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Nottingham Industrial Museum – 40th Anniversary

Helen Bowen, the Marketing and Communications Director of Nottingham Industrial Museum, would like to hear from anyone involved in the development of Nottingham Industrial Museum from the 1960s to now.

2017 sees the 40th anniversary of the first public steaming of the Basford Beam Engine in the Steam Hall and to celebrate this she is undertaking research for an exhibition to be held at Nottingham Industrial Museum in April 2017.

She would love to hear from anyone who remembers the Basford Pumping Station, the engine itself, the setup of the museum, previous volunteers, visitors.

Photos would be appreciated (with full credit given in the exhibition).

Please contact her at if you can help.

Nottingham: The Buried Past of a Historic City Revealed

The secrets of Nottingham's fascinating past are revealed in a new book written by an archaeologist based in the city.

Scott Lomax, 31, has studied the findings of professional archaeologists and has delved into the archives of antiquarians and enthusiasts to produce the only comprehensive guide to the city's archaeology.

The book, entitled 'Nottingham: The Buried Past of a Historic City Revealed' is now available in book shops. It covers the area that was the town of Nottingham during the medieval period.

It discusses prehistoric Nottingham, the Viking occupation, Saxon settlement, Saxon defences, Nottingham castle, the medieval defences, aspects of medieval life including housing and religious institutions, Saxon and medieval industry, Nottingham's manmade caves, Nottingham during the Civil War and much, much more.

Scott says, "I have been privileged to have been employed as an archaeologist in Nottingham and that has given me the opportunity to develop a good knowledge of the city's archaeology, but this book is the culmination of large amounts of independent research and thought processes. I believe there is something for everyone within this book, if you are a professional archaeologist, a budding archaeologist or someone who just has an interest in Nottingham's history who wants to find out more. Sadly so much of Nottingham's past is little known. This book will hopefully change that."

Scott adds, "Although Nottingham is famous for Robin Hood, the purpose of this book is to show there is much more to Nottingham's past. The city's history will now be revealed more than ever before."

Scott will be using his royalties to fund further archaeological research in the city. He says, "I am passionate about Nottingham's archaeology and history and I want my book not only to inform people about our current knowledge, I want it also to be a means to further that knowledge. That is why I will be using my share of the royalties to undertake scientific tests and to carry out documentary research on a number of aspects of Nottingham's history."

The book is published by Pen & Sword Books and is priced £12.99. It is available via, Amazon and from all good bookshops.

Seeking former Raleigh Workers

Steven Crewe is currently working on a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Aspects of Sport and Social Provision in the Workplace -1918 - 1970’ at De Montfort University, Leicester. One of his case studies will involve looking at the social provisions organised by Raleigh Industries, once to be found based here in Lenton.

He would like to get in touch with any former Raleigh employees (or their children) who worked for the company before 1970 to talk to them about this particular topic.

Contact Details: Steven Crewe email or telephone: 0116 2351104

Local Publication

David Thompson spent the last eighteen years of his thirty one years service with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Fire Service in charge of Green Watch at Dunkirk Fire station eventually retiring in 1997.

In 2007 David published a book about his working career initially as a railway fireman and latterly as a fireman in Nottingham.

Click here if you would like to learn more about this book.

Viyella House Magazine

I would like to obtain a copy of a Viyella House Magazine. This was, I think, a quarterly issued, in-house publication produced during the 1950s.

I know there were many Lenton residents employed at the Castle Boulevard premises and my hope is that someone out there might just have one to spare. I am resident in New York, USA but in the first instance please contact me by email. Bill Pugsley

Professional Family History and Military Research

Ann Swabey has her own links with Lenton although she now lives in south east England. She has been very helpful with our project to research the names on the Lenton War Memorial and has been able to look up the records of particular servicemen for us at the National Archives in Kew. By way of thanks we proffer her services to the world wide web.

For professional family history and military research, contact: Mrs Ann Swabey, 14 Cambridge Road Ashford Middlesex TW15 1UF or telephone 01784 256703 or contact via her website

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