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Join us for our next meeting, the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum AGM, which will be held online on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 from 1-3pm. It’ll be our third time convening virtually and we’re looking forward to catching up with one another.

Members and non-members alike are welcome, and along with the regular agenda items, the meeting will include a talk about grants from Lesley Owen-Jones of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a presentation about community fundraising from Annie Davies of the Museum of Cambridge. Hope to ‘see’ you at the meeting!

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2021 Forum Meetings

We look forward to meeting up, even if we may have to meet virtually until it is safe and practical to meet in person. If you’re not yet a member and are interested in finding out more, you’re welcome to ‘check out’ the Forum by attending up to two meetings without charge before being required to join by subscription (see ‘membership’ section for more information).

Our meeting schedule for 2021 is:

Thursday, 25 March, 1-3pm on Zoom.   ‘Well-being’ focus.

Tuesday, 18 May, 1-3pm on Zoom.  AGM with a focus on ‘funding’.

August ? – Summer social – TBD

Tuesday, 7 September, 1-3pm on Zoom (possibly in-person, depending on the Covid situation at the time).  Focus on ‘digital accessibility’.

Tuesday, 23 November, 1-3pm.  Focus on ‘remote volunteering’.

Looking forward to meeting up and working together in 2021!


Spring 2021 Forum Meeting to focus on wellbeing

Join us for our next meeting, the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Spring 2021 Meeting, which will be held online on Thursday, 25 March 2021 from 1-3pm. It’ll be our second time convening virtually and we’re looking forward to catching up with one another even if we cannot currently meet in person.

Members and non-members alike are welcome, and along with the regular agenda items, which will include discussion of the results of our members’ survey, we’ll be hearing from Rachel Massey, the East Midlands Champion for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), who will provide an overview of the Alliance, its work and activities, and share practical tips for boosting one’s wellbeing by connecting with nature. Hope to ‘see’ you at the meeting!

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Booking closes 24 March 2021 at 12.00 noon.

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Christmas Social & Quiz

Join us for some fun on Thursday, 17th December 2020 from 1-3pm for our first online Christmas Social & Quiz. This agenda-free, merry-making Christmas social will include plenty of time to catch up with one another and test your knowledge of all things Nottinghamshire by competing in our fun quiz. Christmas dress is strongly encouraged and do be sure to bring your favourite festive snacks and drinks ‘to the table’.
Everyone is welcome – Forum members and non-members alike. Please join us if you are interested in meeting us and finding out about what we do (we’re a friendly group).

Mark your calendars! The Forum’s AGM 2020 is set for 24 November

Join us for our next meeting, the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum AGM 2020, which is scheduled for Tuesday, 24 November 2020 from 1-3pm online. It’ll be the first time our meeting will convene virtually, and we’re looking forward to catching up with one another after such a long gap between meetings.

Members and non-members alike are welcome, and along with the usual AGM agenda items, we’ll be hearing from Nottingham Castle staff about the castle development. Hope to ‘see’ you at the meeting!

Book your free place today on Eventbrite at:

Booking closes 20 November 2020 at 12.00 noon.

For further information, contact the Forum on email:

Summer Social 2020 cancelled

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the Forum’s Summer Social, which had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 8th September 2020 from 2-4pm at Bestwood Country Park.  Unfortunately, the venue within the park that we had been planning to use remains closed, and considering other factors such as social distancing, Covid-secure requirements, and many of our members still on furlough or their sites remaining closed or operating at reduced capacity, the Forum felt that cancelling the event was best.

We had looked forward to seeing everyone again – and welcoming new faces – at the event, but we look forward to the day when we will be able to reconnect in-person.  Until then, please keep checking our Forum Facebook page – and Forum Members’ Facebook Group page (a more personal space to share news, opinions, thoughts and ideas) – and our website for updates and future events.

Forum update

To our Forum,

We hope you are keeping well during these very uncertain times.  Firstly, our thanks on behalf of the Forum Committee for your understanding of delays in responses to emails sent to the Forum email account and postponements of our meetings during what has been a particularly chaotic time in co-ordinating Covid-19 responses within our wider respective organisations.

We were pleased to partner with Museums Development East Midlands (MDEM) on the recent ‘Re-opening the Region’ online session on 26th June, which detailed a range of information and resources available to support museums, galleries and heritage sites in re-opening once museums, galleries and heritage attractions are allowed to open in England from 4th July.  It was good to connect with members again and we will share news of future sessions planned and updates as received.

To help keep members in touch in what can feel a lonely and distant time, we set up a Facebook group for active forum members.  This can be accessed by following the link that follows and completing the membership questions to join:

It was with regret that the Committee had to take the decision to postpone the 19th May 2020 AGM meeting, which was scheduled to take place at Trent Bridge Cricket Club.  It is likely that this postponement, as a result of extenuating circumstances caused by Covid-19, will take this year’s AGM into the summer or early autumn months.  We are currently exploring options around alternative dates, or the possibility of hosting an online meeting if necessary.  In the meantime, our existing Committee, including those who came to an end of their existing term in May 2020, will continue to support the Forum. 

Lastly, the Committee made the decision to postpone membership dues (2020-2021) until further notice and to cancel the proposed 2020 Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards, and is currently in discussion with MDEM as regards the future format for the awards.

In the meantime, we’d like to take this opportunity to send very best wishes to all our members during this difficult time.

– The Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Committee 

‘Re-opening the Region’ session a success

A big thank you to Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM @MusDevEM) for the very useful ‘Re-opening the Region’ partnership event (online on Zoom) on 26th June with the Forum. It was great to see so many Forum members and to share experiences and resources as we prepare to re-open our sites in line with Covid-19-secure guidelines.


If you weren’t able to join in the session, some of the information that was referenced during the workshop includes:

MDEM will be working with the Forum to run another session a few weeks after some organisations have reopened, to hear how things have gone and share experiences, so watch this space.

In the meantime, if you have any resources you’d like to share, please do send these to the Forum group as a whole – either on the ‘Nottingham Heritage Forum Members Area’ Facebook page (join at: or in an email to the Forum (and we will in turn forward to the rest of the Forum), as it would be great to see what everyone is getting up to and support each other further.

Who were the Winners at the Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018!?

‘Celebrating creativity and innovation across Nottinghamshire’s heritage sites’

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018 took place on Thursday 14 June, providing the opportunity to celebrate excellence across the county’s museums, historic houses and heritage sites. The awards, arranged by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum, recognised innovation, creativity and sheer determination, featuring award entries from organisations across the county.

The awards ceremony took place at Nottingham Trent University’s Pavilion Building at the Clifton Campus on Thursday 14 June. More than 60 guests attended the evening awards ceremony to celebrate the many achievements of Nottinghamshire’s heritage sites over the past two years, as part of the biennial awards.

The 2018 awards received 28 award entries, made by 16 individual heritage organisations- all hoping to scoop an award from a total of 8 award categories. The entries were made by heritage organisations both large and small- from all corners of the county. All of the entries demonstrated the outstanding innovation, hard work and creativity taking place in heritage organisations across Nottinghamshire. The awards were judged by Jayne Nightingale- Partnerships Manager at Visit Nottinghamshire, Rebecca Morris-Buck Alumni Relationship Co-ordinator at Nottingham Trent University and Dr Katharina Massing- Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at Nottingham Trent University. The judging panel were particularly impressed with the variety of entries, many of which benefited local community audiences, and showcased new ideas for engaging visitors of all ages. Tough decisions were made by the judges, from applications, plus supporting photographs and feedback put forward by entrants.

John Holmes of BBC Radio Nottingham presented a celebratory awards ceremony, which showcased a snapshot of each of the award entrants’ projects and provided a broad and inspirational picture of the fantastic projects undertaken across the county over the past two years.

The awards ceremony was preceded in the day by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Conference 2018, which was attended by many of the entrants, as well as wider heritage organisations, and concluded with a light-hearted Nottinghamshire Heritage Quiz before the evening awards ceremony.

This year’s awards featured a total of eight award categories, plus two judges’ special awards. Each of the award winners received a trophy. The Winners were…

Surviving and Thriving Award:
Winner: Canalside Heritage Centre Trust

Volunteer Power Award:
Special Commendation: Canalside Heritage Centre Trust
Winner: Green’s Mill and Science Centre

Best Event:
Winner: Mansfield Museum

Best Exhibition:
Special Commendation: National Justice Museum
Winner: Mansfield Museum

Collections Development Award:
Winner: Bassetlaw Museum

New Audiences Award:
Winner: Mr Straw’s House (National Trust)

Best Nottingham Trent University Student Poster:
Alexandra Gregory

Nottinghamshire Heritage Site of the Year 2018:
Winner: Mr Straw’s House (National Trust)

Judges Special Awards
Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum: For Achieving Arts Council England Accreditation:
Clumber Park: For Creative Volunteer Engagement:

The awards, organised by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum, would not have been possible without sponsorship from Nottingham Trent University and Museum Development East Midlands, plus the generous assistance of John Holmes of BBC Radio Nottingham and this year’s judges Jayne Nightingale of Visit Nottinghamshire and Rebecca Morris-Buck and Dr Katharina Massing of Nottingham Trent University. The awards were organised in conjunction with support from Culture Syndicates CIC.

Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards and Conference 2018

It’s time to book your FREE tickets for the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Conference and Awards, celebrating the achievements and excellence of heritage sites throughout Nottinghamshire.



Thursday 14 June 2018 2-8pm

At Nottingham Trent University,
Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS
Free Entry Free Parking

Kindly supported and funded by Museum Development East Midlands and Nottingham Trent University

The 3rd Biennial Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Conference ‘Let’s Dress Up’ explores themes of playfulness, experiential engagement and role play in Heritage.

Conference talks and practical workshops will explore how enabling visitors to take a step closer into the lives of others via creative interpretation and interactives can inspire people within heritage themes and provide opportunities to connect with new viewpoints and stories.

2:00pm Arrival and Welcome

2:10pm Keynote Talk: Alison Oddey:
‘Working with Heritage Sites to Produce Interactive Performances’

Option 1) Workshop: ‘Exploring the Dressing Up Box’ Top tips from a panel of professionals on the practicalities of costumed interpretation and how to get started.

(Option 2) Talk: ‘Fighting for Our Heritage’
Find out more about the WW1 projects undertaken across Nottinghamshire as part of the Fighting for our Heritage HLF funded project

3:10pm Tea & Coffee Break

(Option 1) Workshop: Ian Rowson
‘Making Collection Catalogues on a Budget’
Cost effective options for collection catalogues.

(Option 2) Talk: ‘Fighting for Our Heritage’ TBC
A second chance to find out more about the WW1 projects undertaken across Nottinghamshire as part of the Fighting for our Heritage HLF funded project

4:00pm The Great Nottinghamshire Heritage Quiz

5:00pm Close

Followed by a buffet and the Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018 Ceremony at 7pm

Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum are delighted to welcome:

Keynote Speaker: Alison Oddey- ‘Working with Heritage Sites to Produce Interactive Performances’
Alison Oddey is a distinguished academic of over 30 years’ experience in Visual Culture, the Arts, Contemporary Performance, Film and Heritage. Alison is currently Visiting Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy; Visiting Professor of Visual Culture and Contemporary Performance at the University of Derby, UK and Reader in Visual Arts & Health at Nottingham Trent University.
Alison has published seven books, designing, writing and producing work for a variety of contexts. She will be speaking about her latest works, which are interdisciplinary and international, but with the key aim of exciting and engaging new audiences to think about life with renewed vigour and perspective.

Workshop: Ian Rowson – ‘Making Collection Catalogues on a Budget’
I’ve been working in and around the heritage sector for around 20 years, after spending the early part of my career in various technical roles in commercial companies.
My museum experience is primarily in applying ICT to the field of collections management and public access, hence my current position working for the main software company in that arena. I am particularly interested in social and industrial history, and have been a trustee for a local industrial museum for the last 18 months. My undergraduate study was in Photography, where I specialised in digital imaging. I then later went on to complete a Masters in Heritage Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Workshop: Exploring the Dressing Up Box
Top tips from local professionals on how costumed interpretation can help bring heritage sites to life, with cost effective ways to get started and ideas to take away. The workshop will be delivered by Naomi Garnett, Learning and Access Manager at the National Justice Museum, Carol King, Assistant Business Manager (Interim), Heritage, Culture & Visitors in Newark and Eleanor Baumber, Collections Development Manager at Lincolnshire County Council

Fighting For Our Heritage Talks
Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum’s ‘Fighting for Our Heritage’ project works with heritage organisations across the county to engage non-traditional heritage audiences to look at how the First World War and its aftermath affected life for people in the County. The project is facilitated by a £23k grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Now in its 2nd year, a selection of the 6 organisations involved speak about the exhibitions, events and resources they have been developing. Organisations include The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection), Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, Newark Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Mansfield Fire Museum, Radcliffe-on-Trent Local History Society and Gringley History Club

PLUS, The Great Nottinghamshire Heritage Quiz
The conference will conclude with a light-hearted heritage quiz, with prizes and a trophy to be won. We will be asking teams to sign up during the day, for a chance to win the most prestigious award Champions of the ‘Great Nottinghamshire Quiz 2018’! Rounds include:
• Pictures – Can you tell your Stonehenge from your Seahenge?
• Music– Not featuring King Crimson’s ‘The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Wax Museum’
• Film– Museums in film, for those nights in where you can’t escape work.
• What the heck is it? We all have them: name that object.
• Creative- Find out if you’re the next Henry Moore.

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