Bygone photo experts join Notts’ Right Royal picture hunt!

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Collections are about to take place in libraries in Nottinghamshire for photographs capturing Jubilee celebrations from yesteryear.

Two local libraries are hosting events where people can bring old photographs to be scanned and will then feature in Nottinghamshire County Council’s Right Royal Extravaganza exhibition at Rufford Gallery in May.

Experts from the Picture the Past project, who manage an on-line collection of more than 90,000 historic images in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, are also taking part in the initiative and will be on hand to professionally scan old pictures and slides brought in by members of the public alongside staff from Nottinghamshire County Council’s library service.

The drop-in sessions are at Mansfield Library, Wednesday 14th March, 10am - 1pm and Southwell Library, Tuesday 20th March 10am - 1pm

‘Picture the Past’ is a not-for-profit project, started in 2002, that aims to make historic images from the library and museum collections across the whole of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, available via a completely free-to-use website.

There are photographs, postcards, engravings and paintings on the website showing how life has changed in the region over the last few hundred years giving a fascinating insight into the work and lives of the people who lived there.

One of Picture the Past’s project managers, Nick Tomlinson, said: “We are delighted to get involved in this initiative and it will be fascinating to see the sorts of pictures that members of the public bring along.”

Tim Warner, one of the library service’s Local Studies Librarians, will be involved in the project at Southwell Library and said: “We’re looking for old photographs and memories of how local residents celebrated royal events in the local area in days gone by.

“Anything that captures the 1952 Coronation, the Silver Jubilee and Golden Jubilee, street parties, carnivals and parades will all be welcome.”

Rufford’s Right Royal Extravaganza takes place at Rufford Craft Centre from Tuesday 15 May to Sunday 10 June. There is also a preview on Sunday 13 May, 2pm – 4pm.

Exhibition organisers including Sue Cullen and Diana Pasek-Atkinson, from Nottinghamshire County Council’s arts service, are also appealing for unusual memorabilia from the Queen’s Coronation, Silver and Golden Jubilees which will adorn the gallery along with hand-made bunting and ceramics celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Find out more by emailing: artsadmin@nottscc.gov.uk

And there are some excellent opportunities for people to get involved in the fun with workshops to make bunting, ceramics and tiaras in April.

At the Exhibition’s preview on Sunday, 13th Ma, from 2-4pm, visitors are invited to adorn themselves in red, white and blue (jewels optional) throw on your crown and join us for an afternoon fit for a Queen! Pretenders to the throne sporting creative crowns are particularly welcome!

The details are listed in a special brochure called What’s On at Rufford Craft Centre from January until June 2012, highlighting arts and crafts workshops, exhibitions and a range of free events.

For more details about these events, visit: www3.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/events/ where the brochure can be downloaded as a pdf document.