Posts Tagged ‘local heritage’

Our Trent Vale Landscape Partnership exhibition in the bandstand at Newark CastleTVLP’s Time Travel event at Newark Castle on 31 July was a great success with around 3,000 people coming along. Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Archaeology team, the castle grounds were buzzing with battle re-enactments, Saxon craftsmen, a medieval armoury, historical storyteller and an executioner (with his collection of cruel implements)!

Rarely open to the public, the castle doors were also flung open for visitors to explore the castle roof, dark store rooms and cramped, dingy dungeons.

Trevor Watson, Saxon wood workerOverwhelming numbers of people came along to explore the history, enjoy the food and watch the displays. ‘I learned plenty of new and interesting facts as my daughter went off in search of princesses’ and ‘interesting and informative, the day showed just what a gem Newark castle really is’ were views from two visitors who posted letters to the Newark Advertiser (6 Aug 2010).

Christopher Pennell, Chair of the Board of Trustees at HLF, used the event to make a speech about the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership programme. In particular, the HLF’s recognition that Trent Vale is a unique, important and special area for its heritage, wildlife and industry, and its desire to support rural communities.


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We are inviting people to explore thousands of years of history at archaeological excavations in Besthorpe Quarry on Thursday 5 August between 10 am and 4pm. The quarry is on Carlton Ferry Lane just north of Collingham, and will be signposted from Collingham.

The free open day is being organised by partners Nottinghamshire County Council as part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership. Come along between 10 am and 4pm and you will see some of the best local finds, including Stone Age flint tools, Bronze and Iron Age pottery and Roman building materials, fine glass and imported table-ware.

The Besthorpe excavation is due to finish in 2013 when quarry owner Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK will start extracting sand and gravel from the site.  Lafarge is funding the University of Salford to carry out the excavation.

We are very excited about the excavation because it an important local heritage site. Councillor John Cottee, Nottinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, said: “Besthorpe Quarry is a large and complex site that was settled from prehistoric to Roman times. It has produced a wealth of information revealing how people from nomadic hunter-gatherers to Romano-British farmers lived in and used this area. Visitors to the open day will be guided round the site by Council archaeologists and will be able to see some of the numerous finds.”

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Notts Wildlife Trust farndon willow holtOur partners the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust manage several reserves in the Trent Vale – some of them are unique providing species-rich habitats. One of these sites, Farndon Willow Holt, is a nationally important site that covers almost 10 hectares of flood meadow and grassland and is one of the few remaining working willow holts – a once common feature of many Trent site communities.

Would you like to to help to manage these reserves? Whether you fancy helping out for a few hours or on a regular basis, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are looking for volunteers and would love to hear from you. Below is a list of up and coming Trent Vale activities. If you would like to come along or to find out more, please contact Lee Schofield, Reserves Officer on 07801 865671 or email LSchofield@nottswt.co.uk

08 Jul, Thurs at Beacon Hill Reserve, Newark, Ragwort Pulling

15 Jul, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Cut paths & area around hide

14 Aug, Sat at Farndon Willow Holt, Cut meadow areas and in collection

11 Sep, Sat at Besthorpe North, Mow footpaths, coppice invasive willow

30 Sep, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around borrow pit, bonfire

07 Oct, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around borrow pit, bonfire

09 Oct, Sat at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around borrow pit, bonfire

14 Oct, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around Mons Pool

21 Oct, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around Mons Pool

13 Nov, Sat at Farndon Willow Holt, Pollarding veteran willows, bonfire

09 Dec, Thurs at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt

11 Dec, Sat at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt

16 Dec, Thurs at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt

23 Dec, Thurs at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt & Christmas bonfire

Have a look at our events page on the right for more volunteering activities in the Trent Vale.

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A community sculpture which was developed using TVLP funding will be delayed after the discovery of two skeletons just below the soil surface in Gainsborough town centre on 26 May 2010. Contractors working on the town centre regeneration project found the bones on what is thought to be a 12th century graveyard that could have pre-Normal origins.

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

The bones have been temporarily recovered by archaeologists and will be washed and examined. They will be reburied in consecrated ground within two years. Works on the town centre was suspended, which means that installation of the Silverstreet Artworks sculpture will be delayed. The expected date for completion of the main structural work is 9 August.

£1,900 of TVLP funding from our Community Grants scheme helped to involve local young people in the design of the sculpture through publicity and participatory sessions, as well as raising awareness of the Trent Vale wildlife.

The final design is a stunning, specially-commissioned metal sculpture insprired by swifts.

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Around 60 people came along to the Marton heritage day on Saturday 29 May at Marton village hall. The finds from the archaeological field walking event which took place in April were on display, along with previous finds from the same site. The site is a Roman roadside settlement, and artefacts included Roman pottery of several different types, from expensive table-ware to storage jars, roof tile, coins, brooches, and cosmetic equipment.

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Sunday 11 April 2010 saw the beginning of the Community Heritage Project in Marton with Lincolnshire County Council. A total of 26 volunteers turned up to have a go at archaeological field walking and metal detecting on a known Roman roadside settlement. Thankfully the weather held out and lots of different types of Roman pottery, roof tiles, coins, and even a prehistoric struck flint were collected. Everyone worked hard and contributed to a successful day.

Sorting artefacts found on the Marton field walk dayThe finds will be sorted and analysed, and the results will be presented to the community on 29 May 2010 in Marton Village Hall from 11am onwards. In November we are hoping to hold an archaeological excavation in Marton on the Roman settlement, in which volunteers from the community are invited to take part. No experience is necessary, as training and supervision will be provided.

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As part of our community grants scheme, a total of £9,662.00 has so far been awarded to a range of exciting Trent Vale community projects:

  • £1,900 to Gainsborough Heritage and Tourism Group towards the installation of a specially-commissioned piece of artwork illustrating the local birdlife of the Trent Vale. This artwork will be installed as part of the Gainsborough Town Centre Improvement Plan.
  • Up to £2,000 to Marton and Gate Burton Parish Council towards an all weather information board promoting walks around the parishes.
  • Up to £2,000 to Knaith and Marton Community Gardening Scheme to develop community garden plots under a land-share scheme.
  • £1,812 to Norwell CE School for a series of workshops about the local tradition of willow growing and utilisation. The final stage will be the construction of a willow dome in the school grounds.

    TVLP community grant funding is increasing the number of barn owl boxes in the Trent Vale. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Parsons

    TVLP community grant funding is increasing the number of barn owl boxes in the Trent Vale. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Parsons

  • 1,950 to the Barn Owl Species Recovery Project to increase the number of barn owl nesting boxes in the Trent Vale and to support annual monitoring and maintenance.

We are also working with local farmers in the Trent Vale to fund and support projects that enhance habitats and encourage biodiversity. To find out more about our community grants contact helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk.

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