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October 2018

“The Rufford Poachers” – a talk by Sam Millard

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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Sam Millard is a member of the Rattlejag Morris dancing troupe which aims to preserve and promote the traditional morris dances of Nottinghamshire. He is also an expert on local country lore, and his talk this evening centres on the notorious 19th century case of the Rufford Poachers which resulted in one death and four deportations.  It also inspired the local ballad The Rufford Park Poachers which is now hailed as an exemplar of the traditional English folk song.  Look…

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“War, Peace and Football” – a talk by Francis Towndrow

October 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, local resident and long-standing member of Newark Town Football Club, Francis Towndrow, tells us about some notable Newark sportsmen who fought in the war and about the two ‘Peace Games’ of football (England v. Germany) that he has helped organise in 2014 and 2018.  His talk also marks the  founding of Newark Town football Club 150 years ago.

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December 2018

“Nottingham Castle: People’s Palace and Beyond” – a talk by Dr. Richard Gaunt

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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Richard Gaunt is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Nottingham University. His research interests have encompassed work on national political figures such as Sir Robert Peel, the Duke of Wellington and Benjamin Disraeli as well as individuals with a strong Nottinghamshire connection, such as the 4th Duke of Newcastle (of Clumber Park) and William Edward and Godfrey Tallents (solicitors, land stewards and political agents of Newark). We are pleased to welcome him back to NALHS; he first spoke…

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January 2019

“The Top Ten Scandals of Sherwood Forest” – a talk by Adrian Gray

9th January 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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This is an unconventional approach to telling the story of Sherwood and the Dukeries. Rather than following it chronologically, we examine the tale through ten scandals – money, sex and political – that define what happened to Sherwood and the great houses that were built there. Adrian Gray is based at Laneham, between Retford and Lincoln. He is a graduate of Queens’ College, Cambridge, in History and the author of more than twenty books on aspects of local and national…

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February 2019

“Basket Weaving Made Modern” – a talk and demonstration by Maggie Cooper

6th February 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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Maggie Cooper trained at the Bournville College of Art in Birmingham and today bears the distinction of having been granted the Freedom of the City of London in recognition for her work, and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers. Maggie joins us tonight from her home in Leicestershirw, a county that was once the heart of the English willow industry. And, of course, we have our own history of basket-making along the Trent around Newark. Maggie works…

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March 2019

“Investigation Life in the Ice Age” – a talk by Daryl Garton

6th March 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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The Ice Age Journeys project, run by a community group since 2012, has been researching the archaeology of the Ice Age site between present-day Newark and Farndon since 2012.  In 2018 we won Heritage Lottery Funding, with our partners at Bradgate Park (Leicestershire) and Creswell Crags (Nottinghamshire), to explore the idea of people moving into and through the region’s landscape as part of wider pattern of movement in search of key resources: meat for food, and bone/hides, wood and flint…

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April 2019

“The First Siege of Newark: 1218” – a talk by Dr. David Crook

10th April 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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Dr Crook, formerly of The National archives at Kew, gives a presentation on the First Siege of Newark in July 1218.  Following the death of King John at Newark Castle in 1216, this turbulent period of English history saw two local dramatic events: the Battle of Lincoln in 1217 and the siege of Newark in July 1218. At our talk, presented just  801 years after the main event, Dr Crook will talk about these important events

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May 2019

“Theatre in the Newark Circuit” – a talk by Richard Smedley

1st May 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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Richard Smedley is a theatre historian from Sutton-on-Trent NB the talk follows the NALHS AGM

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June 2019

“Workhouse Stories” by the Southwell Workhouse Storytellers

5th June 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate
Newark, NG24 1UW United Kingdom
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