Dean Heritage Centre 2021 calendar

This would make a great Christmas present!

In order to help raise funds for the Dean Heritage Centre and also to publicise some of their collection of 2000 post cards, they have published a 2021 calendar that has a heritage post card reproduced for each month.

The calendar is available to be purchased at the Dean Heritage Centre shop or it can be purchased via the www.deanheritagecentre.com  website. If you cannot easily get to Soudley then the calendar can be collected from one of three collection points or posted (for an extra cost). This would be a great way to help support your Dean Heritage Centre whilst also having some interesting photographs how the Forest of Dean looked over 100 years ago.


Managing the Severn’s coastline

THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE COURT OF SEWERS
1583-1642
Edited by Rose Hewlett

These remarkable Court of Sewers records open a window on communities of the Gloucestershire Levels between 1583 and 1642, and their struggles against encroachments from the sea in a changing political climate. They touch all walks of life from the peasantry to the county’s elite. The extraordinary detail they contain about people and places make them a valuable resource for family and local historians. They are almost unique in their survival, and of national significance.
The records survive because of a long-running legal dispute at Oldbury on Severn regarding responsibility for the sea defences.
From mud walls to grass embankments fortified with stone, sea walls have defended coastal Gloucestershire since Roman times, and management of flood risk and drainage on the low-lying land they protected is documented from the medieval period. Maintenance was a constant draw on labour, materials and finances, especially following the great Severn Estuary flood of 1607 and another significant inundation in 1636. This fully indexed edited transcription reveals the condition of the sea walls and drainage systems before and after these events.
‘Sewers’ here are watercourses, natural or manmade. Courts of Sewers were the forerunners of today’s Internal Drainage Boards, and their form of local government deserves wider attention not only from historians, but from scientists and policymakers who seek a better understanding of historic floods. A comprehensive glossary assists the reader with unusual terminology.
Rose Hewlett’s doctoral research at the University of Bristol into the 1607 flood is underpinned by these records which shed new light on how communities on the Severn Estuary Levels coped in its aftermath.
Publication by the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, September 2020. Full UK price £30.00 (or £22.50 if pre-ordered before 31 August 2020). Postage extra, but free delivery may be possible.
Copies available from Rose Hewlett: rose.hewlett@bristol.ac.uk or 01452 740894.
Alternatively, become a member of the Society and receive this publication and other benefits for £25.00: http://www.bgas.org.uk/about/membership.html.

‘Sewers’ here are watercourses, natural or manmade. Courts of Sewers were the forerunners of today’s Internal Drainage Boards, and their form of local government deserves wider attention not only from historians, but from scientists and policymakers who seek a better understanding of historic floods. A comprehensive glossary assists the reader with unusual terminology.
Rose Hewlett’s doctoral research at the University of Bristol into the 1607 flood is underpinned by these records which shed new light on how communities on the Severn Estuary Levels coped in its aftermath.
Publication by the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, September 2020. Full UK price £30.00 (or £22.50 if pre-ordered before 31 August 2020). Postage extra, but free delivery may be possible.
Copies available from Rose Hewlett: rose.hewlett@bristol.ac.uk or 01452 740894.
Alternatively, become a member of the Society and receive this publication and other benefits for £25.00: http://www.bgas.org.uk/about/membership

Last month for voting for the Forest’s heroes!

There is still time to vote for your favourite historic Forest heroes!

Online vote is open until 31st July for you to decide which 10 Forest figures should be remembered with Foresters’ Forest Blue & Green Plaques.

Watch this short video to find out more about the plaques and how to place your vote: https://youtu.be/g-0JiA8HCxc

Please vote for your favourites by viewing this page of the Foresters’ Forest website: https://bit.ly/BlueGreenPlaques

You can also send your votes by email to info@forestersforest.uk with your chosen blue plaque and green plaque recipients (your five favourites for each category).

 

Vote for the Forest’s Historic Heroes!

The Forest of Dean has many people that have played a huge part in our history, and now the Foresters’ Forest National Lottery Heritage Funded programme is looking to recognise some of these local figures with a plaque – and they need your votes!

Who do you think should be remembered with a special Blue or Green Plaque, displayed within the Forest of Dean?

A Blue Plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a nationally famous person or event.

A Green Plaque is very similar but it commemorates a link between that location and a person famous within the Forest (but not nationally well known

Please vote for your favourites by viewing this page of the Foresters’ Forest website: https://bit.ly/BlueGreenPlaques

You can also send your votes by email to info@forestersforest.uk with your chosen blue plaque and green plaque recipients (your five favourites for each category).

The results will be announced in August. There’s more to read here too  https://www.forestersforest.uk/story-of-the-forest/blue-green-plaque-scheme

The Dean Heritage Centre needs our help …

We know that you value the heritage of the Forest of Dean. The Dean Heritage Centre is an accredited museum that conserves over 20,000 historical artefacts and displays the heritage of the Forest of Dean for all generations, but especially for our young people. They rely on paying visitors to be able to carry on this work, so the Covid-19 pandemic has brought some challenges.

The Centre is seeking our support to help get through the next 12 months and beyond. They want to be able to provide resources for schools, even though they will find it difficult to visit for many months. They want to be able to arrange special events and expand the online resources.

We appreciate this is a difficult time for many Forest people, but even a donation of just £2 per month could help us continue our important work. Go onto our website and sign up to make a regular donation or become a season ticket holder. www.deanheritagecentre.com

LHS meetings cancelled

It will come as no surprise that we have made the decision to cancel our April meeting and upcoming summer events. So far, we are holding out for normal life again by September but we will have to wait and see. For any events advertised on this news site which are not hosted by us, please contact the organising group, but it’s pretty safe to assume they are not going ahead.

Keep well …