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Thanks, Maggie & Newstead Youth Centre Portraits
Newstead Youth Centre Portraits
Photographs by David Severn
9 February to 7 July 2019
Most visitors to Newstead Abbey are unaware that outside of the perimeter wall lies a former colliery, and a community that occupy rows of former miners’ houses. In a new exhibition at Newstead Abbey, Nottingham-based photographer David Severn presents a lesser-known view of Newstead and Nottinghamshire. Through his earnest and sensitively observed photographs and portraits, David shows his interest in two parallel worlds which are situated beside each other, where an ancient priory wall acts as a dividing line between two contrasting but equally significant tales of Nottinghamshire’s history.
Since Newstead Colliery closed in 1987, now replaced by a sprawling country park, the loss of the pit has left a lasting legacy upon the residents. Despite this, the younger generation show a deep affection towards Newstead Village. Guided by the young people themselves, Newstead Youth Centre Portraits lead us through the local streets and play areas. This is their Newstead, their turf, and they are proud of it.
Further afield across Nottinghamshire, other pit closures left many open wounds for the former the coal miners and their families. In Thanks, Maggie, David Severn explores these abandoned coalfields to observe the communities left behind, and discover how some traditions still remain in the social clubs that his own pit-working father and grandfather may have frequented. Vivid echoes of the collieries remain, as does the bitter lament of the Miner’s Strike of 1984-85 that runs through the stories, music and veins of contemporary life.
This exhibition is free, but normal entry charges apply to the house.
Please check our opening times for visitor information.
Newstead Youth Centre Portraits was originally commissioned by LandLiesFallow, an artist-led community project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of a creative response to the communities along the ancient borders of Sherwood Forest.
Wollaton Wildlife Wander Trail
Walk around our Natural History Museum to find all the animals that are important to wildlife conservation.
Look at the animals on display to find out more on why their existence is being threatened and what is being done to help their conservation!
Receive a badge at the end when you have found all the answers.
£1 per trail from the Museum Shop, open 11am - 4pm. Normal car parking charges apply.
Welly Boots Trail
Can you find all the welly boots in the Gardens to discover the secret word?
Find them all to claim your prize!
£1 per trail from the Abbey House Shop, open 10am - 4pm.
Normal car parking charges apply.
George's Gorilla Game
It is George's Birthday this month and he wants you to find out how old he is!
Follow his path of footprints around the park to find all the answers to reveal his age and claim your birthday badge!
£1 per trail | Available from all shops.
Normal car parking charges apply.
Nature Art Detective Trail
Look at the outside world inside through our collection of paintings and discover more about the natural world and look closely at the works of art!
Complete the activity sheet to claim your badge.
This trail is available during House opening times only.
£1 per trail | Normal car parking charges and house admission charges apply.
Join the Haunted Events UK team on a Ghost Hunt at one of their exclusive locations.
Greyhound Trust Walk
The Greyhound Trust Nottingham will be gathering for a walk around Wollaton Park’s picturesque lake on Sunday 24 February. The walk will begin at 10:30 and finish around 11:30 with refreshments at the courtyard cafe. They will meet 10am onwards at the Pay and Display Car Park at the top of the hill by the side of the main hall. All well behaved greyhounds are most welcome to join the walk!