[Skip to content]

Nottinghamshire County Council - Proud of our past, ambitious for our future

Latest News

Latest news about community archaeology in Nottinghamshire.

You can also find out more about what's on by looking at our projects and getting involved pages.

Norwell Graveyard Update

User AvatarPosted by Emily Gillott at 24/05/2011 11:35:29

The recording of headstones in Norwell churchyard got underway last week with a team of volunteers from the local community and wider Nottinghamshire area. The number of memorials in the graveyard currently stands at 602, of which 131 have been recorded so far. Two new memorials were discovered during the week. These stones had become covered over with grass, but the unusually dry weather meant that the grass growing over them went yellow. The graves were revealed by two perfectly square patches of dry grass. These have been added to the survey so that their details can be recovered.

The Community Archaeologists will be out at Norwell again over the summer, with a team of volunteers from the local community and our own 'Graveyard Shift'.  If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.

Want to join the Graveyard Shift?

Posted by Emily Gillott at 24/05/2011 11:30:58

As part of Trent Vale, Nottinghamshire County Council archaeologists are encouraging people to investigate their local graveyards. 

Old graveyards bring about mixed feelings in people; some find them eerie while others find them places of peace and memory. This dichotomy of feeling is easy to understand. They are, at the same time, both places of mourning and places where lives are celebrated, and snippets of history encapsulated. They are an important genealogical resource; there is nothing like the feeling of connection when you discover the grave of a great-great ancestor.


Graveyards are often overlooked as an historical resource, and yet they are full of information.  Each one is unique, some having distinctive styles of gravestone, others charting the rise and fall of local industries or families. Each graveyard plays memory to bygone days, and each contains curiosities urging the researcher to learn more.

There is a lot of information that can be gleaned from grave markers, but they are being continually eroded by the weather. Graveyard surveys aim to record the inscriptions on the stones, as well as the style and design. A condition survey is a standard element; this records how damaged the stones are, and if they are being damaged by something that could be prevented.


We are looking for people to join in the ‘Graveyard Shift’, to come along with them to graveyards and help record the information on the memorials and gravestones.  Churchyards that are currently being recorded include Norwell, Cromwell, and Laneham, and there are others on the horizon.

If you are interesting in finding out more please get in touch with the community archaeologists.

Mons Pool Excavation and Open Day

Posted by Emily Gillott at 24/05/2011 11:07:29

We will be returning to Mons Pool in Besthorpe Quarry near Collingham for another exciting season of excavation this year.  The open days and community dig will happen over for two weeks from the 8 to 19 August 2011.

They will be run by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Archaeologists. Each day they can take up to 20 people, who will join with the community archaeologists, professionals from the University of Salford’s Archaeology Unit, and volunteers from community groups in Manchester. 

There will be activities during the fortnight about the local heritage of the area including tours of the new nature reserve on the surrounding lakes, pottery training sessions and experimental archaeology. A full programme will be developed in the coming weeks.

There will be an open day before the excavation on Sunday 24th July which will also be part of the Festival of British Archaeology.  There will be site tours and a finds display. If you have ideas for other things that would be appropriate to put on for the open day, get in touch.
For more information please contact the community archaeologists;



Visit the photo gallery for more photographs from last year's excavation at Mons Pool.

Newark Heritage Barge Open Days

Posted by Emily Gillott at 24/05/2011 10:47:03

Newark Heritage Barge has organised a series of summer Open Days for 2011. They will run from 12 noon to 5pm on:  17 April, 29 May, 26 June and 31 July.

The Barge is also planning a trip to into Newark on one of the Bank Holidays, further details to follow. Anyone interested in joining the committee or helping out with this heritage project, or even renting out the boat for meetings please contact Les Reid at Les.nhbarge@googlemail.com

Lost Local Customs

Posted by Emily Gillott at 24/05/2011 10:13:35

We would like to know what you think is distinctive or particular about the Trent Vale area; that is the riverside parishes either side of the Trent, from Newark to Gainsborough. Do you know of any celebrations, practices, customs, recipes, symbols, myths and legends that may have become lost over time?

All these things are folded into local identity. But as places are influenced by new people, ideas, activities and changes in nature and landscape, so, too, are local customs and practices. Some may be reinvigorated by the new, some may be homogenised or diminished, and some will be lost forever.

We'd like to celebrate and promote Trent Vale’s local distinctiveness. In 2012 we are planning to restore local festivals and celebrate all things that make Trent Vale special. But what are these things? If you know of anything that’s particular to Trent Vale – be it a local saying, celebration, custom, object, food or farming practice – we’d love to hear from you. Is there a Green Man in your parish? Do you do anything to celebrate the Trent Aegir or perhaps the changing seasons? Is there a maypole in your village? Do you have old photographs of bygone days? Please get in touch!

Trent Vale

Posted by Emily Gillott at 24/05/2011 10:09:49

Much of the work that the Community Archaeologists have been involved with lately has been part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.  This is a 3 year programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, looking at investigating, enhancing and protecting the heritage of the Trent Vale area.  Trent Vale is characterised as the riverside parishes along the Trent, between Newark and Gainsborough. 


For more information visit the Trent Vale blog.  A website is currently being produced, and we will post a link to it when it is available.




EmailMe Logo

With emailme you can receive regular updates about council services and events straight into your inbox.

How do you rate this page?

By using this site you are agreeing to our terms and conditions (including using cookies to collect anonymous usage statistics). If you do not agree you may either stop cookies in your browser settings or stop browsing the site. Find out more about how we use cookies.. Close