It was wonderful to see so many of Forum members (and potential members) at the Forum Summer Social on 17th August 2021 at the Museum of the Horse and the Walks of Life Museum in Tuxford. Many of you said how wonderful if it was to meet again in person and how much you look forward to future opportunities to meet. It was also enjoyable to see two museums (real hidden gems) and be treated to such warm hospitality at both. Many thanks to Sally Mitchell of the Museum of the Horse and to Neville Stankley and Diane Hunt of the Walks of Life Museum for hosting us and providing tours and refreshments. Thanks, also, to those who brought cake and/or desserts to share and to everyone who came.
Whilst the hope is that we will be able to hold more meetings in person, the current situation requires flexibility in our approach. The success of online meetings has made it possible for others to join who might not normally be able to take time out of busy schedules to travel to meetings, so a hybrid schedule of both in-person and online meetings is probably the best way forward to enable the Forum to be as inclusive as possible.
Join us for our Summer Social on Tuesday, 17th August from 2-4pm. It will be our first opportunity to meet in-person in over a year and a half and we’re looking forward to catching up and welcoming new and interested members to the Forum!
2pm – Meet at the Museum of the Horse, 1 Market Place, Tuxford NG22 0LA, where we will enjoy tea and coffee followed by a tour of the museum if numbers permit. Please bring snacks if desired. The Museum of The Horse is situated above the gallery in the large white building on the corner of Lincoln Road and Newcastle Street and has columns outside the front door. Plenty of car parking behind the museum accessed off Newcastle Street via the archway.
3pm – We will make our way over to the Walks of Life Museum, 33 Lincoln Road, Tuxford NG22 0LT, which is just a 2-minute downhill walk (700 yards) from the Museum of the Horse. You can go by car too, as there is also parking. Go under the A1 and it is on the left. A sign will be out. If you reach Costcutter you will have gone past it. A brief introduction to the site and its development will be presented, followed by tea (and cake, if people bring some) outdoors under the barn canopy.
The Summer Social will finish around 4pm, but you’re welcome to stay at the Walks of Life Museum to look around until 5pm.
No booking necessary. Please bring cake or a dessert to share (if you feel inspired). We hope to see you there!
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!
Book your free place on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nottinghamshire-heritage-forum-2021-agm-tickets-90805761477
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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’.
Tuesday, 17 August, 2-4pm, Summer Social. Meet at 2pm at the Museum of the Horse, 1 Market Place, Tuxford NG22 0LA, and later moving on to the Walks of Life Museum, Tuxford NG22 0LT, around 3pm. No booking necessary. Teas and coffees provide, please brings snacks if desired. All welcome.
Tuesday, 7 September, 1-3pm (CANCELLED)
Tuesday, 23 November, 1-3pm. Venue and focus tba.
Looking forward to meeting up and working together in 2021!
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!
Book your free place today on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nottinghamshire-heritage-forum-spring-meeting-2021-tickets-90803761495
Booking closes 24 March 2021 at 12.00 noon.
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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).
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nottinghamshire-heritage-forum-agm-2020-tickets-88716111277
Booking closes 20 November 2020 at 12.00 noon.
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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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nottsheritage/
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
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nottsheritage/) 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.