Monday, 21 February 2011

News - Town life in the picture

Several groups will display work at an exhibition showing the history and society of North Nottinghamshire.
The Life in North Nottinghamshire, Past and Present exhibition opens tomorrow at Thoresby Gallery. It runs until March 20.

Among the items on display will be photographs and stories charting the history of Ollerton and its mining heritage from the Ollerton Of Yesteryear group.

There will be a heritage information display board designed by Ollerton and Boughton Scouts and photos and information on the Ollerton St George’s Day celebrations and May Day in Edwinstowe.

Also included is a local history display from Norwell Parish History Group and costumes from the Wellow Maypole Festival.

Paintings of the area by Marie Louise Pierrepont, who lived in Thoresby Hall in the 20th Century, will be exhibited alongside the displays, as will items from the Queen’s Royal Lancers/Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, ahead of its relocation to Thoresby in the spring.

Mrs Irene Miller, the Mayor of Ollerton and a member of Ollerton Of Yesteryear, said she was looking forward to showing the group’s work to a wider audience.

“It is something that will bring the community together with so many groups from the area having something on display,” she said.

“People from outside Ollerton are obviously not as aware of what we do and it will be nice to be able to go out and have an exhibition of our work.”

Mrs Miller will show footage of German internees at Boughton prisoner of war camp in the second world war on February 27.

The film has previously been on display at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

Mr Brian Bracegirdle and Mr Danny Tryner will give a talk on mining and audience members will have the chance to hold some equipment, and Mr Mick Frearson will give a talk on the railway.

Caroline Hughes, the co-ordinator of the Pierrepont Collection, said: “Our visitors at Thoresby are fascinated with the history and customs of the area. The exhibition not only showcases our exciting local history, but also reveals the incredible vitality of North Nottinghamshire.

“It highlights our keen sense of community spirit.”

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