Nottingham City Council have published a guide for citizens about how all the family can get involved with finding out about the history and heritage of their Nottingham neighbourhood.
This Summer all the family can learn about where the history of where you live. In this guide there is lots of information about how you can find out about your neighbourhood online and plan walks to see Nottingham’s heritage from public roads and footpaths.
How do I find out more about where I live?
Local Studies Library
The Local Studies Library has a wealth of information online about the people of Nottingham in the past including thousands of images, maps and archives. To find out more you can visit https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/local-studies-and-family-history/
The Local List
Many of the city’s most significant historic buildings and heritage assets are protected either by national listings, such as Listed Building status or due to their location, like a conservation area. However, many other significant buildings, historic landscapes and archaeological remains are not formally recognised, meaning they are at risk of being overlooked and lost through possible demolition. Since September 2018 Nottingham City Council has held a Local List of Heritage Assets to recognise the importance of these buildings, archaeology or parks and gardens of local significance.
Local Lists are different from national listings as they showcase a city’s unique history and distinctive character, putting a focus on assets that are special because they are locally important. You can see entries on the Local List in your neighbourhood at https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/locallist or if you think something should be added to the list you can nominate a building, archaeology or parks and gardens here www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/locallistsubmissions
Other Heritage Status – including National Listing and Conservation Areas
You can see whether a building is Listed, if archaeology is Scheduled or whether a designed landscape is on Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens on Nottingham City Council’s mapping system here https://maps.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/insightmapping/ . You can also select Conservation Areas and overlay historic Ordnance Survey maps.
To get more information about individual Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments and Registered Parks and Gardens you can search for the entry on Historic England’s National Heritage List for England at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/
Nottingham History Websites
There is a wealth of information about Nottingham’s history at http://www.nottshistory.org.uk/ . The website is written by the Thoroton Society and is divided by people, events and topics to help you search. They’ve put all of their heritage information together at http://www.nottsheritagegateway.org.uk/ .
The Nottinghamshire Hidden Heritage Team uncover hidden stories of the city sorted by topics here https://nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam.wordpress.com/ .
The Nottingham Black Archives have lots of information about the Black History of Nottingham including their archives, projects and events http://nottinghamblackarchive.org/
Nottinghamshire Archives hold a huge online resource that tells us about the lives of people in Nottingham. You can delve into our extensive archives and discover a wealth of local history. Our comprehensive collections are packed with resources to help you research your past, uncover your family history and explore Nottinghamshire’s rich heritage. The archive can be found here https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/heritage/
How can I get involved?
Nominate something to the Nottingham Local List or add to the National Heritage List for England
If you think something is of historic importance in your neighbourhood and should be added to the Local List you can nominate a building, archaeology or parks and gardens here www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/locallistsubmissions
Once submitted, nominations for Nottingham’s Local List are reviewed by a Selection Panel against specific criteria, who then make recommendations to the City Council’s Heritage Portfolio Holder for consideration to be added to the list. All nominations are consulted on before being rejected or added to the list.
Once included, buildings and assets do not need to seek any additional permissions than they already have and owners can continue to make changes, repairs and maintenance as normal. However, items on the list will be given consideration as part of any future planning permissions and processes.
Historic England are inviting everyone to add information to the National Heritage List for England for Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments and Registered Parks and Gardens. You can add to the List here https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/enrich-the-list/
City of Nottingham Historic Buildings Charity
The City of Nottingham Historic Buildings Charity has been created to preserve buildings which are in poor condition – including historic buildings, archaeology and parks. The charity will use Heritage at Risk registers to identify projects as well as working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Historic England, Nottingham Civic Society and the public. It aims to promote heritage skills and conservation in the city by encouraging the public to participate in their projects.
If you are interested in becoming a supporter of the charity, email NottinghamHBT@gmail.com or Direct Message them @NottmHBT on twitter or at Nottingham Historic Buildings on Facebook.
Look after Heritage at Risk
To be able to understand whether heritage is in poor condition or at risk we conduct surveys to prioritise which heritage projects are most in need. The most important Listed Buildings (grade I and II*), Scheduled Monuments, Parks and Gardens and Conservation Areas are surveyed by Historic England and Nottingham City Council. Nottingham City Council are working with Nottingham Civic Society to survey all 751 Grade II Listed Buildings in Nottingham. You can volunteer to help with the survey by emailing Alice.Ullathorne@nottinghamcity.gov.uk . All volunteers are trained to be able to conduct the surveys and there are lots of opportunities to share experiences and socialise with other volunteers. Currently, during the Coronavirus Pandemic we will be trialling the use of google maps to conduct surveys online.
Nottingham Heritage Partnership
The Nottingham Heritage Partnership is a community forum which has been brought together with the intention of revealing and celebrating Nottingham’s diverse histories and heritage. The Partnership is led by, with and from, communities across Nottingham and seeks not just to support Heritage (with a capital H), but to act as a platform through which individuals and communities can initiate and contribute to projects, are able to share skills and experiences, and are encouraged to bring forward their own, personal ‘small h’ heritage stories.
If you are interested in becoming involved Direct Message them @NottinghamStory on twitter or at The Story of Nottingham on Facebook.
Nottingham Civic Society
Nottingham Civic Society was founded in 1962 for the purpose of caring for the city. They are dedicated to make it a better place in which to live, to work and relax.
They aim to preserve and enhance the character of the city by advising and campaigning on:
- The historic areas, buildings and public spaces;
- Good design in new developments and regeneration area;
- Sustainability and quality of life in the city.
Their activities include the production of a range of publications on Nottingham and its historic buildings and areas, a lecture programme, visits to places of local interest and those further afield and the sponsorship of restoration and enhancement projects.
If you’d like to find out more or want to contact them go to https://www.nottinghamcivicsociety.org.uk/.
Volunteer with a heritage organisation
The following organisations in and around the city offer opportunities to volunteer in supporting them opening or in their projects.
- Nottingham Castle Trust – once the Castle reopens early next year there will be volunteering opportunities in the development of their programmes, conservation efforts and the improvement of Nottingham Castle and its surroundings. You can register an interest at http://www.nottinghamcastletrust.org/
- Nottingham City Council Museums Service – they rely on volunteers to help deliver exceptional visitor experiences across their heritage sites and are always looking for more to join our team. Their sites include Wollaton Hall, Nottingham Industrial Museum, Green’s Windmill and Newstead Abbey. You can find out more here https://nottinghammuseums.org.uk/volunteering/
- Canal Heritage Centre – there are a variety of volunteering roles at the Canal Heritage Centre at Beeston. You can find out more here https://www.canalsideheritagecentre.org.uk/volunteering
- Canal and River Trust – the Trust are a national charity which care for inland waterways throughout the UK. They have various volunteering roles on Nottingham’s waterways. You can find out more at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer.
Nottingham Local History Groups
The Thoroton Society were named in 1897 after Dr George Thoroton who wrote the first comprehensive history of Nottingham in 1677. The Society’s aims are simple: to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the history, archaeology and antiquities of Nottinghamshire, and to support local research and conservation. You can find out more here http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk/
Nottinghamshire Local History Association supports Local History groups in the County. You can find out more information about them here https://nlha.org.uk/ . They also have links to neighbourhood Local History Groups in Nottingham who have a wealth of information about the city. The list of links is here https://nlha.org.uk/useful-links/.
Activities you can get involved with
38 Carrington Street is an exhibition and events space available for hire, with a focus on architecture, design, community and heritage for Nottingham. The aim is to create a stimulating programme of events that engages diverse communities on the future of our city.
You can find out what’s on at the Urban Room here https://www.38carringtonstreet.org.uk/
Carrington Street Townscape Heritage Scheme
As part of the Carrington Street Townscape Heritage Scheme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund there is a programme of activities including:
- Heritage Walks
- Research and collection of historical data
- Workshops and Courses
- Activities for all the family
These activities are all advertised on the events page at https://www.38carringtonstreet.org.uk/.
Nottingham Heritage Action Zone Events
As part of the Nottingham Heritage Action Zone supported by Historic England a series of events celebrating the heritage of Nottingham and looking at how to manage it better. These activities are all advertised on the events page at https://www.38carringtonstreet.org.uk/
The Theatre Royal currently have lots of virtual activities funded through their National Heritage Fund supported project Our Theatre Royal. You can find out more information at https://ourtheatreroyal.org/s/default/page/home
Nottingham Civic Society Events
Nottingham Civic Society run an annual Walks and Lecture programme. These have been postponed for this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Once they are up and running again there will be details here https://www.nottinghamcivicsociety.org.uk/events-and-visits
Thoroton Society Events
The Thoroton Society run an annual Events and Lecture programme. These have been postponed for this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Once they are up and running again there will be details here http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk/events.htm which also has details of past events.