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Heritage Awards Success!!

Regional Heritage Awards, Kelham Hall, Newark. From left: Andrew Newnham, Alex Hague, Ann Inscker

Heritage Awards Success!!

I am very pleased to announce here that the John Player project has won the Regional Heritage Award for Collections Care and Development.  The ceremony was held at Kelham Hall, Newark last Thursday evening.  It really does show how much we’ve achieved with such a large collection.  We have strived to develop the collection and make it more accessible through this website, the sessions with participants who worked at Player’s, the short film we have made and the work that our volunteers have done. 

Thank you to everyone involved, especially Maria Erskine keeper of Social History, Andrew Newnham John Player’s Advertising Archive Collection Development Assistant and Ann Inscker, Collections Manager.  All the volunteers involved in work on the collection and all the participants in the Player’s Past and Tailormade sessions whose input really helped us to fully understand and appreciate the social importance of John Player’s in Nottingham.

 

Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

 

Two weeks ago Maria and I had a meeting with Dr Denise Amos discussing a John Player pathway on the Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway website, linked to the Thoroton Society.  This is a very useful website for anyone wanting to do research about any part of Nottinghamshire’s history and as Player’s had such a strong impact on the city, it is relevant for there to be information about it on the website. 

I am currently drafting the overview of the pathway, which will be approximately 1500-2000 words detailing the history of Player’s from the beginning to the present.   I will also be searching for images of Player’s buildings and factories for the structural section.  In the graphic section will be images of counter cards, advertising posters and photographs of events etc.  I will also be supplying information about primary and secondary sources about the history of Player’s for anyone who wishes to read more about the company.  The details of the film and oral history work done with the participants for the player’s past and tailor-made sessions will also be on the website.

 

Adverts as Inspiration

Adverts as Inspiration

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll soon be working with the writer Andy Barrett, thanks to Mubu’s links with Writing East Midlands.  We’ve had our first face to face meeting and are coming up with a plan to involve young people in our project.  The idea is to work with people aged between 16 and 19 and use the tobacco adverts as inspiration for a film that explores the imagery.  If anyone has any tips on similiar programmes they have ran in the past we’d be interested in hearing from them.

 

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