Category Archives: Publication

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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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 5 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:
  • Entertaining the community: hospital fundraising before the NHS
  • Political biographies of the early women councillors on Nottingham City Council 1920-1930
  • Preserving local history on film
  • Young criminals on the march through the East Midlands
  • The Row that Barber built
  • ‘Danse Macabre’–Witnessing the Black Death in Northamptonshire through manorial records
  • East Midlands Airport: From local airfield to regional hub
  • The stones of Wakerley Bridge
  • The social world of Nottingham’s green spaces
  • The Fearon fountain

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East Midlands History & Heritage magazine issue 4 out now!

The latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine includes the following articles:
  • Thomas Hemsworth and Ashbourne Malt by Peter Collinge
  • ‘It is on the lives of infants that unhealthy influences have their deadliest effects’: Combating  Infant mortality in Nottingham and Leicester, 1890-1910 by Denise Amos
  • Supporting king and constitution: expressions of loyalism in Leicestershire, 1792-3 by Pamela J Fisher
  • 1916: The perspectives of a Lincolnshire home front poet by Andrew Jackson
  • Cavendish Bridge The 70th anniversary of a 20th-century disaster by Jenni Dobson
  • Fieldwalking with Leicestershire Fieldworkers by Kathleen E Elkin
  • The workhouse: a lasting legacy by Katherine Onion and Samantha Ball
  • The Militia Lists and family history by Matthew McCormack

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East Midlands History & Heritage Magazine, Issue 3 out now!

magazine-vol-3--coverThe latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage magazine has the theme of ‘hidden voices’ and articles include:
  • Battle-scarred: Surgery, medicine and military welfare during the British Civil Wars
  • “Slave-trade legacies: The colour of money”: Nottingham-based Heritage Project, finalist for National Lottery Awards 2016
  • Voices from the past: The search for medieval graffiti in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire
  • Asylums at war: Duston War Hospital, 1916-1919
  • Silent voices of the Lincolnshire poor
  • The Pentrich Revolution Bicentenary 1817 – 2017 and the strange case of ‘Oliver the Spy’
  • ‘For those women have got pluck’: The Women’s Social and Political Union in Loughborough
  • What is happening at Delapré Abbey and why do we need you?
  • Step back in time at the 1620s House and Garden, Donington le Heath
  • Menace or inconvenience? Nottingham City’s response to the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act
  • Night tales: The incident of the Rufford Park Poachers

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‘The Labrador Companion’ by Captain George Cartwright

George Cartwright in Labrador

Three years ago, “The Labrador Companion” was discovered in Yorkshire. This is a previously unknown manuscript written by Captain George Cartwright (1739-1819) about his years spent in Labrador.  It is both an instructional text unlike any others related to the early fur trade in eastern North America, and it is also a text about natural history observations.

Cartwright was born at the manor house in Marnham, on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, and went on to become a pioneer settler in Labrador in the far north east of Canada. He was nick-named ‘Labrador’ Cartwright having lived for nearly 16 years in these sub-arctic lands hunting and collecting animals and skins for export.

This annotated edition, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, transcribes ‘The Labrador Companion’ in full. Cartwright documented the everyday work of Labrador’s particular kind of fur-trade life based on his experiences operating a series of merchant stations in southern Labrador between 1770 and 1786.—s-the-labrador-companion-products-9780773548060.php?page_id=105621&#!prettyPhoto

The Lincolnshire Landscape by Jon Fox

lincs-landscapesA new book about the landscape of Lincolnshire has been published recently.

The book ‘explores the diverse landscapes within the historic county, revealing and interpreting both their natural and human heritage in an informative and accessible way.’

The book is available now in bookshops and visitor attractions across Lincolnshire and neighbouring areas, and can also be ordered through the author’s website,

East Midlands History & Heritage Magazine, Issue 2 out!

EMHHDec2015coverA wide variety of historical articles in the latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage: letters from Charlie Clarke on the Western Front to his girlfriend back in Gainsborough; the trial and execution in 1823 of three men convicted of sodomy; defamation in Nottinghamshire in the early modern period; The Battle of Waterloo and Nottinghamshire’s ‘chosen men’; the Reformatory at Mount St. Bernard in Leicestershire; Magna Carta and the Uffington
Connection; discovering the Archaeology of Rufford Abbey Country Park 2013-2015; the Mayflower Pilgrims
in the East Midlands; Ellerslie House for Paralysed
Sailors and Soldiers in Nottingham.

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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.

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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

Peter Millington