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Where do we think we live?

A 3 year project financed by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to look at aspects of Upper Broughton's past.
The Upper Broughton History Group received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 to enable us to study village history within living memory. This website has been created as part of that project and brings together information we have gleaned in the last three years, photographs from Michal Copley's collection and village documents.

We started the project by interviewing over 40 villagers and former villagers about their memories of school, the Second World War, farming, trades and crafts that were carried out in the village and what they did to enjoy themselves. Some of our interviewees had lived in the village all their lives, others were born here and then moved away and some had moved to the village in more recent years.

Over 40 people in the history team helped to bring the project to fruition. Most of them were involved in mounting an exhibition in May 2013 in the Village Hall. Building on the memories of our interviewees we spent many hours carrying out research at the local libraries, the Nottinghamshire Archives, the Carnegie Museum in Melton and the Nottingham University Archives. Over 500 people came to the three-day exhibition, including two former villagers from the north of Scotland who were reunited with two ladies from Great Yarmouth who had lived in the village as evacuees.

In January 2014 we presented twenty teaching packs to the local primary school in Kinoulton. They will be used by the children in class 5 as part of their war studies. The packs contain information about the wars in relation to the villages of Hickling, Kinoulton and Upper Broughton. They also include details about the war memorials and the men whose names appear on them, letters that were sent between soldiers and their families, some fascinating local stories such as how Kinoulton comes to have a farm called Vimy Ridge and a map of Upper Broughton showing how the village was to be defended in the event of a German invasion. We have copies of these packs available to buy for £5.

Finally, we created this website and also producing some booklets on Farmin, the School and Trades and Crafts, which will be presented to every household in the village.

Upcoming Events
Walking Tour of Langar Aug 18, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Langar Church
Honest Men but Destitute, the Plight of the Framework Knitters Mar 09, 2023 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM — Upper Broughton Village Hall
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