Friday, 10 July 2015

A Broxtowe jigsaw map

This is a 'working copy' of a poster I have created for display in local libraries across the conurbation promoting the next Angel Row Historyfest on Saturday 10 October in Nottingham Central Library, 11am–3pm.

I will add a box to this page on Monday explaining the significance of the different colours. In the meantime see if you can guess.

It is three years since the last Historyfest in 2012, which gave rise to a new generation of history fairs in the county. There have since been three in Mansfield Library organised by County Libraries and two at Lakeside organised by Nottingham University's Archaeology Museum.

The 2012 Historyfest and this one is another joint effort by me and Dorothy Ritchie in Nottingham Local Studies Library and will be our last. Dorothy is about to retire and we were first involved in organising local history fairs back in the 1980s, under the leadership of the then Nottingham Local Studies Librarian Sheila Cooke and Leicestershire's County Archivist Kate Thompson. In the end we all ran out of steam and in the absence of others willing to take over, the history fairs came to an end until Dorothy and I tried again in 2012. 

As always, click on the image to see it full size.

Look closely and you will see the whole of Broxtowe borough is included and I have extracted the Broxtowe part of the jigsaw:

As a stand alone jigsaw map it needs a little work, like including the Beeston Canal and River Erewash, but I think it already reveals much about the historic character of Broxtowe. I hope it entertains and provokes some thoughts about how we view our local world.

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