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  • Forthcoming conferences, meetings and other events on subjects relating to the historic environment of the East Midlands that are arranged by local societies, university departments, etc.
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  • Opportunities for volunteer and community involvement in excavations, building surveys, historical research and other activities focused in the East Midlands


Launch of 'For the Love of Lettuce - a Celebration of Melbourne's Market Gardening Heritage': in May the Melbourne Festival (Arts Melbourne Limited) launched its project exploring the history of Market Gardening in Melbourne, highlighting how the town's surviving market gardeners ensure that the industry survives. The project is funded by a Sharing Heritage grant (HLF) and includes collecting memories, anecdotes and images, plus creative and grown outputs. More information at http://melbournefestival.co.uk/for-the-love-of-lettuce/

The Arkwright Society seeks volunteers: join the team at the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The Arkwright Society is looking for people who would like to join the team of around 100 volunteers connected to Cromford Mills, with a variety of roles available. Woodland management and fundraising volunteers are also needed for Slinter Woods, Dunsley Meadows and the Lumsdale Valley. For information, contact details and a volunteer form see https://www.cromfordmills.org.uk/volunteer

Markham Colliery project wins funding: in November 2017 Derbyshire County Council won a grant from the HLF for a project unearthing untold stories of Markham Colliery. 'The Story Mine' will research the lives of some of the thousands of local men who worked at the site between 1882 and 1993, and local residents will be invited to participate in a number of events organised by the Markham Mining Memorial Community Working Group. Markham Colliery, reclaimed by Derbyshire County Council and Henry Boot Developments, is now home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme. The announcement can be seen at http://www.eastmidlandsbusinesslink.co.uk/mag/ooo/lottery-funds-markham-colliery-history-project-35000/

Peak in the Past : rediscover the history and landscape of the Peak District. This community heritage group aims to celebrate, support and promote the Peak District National Park and its cultural heritage through a historical documentary online television series with accompanying resources that explore the landscape of the Peak District through the secrets of its past. Many of its resources can be previewed at http://www.peakinthepast.co.uk/index.html


'Life at Work: Local Industry': this new exhibition of photos and objects was created by Leicester Museums in partnership with New Parks Library and local residents. It tells some of the stories of local industry and explores memories of working life in Leicester. New Parks Library, 321 Aikman Avenue, Leicester, LE3 9PW. For more information contact newparks.lib@leicester.gov.uk

Votes needed by Roman Leicester project: The Stibbe project, the largest excavation in Leicester for over a decade, has been nominated for Current Archaeology Magazine's Rescue Project of the Year award. The project was delivered by ULAS and excavated a block of land in central Leicester known as Stibbe. Highlights included one of the largest and highest-status Roman mosaic floors ever discovered in Leicester, which has been lifted for future public display. Over 5,500 people visited the site and the project was featured in issue 332 of Current Archaeology. Awards are decided entirely by public vote, with more information available at http://www.archaeology.co.uk/vote

Image Leicestershire: discover the history and archaeology of Leicestershire with Image Leicestershire. This online assemblage of material from the collections of Leicestershire Libraries and Leicestershire Museums, Libraries and Archives services includes historic photos, plans and artworks, plus images of museum collections and archival documents. Items of particular relevance include plans and drawings of lost buildings and monuments, historic photos of excavations, finds and heritage sites, landscape depictions in older artwork, and images of museum archaeological collections. The site can be searched by keyword or category, with images downloadable for research or personal use and copies available to purchase. http://imageleicestershire.org.uk/

Leicestershire Victoria County History: can you help? This year saw the publication of the first book in the Leicestershire Victoria County History series since 1964. Volunteer researchers are now working through the 300 towns and villages that remain to be covered. The project seeks volunteers to join a team researching these parish and town histories (currently Ibstock). Training and support will be provided and research costs covered. This volunteer research project is delivered by the Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, a registered charity, and donations and financial support to assist with costs are also welcomed. https://www.leicestershirehistory.co.uk/

Great Bowden Heritage and Archaeology: information is needed about St Luke's hospital/workhouse, Market Harborough. The group is searching for information relating to the history of the site, which has served variously as an almshouse, workhouse and hospital. Particular areas of interest include the nurses' home (built in 1939), the workhouse building demolished in 1979, and the building used by the Opportunities Programme. See http://www.greatbowdenheritage.btck.co.uk/BowdenRidgeResearchWorkhouseStLukes or contact greatbowdenheritage@virginmedia.com


Lincs to the Past: over 0.5 million images available online. This online resource contains image of items held in libraries, museums and archives from across Lincolnshire, the Historic Environment Record and the Tennyson Research Centre. Images accessible through the search facility include parish records, museum objects, photos, exhibitions, maps and archival sources. Users are also encouraged to add comments and tags to images and records. http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/

Bronze Age discoveries on the outskirts of Lincoln: Network Archaeology Ltd has made discoveries on the northern side of the River Withan that suggest a third millennium BC ceremonial enclosure. It seems to have become a sacred place for cremation burials by 2000AD, and subsequently a focal point within the Bronze Age cemetery.This important site is adding significantly to the understanding of Neolithic and Bronze Age Lincolnshire and the East Midlands more widely. http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-unearth-massive-5000-year-603713?

New book on excavations on Lincoln's High Street: In 2012 Allen Archaeology undertook archaeological investigations at 200¬タモ201 High Street in Lincoln in advance of development. Several phases of medieval building, levelling and re-building were observed and the excavation showed that these buildings sat either side of a previously unknown road used by carts bringing goods to and from the Brayford through to the busy High Street. A new book by Maria Stockdale, A Path Through Time. Medieval Lincoln and Excavations on the High Street, 2012, tells the story of medieval Lincoln through this neighbourhood http://www.allenarchaeology.co.uk/about-us/publications/

Grimsby given Heritage Action Zone status: Announced in December 2017, the new HAZ plan for Grimsby seeks to stimulate the local economy and provide employment through heritage-led regeneration. It recognizes the unique insight into England's history as a sea-faring nation preserved in Grimsby's fishing docks and associated buildings http://ow.ly/NeFi30h4E3v


Echoes and Footsteps: researching and sharing how Geddington was affected by WW1. A 'First World War: Then and Now' grant from the HLF is funding Geddington School's exploration of the local impact of the First World War. For more information see http://www.geddington.net/2017/06/geddington-school-and-the-imperial-war-museum/

The Northamptonshire HER is now available on the Heritage Gateway: http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/

New app makes visible 13th-century Northampton Castle: A new virtual reality app commissioned by the Friends of Northampton Castle makes visible the medieval castle as it could have been in 1222. Take a tour around the castle, see what life was like for its residents, take part in mini games and quests, learn about preparations for a tournament, uncover local legends, and watch the tournament unfold. Available to download free of charge at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pct.northamptoncastle2&hl=en_GB

Northamptonshire Heritage: discover the county's historic environment with the Northamptonshire Heritage portal. Search for heritage sites and assets of specific types by parish, postcode or map location, browse thematic articles and discussions, and access historic landscape character areas in the Northamptonshire Environmental Character and Green Infrastructure Suite. Also includes links to further information on archives, archaeology, planning, the Historic Environment Record and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The site can be accessed at http://www.northamptonshireheritage.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx


Site open day at Wingerworth, Saturday 9 December: Trent & Peak Archaeology will be holding an open day at its Romano-British excavation site near Chesterfield. The day is free to attend, and includes finds, tours and hands-on excavation sessions. To avoid disappointment, advance booking is recommended for the tours and digging sessions (https://yat.digitickets.co.uk/tickets). Visitors will see the remains of 1,700 year-old property boundaries, pens and working areas, as well as evidence of kilns used by the Romano-British inhabitants. For directions and full information see http://ow.ly/Bc8G30h4v8x)

Inspire Picture Archive: this new online collection give access to thousands of historic images of the county held by Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries. Images can be tagged with keywords (helping other users to find them) and copies purchased. https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/heritage/inspire-picture-archive/

Fieldwalking opportunities this winter: Southwell Community Archaeology Group welcomes new members to join its Saturday fieldwalking sessions, which will begin again in 2018. The group also washes and records finds on Thursdays. Membership is open to everyone (no matter where you live). No experience of fieldwalking (or archaeology in general) is required, and beginners are welcome. Find out more about the group and its activities at http://www.southwellarchaeology.org.uk/

Kelham Revealed Project wins HLF funding: In September 2017 the HLF awarded funding for a two-year community research project investigating the location & scale of the medieval village, the development of the church and Kelham Hall, and the Civil War period. It will also record previously unrecorded Civil War earthworks. Volunteers will be able to access training in a variety of archaeological, historical and arts-based skills, culminating in the production of a heritage exhibition showcased at Kelham Hall. For more information and opportunities to get involved see http://www.involveheritage.co.uk/projects/kelham-revealed/.

Major exhibition at the University of Nottingham: A major touring exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust is bringing Viking history to Nottingham this winter. Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands (15 December-8 April) explores Scandinavian influences on the East Midlands, and their enduring legacy. Viking: Rediscover the Legend (25 November-4 March) presents new discoveries and interpretations of what it meant to be a Viking. Both exhibitions, with associated living history and family activities, guest talks and exhibition tours, are held t Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham. This exciting programme is a partnership between the University of Nottingham Museum, Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, and the Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands project, led by the University of Nottingham's Centre for the Study of the Viking Age. https://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/whats-on/vikings.html

Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands: This AHRC-funded project at the University of Nottingham examines the impact of the Viking diaspora on the East Midlands. It also seeks to provide opportunities for creative engagement with the region's Viking heritage through knowledge exchange workshops, public seminars, an East Midlands-themed exhibition, and a website. The project blog and the option to sign up to the project mailing list can be found at http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/eastmidlandsvikings/

Regional and national events and organisations #

New round of Sandford Award bursaries opens in December 2017: organisations in the East Midlands seeking to enhance their formal learning offer are invited to apply for a Sandford Award bursary. The next round of applications opens in early December, with heritage sites, museums, collections and archives all eligible to apply. Awards are valid for three five years. The bursaries form part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Sandford Cascade Project, and 2017 winners include Mansfield Museum (Notts). For more information see http://sandfordaward.org/apply/

East Midlands Coalmining Heritage Forum: this newly forming Forum aims to assist communication and networking between coalmining heritage groups and organisations within the region, establish links with higher education establishments, and safeguard documentation and artefacts held in collections potentially at risk. Contact David Amos on 07914 373745.

200th anniversary of the Mansfield to Pinxton railway line: Opened in 1819, and initially using horse-drawn trucks, this is believed to be one of the oldest continually running lines in the UK. A new collaboration, the Mansfield-Pinxton Bi-Centennial Celebration Project, aims to apply for funding to research the line's full history, create a 3D model of the line and its rolling stock, direct a play, involve the local community, organize celebratory events and produce memorabilia. Current partners include Kirkby & District Archaeological Group, Sutton Heritage Society, the Old Mansfield Society, the Pinxton & South Normanton Local History Society and individuals. For more information, or to get involved, contact Trevor Lewis (Steering Group Secretary) at trevorandpam@gmail.com

Last updated 7 December 2017

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