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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.
  • Funding news and opportunities, forthcoming publications and calls for papers of particular relevance to the region
  • Opportunities for volunteer and community involvement in excavations, building surveys, historical research and other activities focused in the East Midlands

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Castleton Historical Society summer excavation: new volunteers, including beginners, are welcome to join this dig taking place from 9 July to 5 August (including most weekends). The dig will be led by Colin Merrony of the University of Sheffield and includes work at both New Hall and the Spital Field. For information see http://ow.ly/QBTp30jCP0x or contact Angela (amstafford@hotmail.co.uk) with your preferred dates.

Funding awarded to Codnor Castle: in March the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust was awarded both a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant and Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability funding for the 'Consolidating the past to secure and explore the future of Codnor Castle and its surroundings' project. This will increase understanding of an important heritage asset and explore options for the future use of Codnor Castle, consisting of the castle ruins, a farmhouse and outbuildings https://buff.ly/2DCT5ET

Derwent & Wye Valley Railway Trust - Heritage Lottery Fund grant: a grant will support the 'Tracking Our Heritage' project, exploring the railway heritage of key sites in Derbyshire http://ow.ly/vc3I30jzkUo. A number of new volunteering opportunities are available to local residents, who will be trained in oral history and interviewing, research, recording information and presenting findings, culminating in a book and exhibition http://ow.ly/Ij9C30jzmNm

Barrow Hill Roundhouse volunteer dig: Volunteers are invited to join the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society and Trent & Peak Archaeology in excavating two trenches over a row of two up-two down railway-worker cottages built in the 1840s by the Staveley Coal and Iron Company. The public is also welcome to come to observe the dig in action, family hands-on sessions take place on 30 July-1 August, and a celebration event will be held on 4-5 August. For booking see http://ow.ly/6P1o30khPDp


Research grants from the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society: funding is available for research into the archaeology, architectural history and history of Rutland and Leicestershire. Proposals for research placing evidence from Rutland and Leicestershire within a broader regional or national framework are also welcome, as are applications from non-members. For more information see http://ow.ly/FwSA30i6Fs3

Investigating Ilott Wharf's Hidden Heritage (Ashby Canal Association): this new project was awarded Heritage Lottery Fund support in 2018 and will investigate the heritage of Ilott Wharf, on the Ashby Canal (near Measham) http://ow.ly/Y0vT30jzl27

Rutland and Leicestershire Festival of Archaeology: this will run from Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 July. It includes talks, walks, presentations, displays and exhibitions, family-friendly events and have-a-go activities. More information, and a programme, is available at https://buff.ly/2pmOaTY and https://buff.ly/2xqjmYX

John Taylor Bellfoundry (Loughborough): Saving the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain: Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust was founded in 2016 to hold the site in perpetuity, protect its unique archives, manufacturing methods and tools, and prepare a basis for pursuing the comprehensive restoration of the buildings. It has been working with John Taylor & Co. to develop proposals for the future of the site and a grant application was submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund in winter 2017. The Trust is actively campaigning to raise awareness and gain evidence of support. http://ow.ly/PbfZ30jqUWJ

New publication: The Medieval Earthworks of South & South East Leicestershire: This new book by Robert Hartley, published in conjunction with the Leicestershire Fieldworkers, is available to purchase through http://ow.ly/p9ML30kRhhm. A set of talks this September will also share some of its findings. For more information see http://ow.ly/JvPs30kRhjc


Benington Community Heritage Trust (BCHT): free heritage skills sessions: BCHT is currently transforming All Saints Church into a community centre and events venue. In conjunction with the Churches Conservation Trust members are running a number of free 'hard hat' heritage training sessions in and around the church building. These will be of particular interest to anyone involved in the upkeep, regeneration or conversion of a historic building. Booking is required and is managed through Eventbrite. https://buff.ly/2tiuBh3

Castles and Manors project: the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership will be carrying out archaeological investigations searching for the Mowbray family's medieval manor house at Vinegarth, Epworth. The project aims to map the location and extent of the manor house buildings and settlement, exploring areas not previously investigated. A community dig runs on 17-28 July, and family sessions on 26 July. Other activities include a medieval concert, an evening stroll and a medieval open day. To book see http://ow.ly/xLgi30kEbNT and http://ow.ly/OLBk30kEbOT

Have-a-go workshops in North Lincolnshire: the Presenting the Past project - one of 16 Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership projects - is offering a number of short have-a-go archaeological taster workshops and evening sessions this summer, in areas such as fieldwalking, metal detecting and geophysics. Ages 8-plus (children to attend with an adult). For more information, and to book, see http://ow.ly/yXL130kRqqO

Norton Disney: If you are interested in being part of, or helping to lead, a possible new group investigating Potter's Hill and its immediate surrounds please contact Richard Parker via http://ow.ly/Ugcg30jqWA4. Richard would like to hear from anyone who is interested in exploring the archaeology of Norton Disney or who has archaeological skills or transferable experience (e.g. fundraising, trusteeship or volunteer management) to offer.

Explore Churches: Great Interpretations: in spring 2018 the HLF awarded the National Churches Trust a grant to work with 36 churches in Lincolnshire to improve their interpretation and tourism information resources http://ow.ly/kwhJ30jznR2


The Northamptonshire HER is now available on the Heritage Gateway: https://buff.ly/2oaOvsp

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, participate 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 http://ow.ly/AkDB30i6WWH

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 (HER) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The site can be accessed at http://ow.ly/vQ8X30i6WYk

Heritage Lottery Fund support awarded to 'Sharing Repton': A Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been awarded to the Garden Trust for a project based around five Humphry Repton sites, working with local volunteers to deliver pilot activities. The project will also create an infrastructure of skill sharing, guidance materials and training workshops. The five sites include Northamptonshire's Wicksteed Park (in association with Northamptonshire Gardens Trust), and the Gardens Trust would like to hear from anybody wanting to participate or to link into the skill sharing and training. Contact repton@thegardenstrust.org for information.


National Lottery funding awarded to Nottinghamshire County Council and partners: in July 2018 a major grant was awarded for "From Miner to Major: The Real Sherwood Forest". Local communities will be given the skills and knowledge to look after the landscape, through restoring vital heathland, protection and conservation of ancient trees, and local history projects mapping Sherwood over the past 100 years https://buff.ly/2LEnN5e

Mercian Archaological Services CIC field school at King's Clipstone: week-long places are available to join this training field school in September 2018.https://buff.ly/2tilaOq

Clumber House excavation: National Trust volunteers, supported by Trent & Peak Archaeology, will be carrying out an excavation at the site of the mansion house (demolished in 1938) in July 2018. Visitors to the park will have the opportunity to see the dig underway, and to participate in a weekend celebration of archaeology (normal site admission fees apply). Further information is available at http://ow.ly/PveT30khRr9

Hucknall Tourism & Regeneration Group summer bus tours: these tours will visit a variety of heritage centres and buildings both around Hucknall and in the wider area, including sites such as Bilsthorpe Heritage Centre, the Tithe Barn Burial Ground, Beauvale Priory, the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Museum, Papplewick Pumping Station and a number of churches. Many tours are free, with others including a charge only for refreshments or venue admission. Advance booking is essential. To book see http://ow.ly/mv8o30jqVXX

Heritage Lottery Fund support for the Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society: an HLF grant, awarded in spring 2018, and a donation from SolarCentury have made possible a new 'Warriors Through the Landscape' project investigating the impact of warriors and battles on the historic landscape of Cuckney. The project will include LiDAR, topographical survey and fieldwork, with opportunities for community involvement https://buff.ly/2JLtnpy


Rutland and Leicestershire Festival of Archaeology: running from Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 July, the Festival includes a number of talks, exhibitions, walks, guided tours, family events and have-a-go activities. Information and a printable programme are available at https://buff.ly/2pmOaTY


Action plan to address the challenge of sustainable management of archaeological archives: A new action plan has been developed by Historic England and Arts Council England, in conjunction with a number of heritage organisations. Key features include: investigating the potential for national or regional repositories; understanding and promoting access and use; clarifying issues of ownership and title transfer; exploring sensible charging frameworks; increasing the focus on retaining only what is truly significant; and exploring new technologies and methods of storage. More information can be found at http://ow.ly/V6UJ30kRrxW

Homefront Legacy 1914-1918: cut-off date for submissions 3 August 2018: play a part in discovering, recording and helping to safeguard the surviving remains of the First World War in the UK. Toolkits, guides and resources are available to guide you in recording sites, structures and buildings, while the project website includes information on site recording, site visits and the Historic Environment Record (HER), plus links to repositories, archives and projects, online resources, and National Monuments Records and Archives. A search facility also allows members of the public to search for and view the entries for sites already recorded and documented, with links to their HER entries. Visit the project site at http://ow.ly/rTk530i6MNa

National Pipe Archive online: a new Historic England-funded digitisation project makes available online some of the key elements of the National Pipe Archive and promotes best practice by drawing up new guidelines for the recovery, processing and identification of tobacco pipes from archaeological projects. https://buff.ly/2zl0StU

Changing War Memorials Survey: The Century of Stories research project on Changing War Memorials seeks your knowledge, thoughts, experiences and photographs relating to First World War memorials both local to you and more widely across the UK. It is also interested in finding out about memorials that have evolved over time.As a thank you, respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher. See https://bit.ly/2jvF4Rv

Enriching The List (ETL) project, Historic England: Historic England is looking for new volunteers who can search its online collections for images of listed sites. This is a virtual volunteering project that enables users of the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) to share their knowledge and photos of protected heritage sites on The List in their own local area https://buff.ly/2k2Q0qd

Mick Aston Archaeology Fund (MAAF): applications now open: Grants are available to voluntary groups, societies and individuals seeking funding for innovative research projects that enhance understanding of local heritage through the direct involvement of the community. Project proposals can cover any aspect of the archaeological research, from the production and analysis of data including excavation, geophysics, buildings recording, landscape survey, experimental archaeology and field walking. Applications are also welcomed from projects using new methods of engagement and dissemination that will help introduce a wider audience to archaeology, and also from projects involving excavations relating to metal detecting spot finds. More information is available at https://buff.ly/2FoZbcR

Roman Rural Settlement Project: the project's database of 209 records from 23 sample defended small towns is now available to download via the Archaeology Data Service at http://ow.ly/SXQs30j7rpO

Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage: this national interdisciplinary conference takes place at the University of Bradford on 16-18 November 2018. It explores key themes that can broaden our horizons and improve connections between all areas of society interested in woodland history. The call for abstracts closes on 22 June. Posters are also invited. See https://buff.ly/2kyyHxv

Rockart CARE: new app for recording open-air rock art: open-air Neolithic and Early Bronze Age rock art, created between 6,000 and 3,800 years ago, is at risk. This new app can be downloaded by anyone and used to log the art's location and condition, the state of the motifs and potential threats. This data is then sent to the Heritage and Science: Working Together in the CARE of Rock Art project team and to local heritage officials. The project is a collaboration between Newcastle University and Queen's University Belfast, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Newcastle University. Download the free app at https://buff.ly/2A5oH4c or https://buff.ly/2CtoTAk


Call for articles: special edition on the local legacy of the First World War: this special edition of East Midlands History & Heritage (January 2019) seeks articles and stories on the local impact and consequences of the Great War. These could include memorialisation, 'homes for heroes' (and resultant changes to the transport infrastructure), the fate of munitions and tank factories, the rise of neo-romanticism in interwar architecture, or other immediate or long-term impacts on the built and natural landscape.For more information see http://ow.ly/DnoI30i3CA8

East Midlands Heritage Forum occasional bulletin: the latest bulletin identifies 6 areas of need for voluntary organisations involved in the preservation of historic buildings in the East Midlands, and seeks to build a collective picture of the support, advice and resources currently available. It also includes updates on Operation Heritage, the County Gardens Trusts, Heritage Counts and the region's two HAZs, plus news on funding and recently published guidance. It can be accessed at http://ow.ly/NtS430jqWhK

Working Lives: Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands: in April 2018 HLF East Midlands launched a new campaign seeking to encourage funding applications for projects exploring working lives and life at work in the distant and more recent past. Subjects relating to the historic environment might include, for example, working culture, working conditions and workplaces, and their legacies and survival https://buff.ly/2Ktfc5n

Funding awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2018: for a list of projects in the region awarded funding in 2018 see https://buff.ly/2tijDb8

Issue 6 of East Midlands Heritage & History (EMHH) now out: the printed version is now widely available at museums, libraries, archives and heritage venues, with articles on the consequences of WWI in Nottingham, capturing the hidden cultural contribution of the UK's African and African Caribbean community, the early modern non-conformist families of Brewhouse Yard, RAF Balderton in WWII, the wartime use of Nottingham's caves, a thousand years of life in Charnwood, toy manufacture in Leicestershire, the Derbyshire county squire Henry Bowdon and the Leicestershire Coffee and Cocoa House Company Limited. It also includes a summary of the East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework (EMHERF) and the ways in which members of the community can provide updates on their own research. To receive copies for your group, site or venue contact Nick Hayes at Emhist@virginmedia.com. An online version is also available at https://buff.ly/2t9N9Do

Last updated 16 July 2018

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