The Old Mansfield Woodhouse Society is concerned with the heritage of Mansfield Woodhouse and aims to promote studies and activities on all aspects of the place, from the past, to the present and into the future.
MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE HERITAGE LINK
In 2012 there was a campaign to fulfil a dream that the Old Mansfield Woodhouse Society had had for some time – that was to have a Heritage Centre where the Society’s growing archive of documents, photographs and memorabilia could be stored and viewed by the public.
Councillor Joyce Bosnjak was invaluable in working with us to achieve our goal which resulted in the receiving of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the hard work began in transforming the rear area of Mansfield Woodhouse Library.
In November 2013 the Heritage Link was officially opened and Ursula Ackrill, from Nottinghamshire Library Services, was employed as a project worker for the first year to help set it up and get it running.
The archive material which was contained in 10 filing cabinets was transferred from the archivist’s house and the uphill struggle to then sift through it and catalogue it to library standards began.
Several items were sent away for restoration, but there is still much work to be done. Volunteers are on hand to help with ancestry research and local history and there are at least four different exhibitions and several photographic shows there each year.
If you want help with your research, or you have an item of local interest to donate to the archive or you just want a chat about your memories of Mansfield Woodhouse, then please come and get in touch with the volunteers at the Heritage Link in the rear section of the library.