Newark Archaeological & Local History Society was formed in 1967 to provide lectures, visits, and to keep a watching brief on the conservation of our Town.
From the early 1980s, an important part of the Society’s mission has been the promotion of interest of the Town and immediate locality, both to local people and visitors from further afield. This has taken the form of Guided Tours by our own trained town guides, and presentations, which have advertised the historical heritage of our Town to hundreds of people. We received a Heritage Lottery Grant under the ‘Awards for All’ scheme, which has provided the Society with computer equipment to further several projects, the first being a photographic survey of the town, updating that taken in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. This new survey commemorated her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Since 1973, the Society has also erected a number of plaques around the town, in conjunction with other local organisations and descendants. This is to leave a lasting memorial of Newark’s famous citizens, businesses and events (for example, Sir William Nicholson, artist; Donald Wolfit, actor; James Gresham, engineer and inventor of the railway vacuum brake; and in Mount Lane, the site for viewing the cannonball hole in Newark Church spire). Recent plaques were erected on the former site of William N Nicholson, agricultural implement makers, who operated in Newark from 1858 to 1968 near the River Trent, the former Drill Hall on Sherwood Avenue, the chimney for the Parish Church central heating (1854), commemorating William Harold Cubley, artist, in Millgate and the studio of Robert Kiddey, artist, in King’s Street. More plaques are regularly in the “pipe-line”.
Our monthly lectures are held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding August), in Newark Library, Baldertongate, Newark, (7.15 for 7.30pm to 9.00 pm.) (Unless stated in the programme – for example we generally have an outing in the summer). We generally allow one or two visits before we expect people to join the Society! (Visitors pay a charge of £2.50 per meeting).
So, if you have an interest in Newark, an interest in Local History, an interest in conservation of the Town (or perhaps would like to be a Guide?) then our Society is for you!