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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 10 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:

    • Matlock Bath: An East Midlands trippers’ paradise
    • Ronald Pope: The ‘Secret’ Sculptor
    • “They Prefer the River” Nottingham’s Trent Baths, 1857–1941
    • Ruddington: A “large and well-built village” of handloom weaving
    • Bowled Over: a “lost” 18th Century bowling green re-found at Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire
    • The mysterious tenant of Thoresby Hall
    • A voyage round my Grandad
    • Homes for Hinckley’s heroes
    • Mansfield revived
    • The leaves of Southwell

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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 9 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:

    • Early memories of Sheila Healey
    • Tracking East Lincolnshire’s lost railways
    • Textile tales: the East Midlands textile industry 1980-2005
    • Gainsborough Heritage Association is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary
    • Hidden in plain sight: Worksop’s other war memorial
    • Perspectives from the provincial press:
      A Lincolnshire view of women’s suffrage
    • From priory to pile: the world of John Beaumont and Grace Dieu Priory, Leicestershire
    • World War One Memorials
    • Fake news and the and the Nottingham by-election of 1803

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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 8 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:

    • The fighting member back to ‘The House’: Oliver Locker-Lampson, the Conservative Party and the 1918 Coupon Election in Huntingdonshire.
    • The Bayley (Red Cross) Auxiliary Hospital, Nottingham 1914 to 1919
    • “Peace Day” celebrations in Derby
    • ‘These splendid lads’: Leicester’s Clarendon Park in the Great War
    • The effect of the First World War on Mountsorrel Quarry
    • The Sherwood Forester and the surgeon who changed the face of plastic surgery
    • Leicestershire’s contribution to saving the nation from starvation.
    • Working for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    • 1918: the perspectives of a Lincolnshire home front poet
    • The Great War and its consequences: Building an archive

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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 7 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:

    • Voices from the archives: The Ladies of Ogston Hall
    • The National Leather Collection
    • Derby pubs and breweries during the Great War
    • Nottingham’s Great Gunpowder Explosion of September 1818
    • The National Leather Collection
    • To volunteer or not: explaining Leicestershire’s recruitment crisis, 1914-
    • Wollaton Hall
    • The newly built personality of Ralph Lord Cromwell
    • The roads of Wakerley
    • Stand Firm – Civil Defences in Newark During World War II
    • The Napoleonic Wars at home
    • Stand Firm – Civil Defences in Newark During World War II
    • Writing history

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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 6 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:

  • The consequences of the Great War: Observations
    from Nottingham
  • ‘Wealthy women, bankers and clothworkers’: The lives of the nonconformist families of Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, 1650-1750
  • RAF Balderton during the Second World War
  • Refuge in the rock: The use of Nottingham’s caves in times of war
  • The mothers of Mapperley Asylum
  • Stories from the Stone Wood – A thousand years of Charnwood life
  • Lost legends: Capturing the hidden cultural contribution of the African and African Caribbean community in the UK
  • Leicestershire’s toy story
  • Exploring the East Midlands: Involving communities in historic environment research
  • Henry Bowdon – Tales from the life of a Derbyshire country Squire
  • The Leicester Coffee and Cocoa House Company Limited

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Leicestershire Green Plaque Awards Scheme

The Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards are awarded to people and places around the county, nominated and voted for by the people of Leicestershire.

The shortlist has been announced and you can now vote for your favourites. There are six commemorative plaques to award and the last day to vote is Monday 31 July 2017.

To vote please use the online voting form.

Here are the 12 shortlisted nominees, click on a name to find out more:

Time Team archaeologist Carenza Lewis leads Lincolnshire dig for teenagers

lincs-diggersAspiring archaeologists have uncovered coins, medieval pottery and animal teeth and bones in a two-day excavation with archaeologist and television presenter Professor Carenza Lewis.

Schoolchildren from across Lincolnshire unearthed the discoveries as part of the Lincolnshire Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA), a new collaboration between the University of Lincoln and the University of Cambridge aimed at school pupils aged 14-17 to raise aspirations for higher education.

The items were found across 10 different dig sites in the Lincolnshire village of Bardney, as 40 schoolchildren from 12 different schools joined Time Team presenter Professor Lewis. The finds will now contribute to important historical research at the University of Lincoln.

The HEFA lasts three days – the first two days were spent excavating, and the final day was held at the University of Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool Campus, when participants evaluated their finds and learned more about studying at degree level.

The Academy is designed to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and self-confidence through active contribution to new academic research.

Professor Lewis, who joined the University of Lincoln as Professor for Public Understanding of Research in September 2015 and is based in Lincoln’s School of History & Heritage, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Higher Education Field Academy to Lincolnshire. This first dig been a great success, with more than 40 local children taking part. It is a wonderful experience for them; getting out of the classroom and piecing history together for themselves.

“This dig has been a fantastic collaborative effort, involving not just the Universities of Lincoln and Cambridge and the schools, but also local history groups and the Bardney village residents who have kindly donated their gardens for us to explore. The students have made important new discoveries about the history of the village while developing knowledge, skills and attitudes which will help them in the future.”

The pupils worked in in small mixed-school teams supervised by Professor Lewis and other experienced archaeologists. The HEFA follows a unique format devised by Professor Lewis in Cambridge in 2005. Lincolnshire teenagers involved in the Bardney excavations now join the ranks of more than 5,000 other teenagers who have taken part in HEFA in East Anglia, more than 90% of whom have rated the experience as good or excellent.

Emily Walton (16), who attends Branston Community Academy near Lincoln, said: “It has been a great experience because when we started digging we found small pieces of pot, but as we got deeper into the ground we were discovering much larger pieces of medieval pottery, glass, metal, and even some animal teeth and bones. It was fascinating to look around at the house and garden we were in because it all looked so modern and pristine, but underneath it there are layers and layers of history.

“In the future I’d love to go to university to study history and archaeology, so this is an ideal experience for me, and it has been lots of fun to meet people from different schools, to work as part of a team and to get out of our comfort zones.”

Take a part of the Northamptonshire archive home!

northantsphotoThe Northamptonshire Archive, based at Wootton Hall Park in Northampton, has launched a range of high quality products featuring selected images from the archive collection.  Exclusively available online , each item is produced to order and delivered to the customer’s address.

Whether it’s a quirky mug, some Christm
as cards or a beautiful framed print, there is something to suit all budgets.  Images currently available include vintage maps and Victorian Christmas cards – although the range will be extended.

The range can be seen at

Grave slab of Robert de Markham rediscovered

rufford-abbeyThe grave slab of a medieval monk who was buried at Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire has been rediscovered in English Heritage’s national collection store at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

The decorated slab commemorates Robert de Markham and dates from 1399. It was removed from the chapel at Rufford Abbey in the 1950s when the building was partially demolished.

Further details from the BBC Nottingham website.

The Montagu Monuments


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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.