Children’s Fairy tales: an exhibition

3 December 2017

December 3rd 2016 – January 27th 2017

Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3DZ.

Admission free.

Available to view during regular Library opening hours.  Further information can be found here.

Created by the Local Studies Volunteers group, the exhibition presents a celebration of Children’s Fairy Tales.

Childhood remembered: Halloween vs Bonfire Night

29 October 2017

The nights are drawing in, the air has a crispness to it and supermarket entrance halls are piled high with pumpkins, ghoulish costumes and black and orange multipacks of sweets as the town readies itself for October 31st and the hoards of children who will bang on our doors, threatening to deliver ‘tricks’ if they aren’t first given ‘treats’.

The current tradition for marking Halloween in this way is widespread across the UK, and yet was only introduced as we know it today within living memory.  For those of us brought up in the 1960s and 70s, Halloween was a very low key affair and Trick or Treating something we knew of purely from American cartoons and sitcoms such as Bewitched.

It seems that Halloween has now become a more important event in the UK than the traditionally celebrated November 5th – Bonfire Night – which marks the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot, the attempt to murder King James the First as he opened Parliament on that date in the year 1605.

But it wasn’t always the case, and many of us have fond memories – evoked (for me at least!) by the smell of autumn in the air or a particular quality of the evening light at this time of year – of the excitement and community spirit of the bonfire nights of our childhood.

You can read the memories of bonfire night in the 1970s by former Loughborough resident Mik Sutton here.

Go further back in time and read memories of an even earlier Leicestershire November here or about Halloween’s early English origins here.

What were Halloween and Bonfire Night like when you were a child?

Alison Mott

Buffalo Bill and Loughborough: an exhibition

5 October 2017

5th October – 28th November 2017

Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3DZ.

Admission free.

Available to view during regular Library opening hours.  Further information can be found here.

Created by Tony Jarram and the Local Studies Volunteers group, the exhibition presents information on the visit Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show made to Loughborough.

Luther and the East Midlands: a Conference

30 September 2017

De Montfort University, Leicester

10 am to 5 pm, 30th September 2017

A one-day public history & archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain.
The conference will examine some of the effects of the Reformation on the East Midlands in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Dr Stephen Bates (University of Warwick), The Virgin Mary and the Reformation in the East Midlands.
Professor John Beckett & Dr Chris Brooke (University of Nottingham). The Parish Church in the Sixteenth Century: the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project.
Dr Richard Buckley (ULAS), Excavations at Leicester Abbey.
Dr Sylvia Gill (University of Birmingham), Chantry Priests of the East and West Midlands.
Paula McBride (University of Bristol), Witchcraft in the East Midlands.
Dr Deirdre O’Sullivan (University of Leicester), Friars, Friaries and the Reformation.
Dr Brian Hodgkinson, ‘For my Soul’: Testamentary donations to the Church in Lincolnshire 1520 – 1540.
Dr Marianne Wilson (TNA), Reformed remembrances? Testamentary legacies from the inhabitants of Lincoln Cathedral close in the sixteenth century.
Venue: Clephan Building, Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY
Cost: £25 (£20 concessions)
Further information can be found here.

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The Battle of Cotes – A new model by Gerald Berrington

16 September 2017

Gerald Berrington’s model of the Battle of Cotes Bridge will be part of the new Hastings Exhibition at Loughborough Library in December.

The exhibition will tell the story of The Hastings family and their connection with Loughborough.

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Luther in the East Midlands – Conference at DMU

15 September 2017

30 September 2017 10am-5pm
De Montfort University, Leicester (Clephan Building)

A one-day public history & archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain.

The conference will examine some of the effects of the Reformation on the East Midlands in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Dr Stephen Bates (Univ of Warwick), The Virgin Mary and the Reformation in the East Midlands.
Professor John Beckett & Dr Chris Brooke (Univ of Nottingham). The Parish Church in the Sixteenth
Century: the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project
Dr Richard Buckley (ULAS), Excavations at Leicester Abbey
Dr Sylvia Gill (Univ of Birmingham), Chantry Priests of the East and West Midlands
Paula McBride (Univ of Bristol), Witchcraft in the East Midlands
Dr Deirdre O’Sullivan (Univ of Leicester), Friars, Friaries and the Reformation.
Dr Brian Hodgkinson, ‘For my Soul’: Testamentary donations to the Church in Lincolnshire 1520-1540
Dr Marianne Wilson (TNA), Reformed remembrances? Testamentary legacies from the inhabitants of Lincoln
Cathedral close in the sixteenth century.

Conference + lunch + refreshments = £25 waged/£20 concession
Booking is available on the DMU website http://dmu.ac.uk/martinluther

For details contact Professor Elizabeth Tingle elizabeth.tingle@dmu.ac.uk

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15 September 2017

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Buffalo Bill Comes to Loughborough!

15 September 2017

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Loughborough’s Women at War: an exhibition

3 August 2017

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Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3DZ.

Admission free.

Available to view during regular Library opening hours.  Further information can be found here.

Created by Carillon War Memorial Volunteers and the Local Studies Volunteers group, the exhibition presents information on the experiences of Loughborough women during the First World War.

Creative Writing Workshop – Old Rectory, Loughborough

12 July 2017

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 10 am till 12 pm

Old Rectory Museum, Rectory Place, Loughborough, LE11 1UW

Standing in the Medieval centre of Loughborough on the edge of the modern town centre, the Old Rectory is a rare survival of a stone built 13th century manor house and represents 800 years of the town’s heritage.

In this workshop staged by Loughborough Archaeolgical and Historical Society, poet and short fiction writer Deborah Tyler-Bennett will use the setting and contents of the Old Rectory Museum as a stimulus for using history and atmosphere to create either poetry or prose.

All writers, both new and more experienced, are welcome to have a go at writing within a specific site and using objects and places to create memorable narratives.

Cost: £10.00 per person (which includes a donation to ORM funds.)

Contact Alison Mott to reserve your place:

Email alison.s.mott@gmail.com

Phone on 0791 442 1470.

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