Heart of the Forest Heritage

Heart of the Forest Heritage are a community group who share an interest in telling the unique story of landscape change across the Heart of The National Forest.

The groups aims are:

  • To create a digital community archive accessible to anyone wanting to find out more about the history of the area through photographs, maps and other documents of local heritage interest.
  • To preserve local heritage features and collections that bring the story of industry to life; mining, pottery, railways, the canal and the landscape.
  • To provide opportunities for volunteers to learn about heritage, archiving and the care of collections.

Heart of the Forest Heritage regularly meet at Moira Replan (7 Ashby Rd, DE12 6DJ) and are currently undertaking the task of digitising hundreds of photographs and maps to preserve them for the future. If you would like to find out more, just drop by to any of the sessions listed below. New volunteers are always welcome and there will be plenty of jobs to help with including sorting through photographs, recording memories and information, scanning documents and updating the database. Initial training will be provided along with further opportunities to develop skills in archive development and collection care.

Tuesday Evening 2018 drop-in sessions from 6-8pm held at Moira Replan:

20th February

20th March

17th April

15th May

12th June

10th July

7th August

4th September

2nd October

30th October

27th November


Tuesday afternoon 2018 drop-in sessions from 2pm – 4pm at Moira Replan:



6th February

3rd April

1st May

29th May

26th June

24th July

21st August

18th September

16th October

13th November

11th December – Annual General Meeting

Late 18th centuary photograph of the workforce at Robinson and Dowlers pipe yard.

Contact Information

Telephone Number:01283 511211