The Future of the Past – our Community Heritage Day is almost here!

19 June 2015

The Future of the Past: Community History and Heritage Day – Sunday June 21st 2015

Burleigh Court, Loughborough University Campus

More than 20 local heritage organisations will be represented at the event with stalls and displays, visitors will be able look at or buy new local history books and there will be short guided tours of historic areas of the university campus. 

Visitors will be able to choose between talks given by well-known local history experts and panel discussions on a range of topics of local interest. 

Welcome and Introduction: Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University Professor Bob Allison


‘Prehistory around the Soar-Wreake confluence’ by Peter Liddle

Former County archaeologist Peter Liddle will discuss recent work which has recorded settlement, ceremonial and burial sites of Neolithic and Bronze Age date in the Soar-Wreake confluence, all of which suggest this was a very special area around 4000 years ago.

The Owners of Loughborough: a Long-term Perspective’ by Dave Postles

Using estate records, land tax returns and other archival material as a basis, Dave Postles poses the question of whether the town of Loughborough might have developed differently if its connection with the great land-owning Hastings family had persisted longer than it did, or whether development was actually enhanced by their decision to sell it off piecemeal during the16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

‘Oral History in Leicestershire’ by Colin Hyde

This talk will review the early work of tape clubs, local radio, and many local history projects that have contributed to a rich collection of recordings held by the University of Leicester’s East Midlands Oral History Archive. Illustrated with sound clips, the talk will also highlight some of the issues around preserving recordings and look at ways of presenting archived information to new audiences.

‘Britons, Saxons, Vikings – Who Are the English?’ by Marianne Whiting

A light-hearted look at some of the myths and misconceptions about the early ancestry of Britain and the beginning of the English Nation.

‘Public Sculptures of Leicestershire‘ by Alison Yarrington and Katey Goodwin

Katey Goodwin of the Public Catalogue Foundation will talk about the ‘Your Sculpture’ project and how the public can become involved in it, and Alison Yarrinton will discuss the richness of sculpture in the Charnwood area. Copies of ‘Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland’ will be available to buy.

Panel Discussions

Writing the Past – Meet the Authors:

Peter Liddle, Dave Postles, Marianne Whiting and Sara Read

An opportunity to meet the authors of historical fiction and non-fiction texts and hear how they carry out research for their books.

Speaking the Past – Local Oral History Projects:

Colin Hyde, Julie Attard, Robert Knight and Rhyiandd Murray

The panel will discuss and take questions on oral history and the intricacies of running oral history projects.

Finding the Past – Local Studies discussion:

A panel of local experts will discuss how history and heritage material is gathered and archived, and how everyone in the local community can become involved in making use of it.

Building the Past – Buildings and Architecture:

Sue Blaxland, Alison Yarrington and Katey Goodwin

The panel will discuss the history and heritage of local architecture, buildings, sculpture and walled gardens.

The Future of the Past:

A round-table discussion on the future for the Loughborough History and Heritage Network and the wish list of projects people would like to see and be a part of.

See here for a copy of the programme of events, including timings.