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East Midlands Collection

"Capturing the Essence of East Midlands

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Nottingham Goose Fair 1927

Nottingham Goose Fair 1927

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Returning evacuee children wave goodbye to Derby as their train moves out

Returning evacuee children wave goodbye to Derby as their train moves out, bound for London and their homes. 15th June 1945

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Chipmunk aircraft of the G. U. A.s (Glasgow University Air Squadron

Chipmunk aircraft of the G. U. A.s (Glasgow University Air Squadron
Chipmunk aircraft of the G.U.A.S (Glasgow University Air Squadron) at RAF Waddington 10th July 1952

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: A worker at the Mansfield shoe factory in Northampton, cutting out a leather shoe upper

A worker at the Mansfield shoe factory in Northampton, cutting out a leather shoe upper. 26th April 1956

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Cliff Yeomans of Ashbourne, West Hallam ploughing match. 15th September 1986

Cliff Yeomans of Ashbourne, West Hallam ploughing match. 15th September 1986

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Neighbours Mrs Moria Foster (left) and Mrs Phillis Tanner chat over the garden wall

Neighbours Mrs Moria Foster (left) and Mrs Phillis Tanner chat over the garden wall on the new housing estate built in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. 5th June 1963

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, 19th century (oil on canvas)

Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, 19th century (oil on canvas)
3743768 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, 19th century (oil on canvas) by Vincent, George (1796-1831); 35.1x46.5 cm; Nottingham City Museums and Galleries (Nottingham Castle)

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: A handframe knitter seen here with his apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt

A handframe knitter seen here with his apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt and Son in Nottingham 31st March 1954

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Lace curtains seen here being manufactured at an unknown Nottingham factory

Lace curtains seen here being manufactured at an unknown Nottingham factory. 14th March 1966

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Nottingham Castle on Fire, 10 October 1831, mid-19th century (oil on canvas)

Nottingham Castle on Fire, 10 October 1831, mid-19th century (oil on canvas)
3743748 Nottingham Castle on Fire, 10 October 1831, mid-19th century (oil on canvas) by Dawson, Henry (1811-78); 47x67.9 cm; Nottingham City Museums and Galleries (Nottingham Castle); (add.info)

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Boot factory of Messrs, Manfield and Sons, Ltd. Northampton. Making room. No

Boot factory of Messrs, Manfield and Sons, Ltd. Northampton. Making room. No. of hands - 147. Pulling over uppers. April 1930

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: England, Lincolnshire, Walcot

England, Lincolnshire, Walcot. Combine harvester harvesting wheat

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Sewing thread being manufactured at the Nottingham factory of Ws Godber

Sewing thread being manufactured at the Nottingham factory of Ws Godber. 30th August 1965

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: SPENCER, Herbert (1820-1903). Portrait of Herbert Spencer. Litography. SPAIN. CATALONIA. Barcelona

SPENCER, Herbert (1820-1903). Portrait of Herbert Spencer. Litography. SPAIN. CATALONIA. Barcelona
CUL4867392 SPENCER, Herbert (1820-1903). Portrait of Herbert Spencer. Litography. SPAIN. CATALONIA. Barcelona. Biblioteca de Catalunya (National Library of Catalonia); (add.info.: SPENCER)

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: BUCKINGHAM, George Villiers, Duke of (1592-1628). British politician

BUCKINGHAM, George Villiers, Duke of (1592-1628). British politician, favorite of James I and Charles I. Etching
CUL4859137 BUCKINGHAM, George Villiers, Duke of (1592-1628). British politician, favorite of James I and Charles I. Etching

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: The Littlewoods store at Haymarket, Leicester 28th April 1980

The Littlewoods store at Haymarket, Leicester 28th April 1980

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: A gas mask for the use of people who breathe through a tracheal tube in the throat has

A gas mask for the use of people who breathe through a tracheal tube in the throat has been designed by Inspector S.E. Bentley, the Derby A.R.P. organiser, and Mr. H. Hall, the head warden for No

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: The last shift at Cotgrave Colliery, one of the last miners underground holds a Davy lamp

The last shift at Cotgrave Colliery, one of the last miners underground holds a Davy lamp. Circa 1992

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: 617 Squadron at RAF Scampton as they prepare to leave for Goose Bay in Canada

617 Squadron at RAF Scampton as they prepare to leave for Goose Bay in Canada. 31 August 1971

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Clearing snow off railway lines at Hartington, Derbyshire Peak District, England

Clearing snow off railway lines at Hartington, Derbyshire Peak District, England, during the harsh winter of 1947, using the recently developed Jet Engine

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Rolls Royce and Railway staff, carrying out trials with a jet engine to clear snow off

Rolls Royce and Railway staff, carrying out trials with a jet engine to clear snow off railway lines, Derbyshire Peak District, England, during the harsh winter of 1947

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: The newly completed Littlewoods store on the Humberstone Gate - Haymarket site in

The newly completed Littlewoods store on the Humberstone Gate - Haymarket site in Leicester City Centre 17th May 1967

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Newly opened shops on the Greengate Lane Estate, Birstall, Leicester. 13th August 1960

Newly opened shops on the Greengate Lane Estate, Birstall, Leicester. 13th August 1960

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Newark Street, Leicester City Centre 13th February 1953

Newark Street, Leicester City Centre 13th February 1953

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Father and son, Menino and Henry Rato of Greenhill Road, Leicester who are going to Goa

Father and son, Menino and Henry Rato of Greenhill Road, Leicester who are going to Goa, India, by car. 22nd January 1976

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Air Raid Shelter signs seen here in Derby. Circa October 1939

Air Raid Shelter signs seen here in Derby. Circa October 1939

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Auxiliary fire service unit in action during the A. R. P. exercises at Derby 15th May 1939

Auxiliary fire service unit in action during the A. R. P. exercises at Derby 15th May 1939
Auxiliary fire service unit in action during the A.R.P. exercises at Derby 15th May 1939

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Barrage balloons a new addition to the Derby skyline. 15th October 1939

Barrage balloons a new addition to the Derby skyline. 15th October 1939 Taken from the roof of the Derby Evening Telegraph, Northcliffe House

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: A peep inside the dug-out air raid shelter at Borrowash 15th October 1939

A peep inside the dug-out air raid shelter at Borrowash 15th October 1939

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Specialist removing blue asbestos from two vintage steam train - Midland Railway Trust at

Specialist removing blue asbestos from two vintage steam train - Midland Railway Trust at Butterley. 15th September 1988

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Eddie Appleyard with Bonny & Prince at the West Hallam Ploughing match. 15th October 1989

Eddie Appleyard with Bonny & Prince at the West Hallam Ploughing match. 15th October 1989

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Brailsford ploughing match 15th October 1963

Brailsford ploughing match 15th October 1963

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Two horses ploughing seen side by side at the annual ploughing match at West Hallam

Two horses ploughing seen side by side at the annual ploughing match at West Hallam - District ploughing, hedgecutting competition, Weston Hall, Weston-on-Trent. 15th October 1989

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Ploughmans Lunch West Hallam ploughing match - Gerald Taylor farmer 15th

Ploughmans Lunch West Hallam ploughing match - Gerald Taylor farmer 15th June 1950

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Greyhound Stadium Vernon Street, Derby just before the last meeting was held

Greyhound Stadium Vernon Street, Derby just before the last meeting was held. 7th December 1988

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: British Midland New Uniform revealed at East Midland Airport. 15th November 1988

British Midland New Uniform revealed at East Midland Airport. 15th November 1988

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: West Hallam ploughing match 15th June 1950 - David Neal for Hinkley

West Hallam ploughing match 15th June 1950 - David Neal for Hinkley

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Lord Lothian starts the a Medieval football game played annually on Shrove Tuesday

Lord Lothian starts the a Medieval football game played annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire The Ashbourne game also known as " hugball" has

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Brailsford ploughing match 15th October 1981

Brailsford ploughing match 15th October 1981

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Prince Philip, in the control of East Midlands Airport during a visit to the East

Prince Philip, in the control of East Midlands Airport during a visit to the East Midlands. 15th June 1990

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: West Hallam ploughing match - Mr Gerald Taylor of Gotham Nottingham 2nd in the Ploughing

West Hallam ploughing match - Mr Gerald Taylor of Gotham Nottingham 2nd in the Ploughing contest. Ron Temple leads the horses 15th October 1981

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: West Hallam ploughing match the only woman in ploughing competition Ann Sale of Draycolt

West Hallam ploughing match the only woman in ploughing competition Ann Sale of Draycolt in the clay 15th October 1981

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: The last shift at Cotgrave Colliery, returns to the surface. Circa 1992

The last shift at Cotgrave Colliery, returns to the surface. Circa 1992

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: A miner below ground at Cotgrave Colliery for the final shift before the mine is closed

A miner below ground at Cotgrave Colliery for the final shift before the mine is closed. Circa 1992

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Lincoln City Football Club manager Graham Taylor seen here talking to the children of

Lincoln City Football Club manager Graham Taylor seen here talking to the children of Branston School whilst on a visit to Sincil Bank. 17th September 1975

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: Customers at the checkout counter of the Nottingham Co-Op supermarket. 1st May 1963

Customers at the checkout counter of the Nottingham Co-Op supermarket. 1st May 1963

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: A Blue Steel missile at RAF Waddington The UKs nuclear deterrent seen here being

A Blue Steel missile at RAF Waddington The UKs nuclear deterrent seen here being loaded aboard a RAF Avro Vulcan. 14 February 1963

Background imageEast Midlands Collection: The City of Lincoln Lancaster (which now forms part of the Battle of Britain Memorial

The City of Lincoln Lancaster (which now forms part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight), closely followed by XL 317 Vulcan flying over Lincoln, with Lincoln Cathedral clearly visible



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"Capturing the Essence of East Midlands: A Tapestry of History and Innovation" Step into the past as we witness a handframe knitter passing down his skills to an eager apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt. The delicate artistry of lace curtains unfolds before our eyes, as they are meticulously manufactured in an unknown Nottingham factory. Taking flight with the Chipmunk aircraft of the G. U. A. S (Glasgow University Air Squadron), we soar through the skies, symbolizing the region's contribution to aviation history. Meanwhile, in Northampton, Messrs Manfield and Sons Ltd. 's boot factory buzzes with activity, making room for new creations that will grace many feet. Immerse yourself in tradition at the Nottingham Goose Fair 1927, where laughter and excitement fill the air. Witnessing Cliff Yeomans ploughing match in Ashbourne transports us back to a simpler time on September 15th, 1986. In close-knit communities like Walcot or over garden walls shared by neighbors Mrs. Moria Foster and Mrs. Phillis Tanner, conversations flow freely - connecting hearts and minds. The rich heritage continues with iconic landmarks such as Nottingham Castle ablaze on October 10th, 1831 - immortalized on canvas during the mid-19th century. At Mansfield shoe factory in Northamptonshire, skilled workers cut out leather shoe uppers with precision and expertise. East Midlands thrives not only on its historical tapestry but also on innovation; sewing thread being manufactured at Ws Godber's Nottingham factory showcases this spirit perfectly. As our journey concludes with Vickers Viscount 708 G-ARBY soaring above East Midlands' landscapes – from bustling cities to serene countryside – we realize that this region is truly a treasure trove blending old-world charm with modern progress.