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 (17 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 2019 drop-in sessions from 6-8pm held at Moira Replan:

26th February

26th March

23rd April

21st May

18th June

16th July

13th August

10th September

8th October

5th November

3rd December


Tuesday afternoon 2019 drop-in sessions from 2pm – 4pm at Moira Replan:

12th February

12th March

9th April

7th May

4th June

2nd July

30th July

27th August

24th September

22nd October

19th November

17th December

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

Contact Information

Telephone Number:01283 511211