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Patron:  Lord Middleton

Registered Charity No 501862


Website updated: April


THE SOCIETY'S ACTIVITIES are currently still affected by Coronavirus restrictions but meetings with a guest speaker will go ahead via Zoom 

However we should be able to meet indoors again from September 2021 and the 20201/2022 programme can be found on the "Current Programme" drop down menu. 

DOVECOTE MUSEUM planned to re-open on Sunday 11th July 2021 as long as it is safe to do so.




WHaCS Chairman Andrew Hamilton offers seven Zoom talks on Wollaton, each lasting one hour and each illustrated with over 100 photographs, historic and modern, and maps:-


1.  "Wollaton Hall in 1920 and 2020", illustrated with historic photographs of the interior then and now.

2.  "Wollaton Walled Garden" with plans and photographs from the 1890s and showing work done in the Garden over the last year.

3.  "Wollaton from Village to Suburb" with plans and photographs including aerial photographs from the 1920s to 1947.


4.  "The History of Wollaton Park" including a recently discovered plan of 1796 and a poignant story of a suicide in 1862.


5.  "St Leonard's Church and the story of the moving cadavers" including some of the other important monuments, and the adjoining Chantry cottage.


6.  “Old Wollaton Hall, Martin’s Pond and the Canal” including the sad account of the drowning of 2 boys in 1869.


7.  “Balloon Wood, Coal, Collieries and the first railway in the World” 

8.  "Wollaton, the Village Pump, the Dovecote and the surviving 19th Century cottages"


Andrew can do any of these, at any time by Zoom, (apart from the evening of the fourth Wednesday of the month when we have our WHaCS meeting). 


Contact Andrew direct on: anrhamilton@hotmail.co.uk

There is no fee for these Zoom talks, though donations are encouraged towards the Walled Garden Restoration Project

Occasionally Andrew is able to do these Talks “Live” depending on the venue. In such cases he hopes to raise at least £100 which can be by way of a fee or donations from the audience. All proceeds go to the Walled Garden at Wollaton Park.

19th March 2021




Mission Statement:

The Society exists to protect and enhance the principal Conservation Areas which include the Village core and Wollaton Park. In order to do that the Society encourages historic research and seeks to encourage people living in all parts of Wollaton and Wollaton Park to learn more about the history of the area and thereby to help ensure its survival and conservation.

In order to achieve that, the Society holds a number of talks on local history during winter months and, in the summer, in addition to opening the Dovecote Museum, provides a number of guided walks around the area of greater Wollaton and visits to other historical sites of interest.

wollaton village square



Before Corvid 19 restrictions, the Society held:

 INDOOR MEETINGS with a guest speaker, on the 4th Wednesday of the month September to April (not December), 7.30pm at St Leonard's Community Centre, Bramote Lane, Wollaton (opposite Wollaton Library) NG8 2ND Free for Society members, currently £2 non members. (Car park at rear. Also accessible by Pinkline bus No 30, get off at the Admiral Rodney stop at Wollaton Library, or The Two, get of at Birdsall Avenue, walk back to Wollaton Road, then follow the road to the Admiral Rodney and turn right on to Bramcote Lane)

GUIDED WALKS May to August (day of the week, place and times vary - please see the Current Programme and Activities pages for details). They're free and everyone is welcome.

VISITS The Society arranges occasional visits to places of historic interest. Members and guests pay for transport and an entry fee where applicable.




dictated by Ron Cruxon


on the Dovecote Museum page





compiled by Sue Smith


The Dovecote Museum now has its own website 

Managed by volunteers, the Dovecote Museum is open to the public on the 2nd Sunday of the month and other occasions, 2.00-4.30pm May to September inclusive and other dates through the year depending on other local activities. A guided Walk around the village leaves the museum at 3.00pm. Free admission, free walk, donations welcome.

By bus: No 30 to "Wollaton Admiral Rodney" stop and

The Two "Birdsall Avenue" stop.

Also open for Heritage Weekend
and by special request for groups.
 In addition the museum welcomes group visits by prior arrangement. Please contact us via the feedback page for details.

The News, Calendar and Next Event pages offer further information about forthcoming events and notes about current historical projects being undertaken by the Society.



 Please contact us via the Feedback page

 MEMBERSHIP:  £7.50 per head from April 2021, payable by standing order, or at any time during the year to the following April.

Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society does not accept liability for any accident, loss or damage to members or visitors during its advertised activities


For general enquiries please contact the Society's Secretary Angela Gilbert via the feedback link



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