Heritage Archive



Feb 20, 2021
Chesterfield Canal

Two Canal Pioneers

The original idea for the canal was put forward by businessmen in and around Chesterfield. They wanted to find a more reliable and efficient way of moving their produce to other markets. Chief amongst these were heavy goods like lead, from the Peak District mines, and coal from Staveley and Killamarsh. By far the best way to carry such goods was by river, but the nearest port was Bawtry on the River Idle, over 30 miles away.

Feb 20, 2021
Pilgrim Roots

Pilgrim Trails & Online History

Despite being closed due to current restrictions, the staff at the Pilgrims Gallery in Bassetlaw Museum are working hard to share stories about the Pilgrims and their lives 400 years ago.

Jan 1, 2021
Pilgrims’ anniversary commemorations extend into 2021

Pilgrim Roots

Some of the events planned as part of local efforts to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story will now happen in 2021, so there is plenty more to look forward to and take part in. Many activities shifted online last year in response to the pandemic, including a successful stay-at-home Illuminate event.

Jan 1, 2021
Into Sherwood

The Major & The Oak

The Major Oak can be found at the heart of what was Birklands and Bilhaugh Woods - crown woods situated in the ‘High Forest’ area of Sherwood in Medieval times - which today form part of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Edwinstowe. Crowds flock to the 450-acre forest all year round eager to see this ancient and magnificent oak landmark. In fact such is its popularity that it was voted ‘Britain’s Favourite Tree’ in a 2002 national survey, and crowned ‘England’s Tree of the Year’ in the Woodland Trust’s public poll in 2014. At an estimated 23 tons, with a girth of 33 feet (10 metres) ...

Jan 1, 2021
Welbeck Estate

Welcome To Historical Welbeck

Set in 15,000 acres of rolling parkland on the edge of Sherwood Forest, the estate surrounding the historic Welbeck Abbey is no stranger to reinvention and change. From its foundations as a monastery in 1153, it became a Cavalier residence before its later role as the country seat to a succession of Dukes of Portland. For a short time, the estate formed a base for an army hospital during the First World War and it became an army training college from the 1950s through to 2005.

Jan 1, 2021
Chesterfield Canal

Cuckoo Boats

Over the centuries, the designs of boats using other, interconnected canals evolved and becoming fairly standard. However, the Chesterfield boats changed very little. They were usually used for fairly short trips. They often had a crew of two who did not live permanently on the boats. Therefore they did not have large cabins and were not highly decorated.

Nov 1, 2020
Newark Air Museum

Aviation Trail

The diversity of aviation memorial locations across the county is impressive. These memorials are not just at airfield sites, but they can also be found in churches, village halls, on city streets and at remote countryside locations. Some memorials are relatively new, whilst others can trace their origins back decades. These memorials, some of them raised through public subscription, reflect the lives of national figures like Albert Ball VC; whilst others are simpler marks of respect that have been erected thanks to the efforts of small groups of individuals. There are even sculptures and p...

Nov 1, 2020
Pilgrim Roots

One Small Candle: November’s Illuminate In The Pilgrim Roots Region

The Mayflower set sail 400 years ago in September, and commemorations of the anniversary have involved places in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire as part of the national Mayflower 400 partnership.
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