Welcome to the Edwinstowe Historical Society website
In the 1960’s, a collection of old post cards inspired a number of members of the community to attend the Workers’ Educational Association Local History courses and to form the Edwinstowe Historical Society with the aim of researching, saving and sharing materials relating to the history of our village and surrounding area.
Over the years hundreds of documents and photographs were added to the collection recording the social and physical change to the village and its close links with Sherwood Forest over the past two thousand years. The heritage stretches back to the 7th century when a small chapel was built as a shrine to St Edwin in the forest clearing to be known as Edwin Stowe, the place of Edwin.
With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and training from the Nottinghamshire Archive Department, volunteers have catalogued and indexed documents, scanned and stored over 1700 photographs. For the first time since its inception the group now has an archive where we can store all this information, and our appreciation is recorded to Robert Woodhead who has granted us the use of a room in the Edwinstowe House business centre.
We continue to research past local events, personalities and organisations, all of which serve to remind us of our heritage.