Heritage Link is back!

The Covid 19 pandemic has dominated our lives for what seems like an eternity for some.  With government restrictions relaxing, Heritage Link in Mansfield Woodhouse Library is open once again.  Our amazing volunteers are starting to return to the Link to help us document the collection, put on exhibitions, answer enquiries, and fundraise.  Some have been working from home during this time too.  Thank you!  

Helen, the Project Administrator is busy holding the fort. You will find her at the reception desk on Mondays from 9.30AM to 12.30PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30AM and 12.30PM and 2PM and 4PM during Library opening times.  She is there to help with any enquiries.  At the moment, the library is restricting the number of visitors allowed in at one time, to help keep us all safe. 

Helen and I have been busy working from home all these lockdown months and have been setting up our new website and shop.  We were very fortunate to have been granted an emergency fund of £19,400 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The grant allowed us to buy equipment so our volunteers could work safely from home, PPE for staff and volunteers, and to support Heritage Link’s aims to increase income through our fundraising and shop sales.  Please visit our website  www.mansfieldwoodhouse-heritagelink.org.uk and take a look at the wonderful items we have for sale, or pop in to Heritage Link;  all proceeds support Heritage Link (registered charity). 

We have items in the following categories, Fine Art Prints, Fossil Fun, Historic Photographs, Hive of Industry, Home, Roman All Sorts and Stationery. 

More recent items added include merchandise depicting watercolour paintings of landmarks and scenes from in and around Mansfield Woodhouse by local artist, Peter Lyons, including a wonderful collection of over 150 prints.  We also have items relating to the Roman period, as Mansfield Woodhouse was established before the Roman Empire (27 BC – 476 AD).

The Roman All Sorts includes items relating to the Roman period and more.

The stationery items include a collection of bespoke notelets and greeting cards.

More items depicting Peter Lyon’s paintings will be available in our pop-up shop and will soon be available on our website, including bags, key-rings, mugs, coasters and tea towels.

In addition, The National Lottery has supported Heritage Link by extending our current project deadline to the end of September this year and increasing our grant to enable staff to stay in post, continue the good work and complete the project outcomes.  We will soon be embarking on an exciting new venture to work with young people and schools in Mansfield Woodhouse.  To find out more please contact Helen on enquiries@mansfieldwoodhouse-heritagelink.org.uk, or 07759 783002.

Thanks to The National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance.  By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to support the sector.

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