Six decades have elapsed since the Edwinstowe Historical Society was founded, and little did
those early members realise how the Society would develop. A collection of old postcards
set the wheels in motion and after attending the Workers’ Educational Association Local
History courses the Society was formed.
Over the years hundreds of documents and photos have been added to the archive and this
has enabled a fascinating picture to be constructed of past village life and the surrounding
The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped the Society to develop a website with,
literally, far-reaching results. Not only were local people contacting the Society, but
enquiries came from across the globe asking for information about relatives who once lived
in the village. During the past twelve months the researchers have dealt with 44 enquiries,
18 of which were related to families.
The Society’s current photographic display in the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre relates to the village inns, notably the Black Swan which is the oldest building on the High Street, with parts of the Inn believed to be 500 years old. The building has been altered and extended considerably over the years.
Talks resume on Wed. 20th September, 2023 when Bob Massey will have something to say
about “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem”.