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.


Focus Group Event

Wednesday 29th May at the Saracen’s Head, Southwell (Minster Suite)
Do you have more to say and ideas to offer? Then we would like to invite you to attend a more in-depth focus group session to share your thoughts and ideas with us.
This community consultation session is part of the community engagement process through which the Discovering Southwell project aim to find out what matters most to the people of Southwell, what you love, what you want and what you need, and how best the project can create a plan to be relevant and foster deeper relationships across and between all sectors of the community. This is an exciting time for our project and this community and we are so looking forward to your involvement.

There are two sessions to choose from
Either 1 – 3:30pm  OR  7 – 9:30pm
Refreshments will be provided

Places are limited so please RSVP to
We are asking that you attend just one session and that you can stay for the duration. If you are interested, or have any questions, then please email

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

Southwell Funday

Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 12 noon on The Burgage with family fun and activities.

Previous Events

Discovering Southwell Information Day

Saturday 18th May, 10.00am to 2.30pm at Southwell Library

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

Information and Chat

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

Family Craft and Information

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

Family Craft and Information

Saturday 6th April, 9am to 1pm 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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