Your Town, Your Project
What’s happening to Mansfield?
People in high-viz vests perched in a cherry picker, clearing gutters around the Market Place, blasting the Bentinck Memorial clean and demonstrating sign-writing in Leeming Street! What’s going on?
The answer is the Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project – Mansfield Revived – led by Mansfield District Council and supported by a grant of nearly £850,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered in partnership with Mansfield BID, Nottinghamshire County Council and Vision West Nottinghamshire College.
Conservation and Community
The five-year project is about conservation and community. Focused on Leeming Street and the Market Place conservation area, the funding will help local businesses and owners enhance the architectural quality of their historic properties and provide opportunities for volunteers of all ages to learn new skills while celebrating the return of one of Mansfield’s most elegant shopping streets to its former glory.
Alongside the conservation work, there is a full programme of related activities and events that everyone can take part in, including conservation and restoration workshops, historical research, oral history gathering, writing and story-telling, street theatre, art and photography.
We’ve already got lots of partners, including Mansfield Museum, Inspire (Mansfield Central Library and Nottinghamshire Archives), Vision West Notts College, The Palace Theatre, Old Mansfield Society and Sherwood Archaeological Society, primary and secondary schools, local artists, photographers and writers. But we can’t do it without you! We need volunteers to help in the following areas (training will be provided):
- Historical research (we need people interested in searching for information on old Mansfield in the museum, library and archives, and online)
- Story gathering (recording oral histories of the town)
- Project booklet and interpretation (we need writers, designers and printers)
- Marketing and promotion (we need people interested in publicity and social media)
- Photography (we need people interested in learning photography skills and recording the townscape area before and after the improvements)
- Heritage walks (we need people interested in guiding visitors to the town)
- Events (we need general helpers to make sure our events are inclusive, safe and enjoyable)