital media
  • a computerised building management system
  • an additional new meeting room/multi-purpose learning space
  • improved computer suite for accessing digital heritage, with free public wi-fi throughout the building.

Opening times are Tuesdays 9am – 7pm, Wednesdays to Fridays 9am – 5pm and Saturdays 9am – 1pm.

A programme of events is planned – including an Archives Fun Day on 2nd May. More information is available from the Notts Archives website.

 

An edition of the Daybook of John Reddish, 1780-1805.

poor-jackThis publication is a digitised version of an M.Phil thesis by the late Ann Cockburn which was awarded in 1979.

The thesis concerns a manuscript notebook kept by the Reddish family, who kept a water mill at East Bridgford and were later framework knitters at Lowdham. The manuscript mostly contains music and the song lyrics, many evidently copied from broadside ballads. These are all transcribed in the thesis together with commentaries on related versions from elsewhere and possible sources. Sound recordings of 12 of the songs and tunes are also available for download as MP3 files. This is an important source of information on Nottinghamshire folk song.

The Daybook additionally includes some records of payments mentioning named individuals and a few family notes. These are not transcribed in the thesis, but photographic facsimilies of the daybook are also available to download from Nottingham eTheses. The original manuscript is now held by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, English Folk Dance and Song Society, London.

This quotation as been copied literatim from the final page of the manuscript:

Memmory of the Flood

on Wednesday the 11th of February 1795 Came up to the fish house thack within about 3 inches that side next y trent and I went to shelford mannor when it was just at the hight in John Millington’s Boat to help to fetch 199 sheep out of the water the property of Mr. Wm. Welson then tennat at Shelford Mannor.”

The digitised version of the thesis is available at etheses.nottingham.ac.uk/3962/.

Peter Millington