Nottinghamshire Attractions in The Museum + Heritage Awards
Over the past twelve months we’ve seen some of Nottingham’s most unique venues and attractions go from strength to strength, offering interesting, interactive and exciting new projects.
Celebrating the wealth of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions in the UK, this year The Museum and Heritage Awards have shortlisted three Nottinghamshire attractions. Shining among a London heavy line up, Clumber Park, Creswell Crags and The National Holocaust Centre have been shortlisted for their projects of 2016. We took a look at what is coming up this year for these treasured places to visit in Nottinghamshire.
A well loved spot of Nottinghamshire countryside, Clumber Park Estate has existed for hundreds of years. Recorded as a monastic property in the Middle Ages and mentioned in the Domesday Book it was later the country seat of the 1st Duke of Newcastle, with a grand manor house presiding over the grounds until 1938. Nowadays the park is a National Trust space and designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rich variety of wildlife that inhabit the heath, wetlands, woodland and lake. There are over 120 different types of tree, including the grand lime tree avenue which stretches for two miles and impressive walled kitchen gardens which grow food for the on site café and beyond.
In 2014 Clumber Park was voted the most romantic place for a date in the East Midlands by the Great Date Guide, and with over 3000 acres of natural beauty to roam around we can see why you’d want to get lost with a loved one. This year it has been recognised for Project on a Limited Budget Award for last year’s Imagined Mansion project. Revealing the history of the grand house which once stood in the grounds, the rooms were recreated with a modern twist and visitors were given a glimpse of life at Clumber House.
This year there are more exciting events lined up or you can visit all year round between 10am -5pm
Gloworm Festival is a family friendly weekend with everything from performance and live music to cooking demonstrations and crafty activities. See characters from your favourite kids TV shows, cover bands and more!
The Festival of Food & Drink returns in September to lavish you in the best cuisine and fresh produce from Nottinghamshire, the UK and beyond. Expect street food, pop ups, cafés, bars, cocktails and much more!
Gather some blankets, make yourself a picnic and relax at dusk to watch movies under the skies. Summer Nights Outdoor Film Screening returns in August and is sure to be a magical experience.
If you’ve not yet visited, Creswell Crags is a truly extraordinary spot in the north of Nottingham with a few secrets which will probably surprise you. Remains of woolly mammoths and bison, rock art and ancient tools have been found around the dramatic limestone gorge, which was discovered to be one of the most northerly points in the world for ice age man to have visited over 50,000 years ago.
Holding a substantial programme of events throughout the year, including some fab days out for families, you can walk around the crags, explore the museum and learn about life during the dramatic Ice Age era. Creswell is up for the Marketing award for their ‘Craggy Elf’ campaign, which saw the little imp hidden around the grounds with daily antics posted on social media.
Along with regular cave tours and seasonal events, in the last year Creswell were granted funding by Heritage Lottery, ERDF and EMDA to transform their exhibition space. Bringing together artefacts from major British collections, this exceptional exhibition is not to be missed. Make sure you catch the Augmented Reality Sandbox which allows you to create virtual rain with your touch!
The National Holocaust Centre
Situated in Laxton, near Newark, The National Holocaust Centre continues their crucial work of documenting the Holocaust and providing a memorial space to victims of genocide. With two permanent exhibitions, the centre educates visitors and school groups on the history of genocide with the aim of promoting “an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society.”
In 2016 they launched The Forever Project, which has not only been shortlisted for the Museum and Heritage Innovation Awards, but their short film about the project recently won a BAFTA for the best Charity Film of the year!
The Forever Project was constructed to carry the voices of holocaust survivors into the future and has materialised as an astute and powerful project. Using life size 3d projections, the testimonies of ten Holocaust survivors are presented and preserved, even allowing visitors to ask further questions about their experiences.
Each month the centre hosts talks by living Holocaust survivors and the permanent exhibitions are open Sunday – Friday 10 – 4.30pm. See their programme of events here.