Linking Place, Community and Culture

‘Discovering Southwell’ is an ambitious project to celebrate the people, places, history, culture and nature of Southwell.

It is dedicated to encouraging a deeper connection to Southwell through stories, objects and shared experiences of its past, present and future. It is for everybody who lives, works, trades, visits and enjoys being in Southwell.

To achieve this, we will be building on local enthusiasm and interest. We wish to create a community project for Southwell that links activities and promotes opportunities for active involvement suitable for all, providing both fun and the chance to learn.


We have drawn our inspiration from similar projects that have been created all over the world, including The Landscape Ecomuseum, Parabiago, Italy and Staffin Ceumannan Ecomuseum on Skye, Scotland.

Discovering Southwell is an initiative of Southwell Heritage Trust.

What’s happening now?

Over the next two months we’ll be out and about all over Southwell with activities and events: popping up at local schools, clubs, pubs and events, as well as taking to the streets. We want to know what makes Southwell special to you and to get your ideas to help shape the future of this project.

Help shape the future of this project

To assist us with this please follow the link below to complete our short online questionnaire. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. A paper version of the questionnaire will also be delivered to households in Southwell with the May edition of The Bramley.


Discovering Southwell Information Day

Saturday 18th May 2019
10.00am to 2.30pm
Southwell Library

Everyone is welcome to find out more about Discovering Southwell, by attending our Information Day on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Southwell Library from 10.00am to 2.30pm.

Family Craft and Information

Saturday 6th April, 9am to 1pm in the Market Square

Family Craft and Information

Saturday 13th April, 9am to 1pm at Southwell Leisure Centre

Information and Chat

Thursday 2nd May from 8pm at the Folk Music session at The Reindeer

A Question of Sports Pub Quiz

Wednesay 15th May from 9pm at The Hearty Goodfellow
So you think you’re a sports knowledge whiz? Get a team together and we’ll put you to the test. Teams, 6 people max, £1 per person entry, winning team takes the pot. Complimentary chip cobs for entrants

Southwell Stories

Friday 31st May from 7:30pm at the Saracen’s Head
Come along and hear some folktales and bring us your stories, old photographs and memorabilia of Southwell to share. Everyone welcome at this informal evening.

Twilight Market Family Activities

Friday 7th June, 5pm to 8pm in the Market Square
Images of Southwell and surrounding area

Our Partners

Discovering Southwell is an initiative of Southwell Heritage Trust.

The Discovering Southwell development group includes representatives from Southwell Community Archaeology Group; Southwell Local History Society; Newark and Sherwood District Council; Nottingham Trent University; University of Nottingham and Southwell Minster.

Southwell Community Archaeology GroupSouthwell MinsterNottingham Trent UniversityUniversity of NottinghamNewark and Sherwood District CouncilSouthwell Local History Society

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