Heritage Open Day – 10th September 2016

Heritage Open Day – 10th September 2016

10 September 2016 10:00 - 16:00

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Bartons plc - TH Barton Hall 63 High Rd, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG9 4AJ, UK

Heritage Open Day – 10th September 2016

Heritage Open Day - 10th September 2016

Being the 150th anniversary of the birth of its founder, T.H.Barton, 2016 is an important year for Bartons.  As in previous years, visitors are invited to see parts of the site rarely seen by the public where they can find a wide variety of preserved company vehicles and memorabilia.  

This year’s event includes a sentimental homecoming for many vehicles and one very significant coach in particular as well as a celebration of the lives of some of the people who made the whole story possible.

Once again, the Chilwell site will have the honour of hosting a selection of different local organisations and their exhibits.  These include the following:


Attenborough Gravel Works
A display of photographs and memorabilia of Trent Gravels, which later became Ready Mixed Concrete, and latterly CEMEX of Long Lane Attenborough. After 87 years of working the site will close this year. Their worked out lakes and ponds have gone on to form the Attenborough Nature Reserve.


Beeston & Chilwell Quakers
Quakers, or the Religious Society of Friends, have a long history of peace work and involvement with poverty, with prisoners, and with other areas of social injustice.

Find out more about why, about our past, and what we are involved in now.


Beeston & District Civic Society
A display featuring all the activities that the Society are and have been involved in up to the present time.


There will also be details of the Open Meetings that the Society holds during the months of September-April. Throughout the summer we hold a series a walks in the South Broxtowe area. Members of the Society will be on hand to answer questions of our role in trying to make Beeston & District a better place for all who live, work, shop and visit here.


Beeston & District Local History Society
Beeston and District History Society was formed in 1972 to discover, preserve and share the history of the area and its communities.

This year our alphabetical journey will focus on the streets, people, industries and local amenities connected with the letters B,C,D, E and F.

This new exhibition will include maps, scrapbooks, newspapers and photographs from the Society's extensive archives.


Beeston Camera Club
A display of photographs from Beeston Camera Club members in both monochrome and colour highlighting a whole range of subject matter including natural history, landscapes, sport, and portraits.
Beeston U3A

Come and hear about educational, creative and leisure opportunities for retired people.
We have over 40 interest groups which range from Local History, Family History and History to Mah-Jong, Photography, Science, Walks and Yoga. Open meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month starting at 10.00am at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston. Learn about Beeston U3A and hear a speaker.


Classic Cars
Although formed by 7 Carlton students in 1963, the club have met in Beeston for many years. Originally a motorsport club, in recent years many members have become involved in classic cars and preserving our transport heritage. If you have a car more than 20 years old why not come and share it with us.

No need to book - just drop in.


Friends of Toton Fields
Friends of Toton Fields - a community organisation created to manage the local nature reserve and improve knowledge about the local environment historically and environmentally.
A display of photographs and documents about the story of Toton with particular reference to the archaeology carried out in Manor Park.


Greening Beeston
"What's Left in the Larder?" - useful tips from the past for using leftovers and reducing food waste.
Greening Beeston - a local community helping people to reduce waste, save money and protect the environment - www.greeninginbeeston.weebly.com


Middlebridge Enthusiasts Scimitar Set
The Middlebridge Scimitar was a luxury sports car manufactured in a factory (Scimitar House on Lilac Grove, Beeston). Only a small number were made, of which most survive today.

The Owners Club have returned to Beeston for Heritage Day since 2011. This year their display will feature a number of vehicles which have been renovated to a high standard with luxury interiors.


SKN Heritage Museum is a 'museum without walls' commemorating and celebrating the Caribbean contribution to life in Nottingham and the UK. Our exhibitions and events celebrate the lives and experiences of ordinary people, in a way that all people can recognise and embrace. They highlight in the way they bring the stories of ordinary people to life that Caribbeans have helped shape our shared British culture, heritage and achievements.

As a social history and community museum we travel to and connect with communities; especially those who may not normally visit traditional heritage organisations through pop up exhibitions and events in Nottingham and further afield, showcasing Caribbean culture through art, music, performance and more.


Why not get involved or tell your story?


Trent and Peak Archeology
Local archaeologists Trent & Peak (TPA) have been involved in a number of interesting community projects and activities since the 2015 Heritage Open Days. These include volunteer excavations at Moor Pond Wood in Papplewick, a dig at Nottingham Castle, the creation of a Young Archaeologists' Club, and an innovative project in Lenton working with young adults with autism.

There will also be news about upcoming opportunities to volunteer, and the chance to sign up for our new community bulletin.


TPA will be bringing a variety of finds to handle from some of their recent excavations in the Nottingham area.


A member of staff will also be giving a talk on some of the "Highlights of Trent & Peak Archaeology finds in 2016"


Workers Educational Association
The WEA has provided adult education since 1903 and have been in Beeston for over 100 years. We’ve an important and varied history – we supported the Suffragettes and sent a wreath to Emily Davison’s funeral; The Pitman Painters grew from a WEA class; former politicians Robin Cook and Neil Kinnock are former tutors. Visit our stand and find out more about our work, local Suffragettes and our access to the Cyril Pearce database of conscientious objectors.



Opening Times: Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Free Admission.
Easily accessible by both tram and bus links.  No available parking for the public.




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