News in July 2017

  • Jul 25

    "Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound"

    "Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound"

    Refugium is a site specific landscape composition created by Jon Hughes, Ben Elliott and Mark Edmonds, which uses sound to explore the history of Creswell Crags. It will be performed within the Creswell Gorge on Saturday 26th August 2017.

    Attendance of this event is absolutely free, and we would welcome as many people along as wish to join us. No tickets needed or registration required, just meet us in the visitor’s Centre at Creswell Crags at 17.30.

    If you wish to travel down from York to Creswell, we will be providing a free coach service. However, spaces for this are limited and you will need to let us know in advance so that we can make sure we don’t overbook. You can book a free ticket on the coach through our EventBrite page:

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    Refugium represents the culmination of a two-year, collaborative research project between the departments of Music and Archaeology at the University of York.

    Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and in partnership with the British Library and Creswell Heritage Trust, this project has taken the idea of sound in the history of Creswell Crags as both a focus of analysis and the primary form of discourse.

    Other outputs of the project include a temporary sound installation within the Creswell Crags Visitors Centre, and an online archive of sound recordings which relate to the past acoustic ecologies represented in Creswell’s unique archaeological, historical and palaeoenvironmental records.

    Project team are as follows:

    Jon Hughes – Composer and Sound Artist

    Ben Elliott – Early Prehistorian

    Mark Edmonds – Landscape Archaeologist

  • Jul 24

    Festival of Folklore & Archaeology THIS WEEKEND!

    We are hosting their first Festival of Archaeology and Folklore, in conjunction with the official nationwide Festival of Archaeology, this weekend on Saturday 29th July.

    Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.

    We have a real treat in store, which will be a fun filled day of events and entertainment suitable for all.

    From sword throwing demonstrations to traditional crafts using wool and wood, there is something of interest for all visitors.

    Our new craft marquee, which was purchased just last month with a grant from Bolsover Rotary Club, will make its debut on the meadow, and will be filled with amazing crafters with fantastic handmade items to sell.

    Forrester Bushcraft will also be on site, a very popular survival skills expert with an impressive YouTube following of 16,000 subscribers. They will be making nettle tea and showing you how to survive in the wilderness!

    As well as all that, we have an artefact tent with some handling collections inside for you to have a look at and try and guess which animals the bones came from!

    Of course there will also be food and drink for the wonderful tree top café with a 5 star rating, our wonderful gift shop and our fascinating museum.

    We hope to see Creswell Crags packed full of visitors for this spectacular event, which will start of the summer season with a bang!

    If you require any more information about the event please email info@creswell-crags.org.uk or call 01909 720378.

  • Jul 24

    Gerald Plant Exhibtition Now Open

    Creswell Heritage Trust is pleased to introduce our brand new exhibition in the downstairs wall space.

    Gerald Plant has been interested in photography since he was about ten years old, using the family Box Browny camera. At the same time the family moved to Welbeck Street, Creswell in 1939, and it was not long before his new friends and found that the nearby Crags was an ideal playground. World War Two greatly reduced the number of game keepers employed by Welbeck Estates so they practically had free run of the woods and caves.

    They explored all the caves with candles, climbed the cliffs and gave names to features on the rock faces, such as ‘Elephants Trunk, ‘Postman’s Rock’ and ‘The Tongue’. Over the past 75 years, these features have been damaged, ‘Postman’s Rock’ has collapsed due to mining subsidence and ‘The Tongue’ has lost its tip.

    On leaving school he continued to take hundreds of photographs of the Crags, with his old Box Browny, until he was called up for National Service aged 18. Whilst serving with the Grenadier Guards in Malaya, he took many photos on jungle patrol, some of which he is now using to illustrate a book of his adventures.

    On returning home, he found the Box Browny ruined by mould from four weeks in his damp kit bag during the long sea voyage home. After army service, he had the pleasure of attending lectures on the Crags, and discussions with Professor Leslie Armstrong.

    Around 1978, when he was Manager of the Steetley Dolomite Quarry and Processing Plant (about half a mile from the Crags), he arranged the transfer of a drilling rig to drill a hole at the West end of the Gorge at a point specified by Dr. Rogan Jenkinson, Director of the Research Centre during the 1970’s and 80’s. In the late 1970’s he became Founder Chairman of the Creswell Crags Archaeological and Natural History Society and continued taking many photographs.

    Gerald’s interest in the Crags has been enhanced by working and being involved in the quarrying and burning of Dolomite for steel all his life. He will always be grateful to the Steetley Company who entrusted him to develop the Whitwell plant in its early life and the local men who helped him do it.

    Gerald’s exhibition is a collection of some of his most memorable and unique camera work.

    It can pre previewed now, with the official opening being on Saturday 29th July to coincide with our festival, and it will be here to enjoy until 20th October.

    Gerald Plant, pictures with our memorial to the Wellington Bomber crew. The Wellington Bomber crashed in a nearby field in 1944 and was witnessed by Gerald. He has helped get the memorial in place and been an integral part of its placement and upkeep. 4th August will mark 73 years since the accident.

  • Jul 02

    Fun dog show will be our best yet!

    We are inviting all dog owners and dog lovers to come along on Sunday 16th July and enter their gorgeous pooches into our fun dog show!


    This fantastic event is sponsored by Syned’s Wonderfeeds and registration starts from 11am.


    The show itself starting at 1pm, and the first 100 people to register will receive an amazing goody bag full of dog food, treats and offers! 

    The cost to enter is £5 per owner, plus £1 per dog per class.


    Rachel’s Magical Entertainment will be doing some face painting on site too if you have children that want to have whiskers for the day!


    There are six categories plus Best in Show. The six categories are Waggiest Tail, Best Dressed, Cutest, Animals Got Talent, Agility Large and Agility Small.


    As well as the show, the goody bags and the stalls attending, there will also be demos from Flygility and fantastic prizes for the winners.


    Even if you haven’t got a dog, come along and watch the meadow fill with lovely pooches!


    It looks set to be a lot of fun and we can’t wait to see all the dogs!


    If you would like any more information about this event or anything else please email info@creswell-crags.org.uk or call 01909 720378


  • Jul 02

    Bolsover Rotary Club Donate £500

    We are very grateful to Bolsover Rotary Club who have donated £500 towards to cost of our new event marquee.

    Having a marquee means we can look after our stall holders better when we have big outdoor events - they will undercover and will benefit from the footfall of all the people outside.

    The first time we use it properly will be for our big festival on Saturday 29th July.

    Thank you so much to everyone at Bolsover Rotary Club. We really appreciate it!!




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