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The Local Heritage section at Mansfield Central Library is at the centre of the first floor of the building with access by lift or stairs.
The collection contains a range of material relating to Mansfield and the surrounding area, with background material on Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.
You will find resources to help you trace:
The book collection has approximately 7000 volumes, including works by
local authors, and also highlights the work of the 18th Century publisher and
author Robert Dodsley, born near Mansfield. He worked as a stocking weaver and footman
but later came to publish works by Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson and have
his portrait painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
The collection includes histories of the town by William Horner Groves (1894) and A.S. Buxton, as well as standard county histories by Robert Thoroton (1790) , Thomas Bailey (1853), and Cornelius Brown (1891) etc.
Some items are only available to
be consulted in the library, but wherever possible we offer a loan copy of the
title as well. The majority can be searched for on the library catalogue but some are not yet included. The Local Studies classification numbers can be used to find books on specific themes e.g. L90.2 Mansfield is the reference for titles concerned with the history of the town in general, but topics such as Industry in Mansfield have a specific number – indexes are available, and staff will be able to help.
Mansfield Library is also home to the County Local Studies Reserve Collection where we store additional copies of rare items to ensure that we can maintain our wide range of local titles well into the future.
Periodicals in the collection include:
The library has files, on microfilm, of local newspapers
CHAD Weekender Sep
1987 - Dec 1994
& Notts Journal 1772 - 1775
Mansfield & Ashfield
Recorder 7 Dec 1978 - to 2018
Mansfield & Ashfield
Reporter 16 Jan 1992 - Feb 1999
Mansfield & North Notts
Advertiser 13 May 1871 - 28 Mar 1952
Mansfield & Sutton
Observer 21 May 1969 - Dec 1998
Mansfield Chronicle 11
Oct 1895 - 27 Mar 1952
Advertiser/CHAD 3 Apr 1952 - to 2018 (and DVD from 2002)
Mansfield Midweek Extra 16 Jan 1979 - 30 Oct 1979
Mansfield Reporter 2
Jan 1858 - 5 Jan 1956
Meden & Dukeries
Advertiser 27 Sep 1978 – to 2018
Gazette 1 Jan 1846 - 1 Nov 1848;
3 Jan 1857 -24 Dec 1885
Warsop Despatch 7 Dec 1934 - 24 May 1935
Warsop & District Observer 12 Jan 1934 - 29 Mar 1934
There is an incomplete card index to these newspapers focussing on the CHAD (i.e. Chronicle), Mansfield Advertiser and Mansfield Reporter.
titles are not all currently included in the British Newspaper Archive, although
there may be relevant articles in other titles accessible via this FREE
subscription available in Inspire Libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives.
A list of Nottinghamshire titles in digital format on the British Newspaper Archive can be found here.
Microfilm/microfiche reader and printer facilities are provided, including a digital scanner.
The trade directories, some county-wide, covering the period from
around 1790, give contemporary information about Mansfield, including listings
of local industries, and prominent people. The collection includes a set of
Linney’s “Mansfield and North Nottinghamshire Illustrated Almanack and
There is also wide coverage of Nottinghamshire directories in microfiche format.
Ephemera files have been compiled over many years containing news cuttings, leaflets and uncatalogued information on various themes including local industries, Mansfield Town FC programmes etc. They are arranged by topic in filing cabinets.
The photograph collection includes around 4000 mounted images, covering
the period from the 1850s to the 1980s.
These are arranged by theme in filing cabinets and an index to the classification scheme is available.
Over 22,000 Nottinghamshire images have been digitised and are available on the Inspire Picture Archive.
If you have a specific query about mapping please contact us direct via AskInspire.
Census Returns for the Mansfield and neighbouring parishes, from 1841 to 1901, are available on microfiche, but the free access to Ancestry.co.uk in libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives is often a more convenient way of searching for Census information.
Parish Registers on microfiche cover Mansfield (and surrounding parishes) from 1559 into the Twentieth Century (where they survive).
Annesley, Arnold, Averham, Babworth, Bilsthorpe, Bleasby, Blidworth, Blyth, Bothamstall, Broughton, Calverton, Carburton, Carlton in Lindrick, Carlton on Trent, Caunton, Clarborough, Clipstone, Cromwell, Eakring, East Markham, East Retford, Eastwood, Eaton, Edingley, Edwinstowe, Egmanton, Elkesley, Epperstone, Farnsfield, Gamston, Greasley, Halam, Halloughton, Hockerton, Holme, Hucknall, Hucknall Torkard, Huthwaite, Kel;ham, Kirkby in Ashfield, Kirkby Woodhouse, Kirklington, Kirton, Kneesall, Laxton, Lenton Priory, Linby, Mansfield Woodhouse, Maplebeck, Morton, Newark, Newstead Abbey, Newstead village, North Muskham, Norton Cuckney, Norwell, Ollerton, Ordsall, Ossington, Oxton, Papplewick, Perlethorpe, Pleasley Hill, Rainworth, Retford, Scrooby, Selston, Skegby, South Muskham, Southwell, Sutton in Ashfield, Teversal, Thurgarton, Tuxford, Upton, Walesby, Warsop, Wellow, West Drayton, West Leake, West Markham, Weston, West Retford, Winkburn, Woodborough, Worksop and Worksop Priory
A separate family history collection of some key titles to help with the process of researching family history is also available in general library stock.
For help with specific enquiries please contact Ask Inspire.
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