8th November 2017
With his easy style Professor Philip Dixon took us on a relaxed tour of Anglo Saxon and Norman Lincoln and Newark which drew heavily on his personal experience as a leading archaeologist and expert in historic architecture over many decades. Professor Dixon’s use of superimposed maps was extremely useful in aiding our imagination to appreciate the earliest origins of Newark around the Saxon ‘Burgh’ site and later Norman castle and church. The early development of Lincoln cathedral, for whom he currently acts as an archaeological consultant, was also analysed in detail. Professor Dixon told us about a book he is currently writing on this topic which several of us will be queuing up to purchase.
18th October 2017
Trade and Tokens in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire
Mary Scrimshaw – Mercer
Thomas Ridge – Grocer Mercer
Ben Alsop is the curator of the Citibank Gallery in the British Museum, a fascinating room which tracks the story of ‘money’ around the world. The talk was extremely interesting, showing us many examples of coins from the 17th century with a special focus on the East Midlands. The use of tokens during this period was also discussed. Tokens were used as units of small ‘currency’ produced by individual businesses and bearing their own special marks. Locally of course we have the use of the ‘siege coin’ produced in Newark in the Civil War as a good example of this practice. The talk ended with two example of business tokens from Collingham at this time.
There were many questions following the talk and it was obvious how much everyone had enjoyed the presentation.
20th September 2017
Nigel Priestley, Deputy Chair of CDLHS, gave members and visitors an entertaining and enlightening talk on one of Collingham’s oldest buildings and some of the people who have lived there over the centuries. Although there are few records of its origins it is possible that it was the Manor House for North Collingham. Nigel hoped we may be able to determine the age of the existing building by dating of timbers with the assistance of current owner Mark Woods. Mark also told the audience of his research on the building and showed some small items that he had found buried in the garden of The Old Hall.
Nigel then told us some interesting anecdotes of previous owners from the 17th Century to more recent times. The most recent of these awakened memories for many listening members and a lively discussion followed during question time.
22nd September 2016
Pat Smedley, Chair of CDLHS, delivered an outstanding lecture on ‘Balaclava, Two Collingham Kinsmen Killed’ to a rapt audience in the Memorial Hall on September 21st. Starting with the ornate and much-visited headstone in All Saints’ Church, Pat traced the backgrounds of the three men to whom the headstone is dedicated and led us deftly through the history of the Crimean War and the ill-judged 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade.
The headstone dedicated to William Bacon of the 17th Lancers (killed) George Broome (killed) and John Bacon who survived. The epitaph is completed by a verse from Tennyson’s famous poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’
July 10th 2016
King John debate : Professor Stephen Church and Dr Marc Morris
As part of the Newark Literary Festival Pat went along to the debate on King John between Professor Stephen Church and Dr Marc Morris.
Both these historians have published recent, highly acclaimed lives of King John so it promised to be an interesting debate. Unfortunately Professor Church was held up, but when he did arrive, the two academics shared their thoughts on the character of this King. It was an interesting session and the two shared many points of agreement. There is no question that both considered King John was a bad monarch, a King whose reign was a decided failure and for whom revisionist history theories cannot rehabilitate.
Professor Stephen Church
7th July 2016
A group of CDLHS members visited the Holocaust Memorial Centre in 7th July this year and enjoyed a memorable and worthwhile afternoon.
Memorial Garden, Holocaust Centre
Our visit started with a talk from Simon Winston who shared with us his escape, with his family, from the Holocaust all those years ago. It was very moving to hear this account and to talk to Simon afterwards.
21st May 2016
The first open day on Saturday, May 21st, was a huge success and allowed the general public into the JR for the first time. The first visitors, Doreen and Ken Townsend, had travelled all the way from Buckinghamshire.
Doreen and Ken Townsend outside the Jubilee Room
Over forty people visited the archives during the course of the day, a good response!