The Big Lift

Our thanks to Izzie and Dave for these fantastic images of the crane lift on Monday 31st

Trade and Traffic on the Trent

We have received a series in poster format of research funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council through the University of Nottingham. Our grateful thanks to Hywel Maslen and Phil Riden for this material. To view these please click on the History and Heritage tab and select Trade and Traffic on the Trent.



Oh What A Night!


The Shanty Evening was a hugely enjoyable evening, with some memorable moments from the artists to the participating audience! (including the stuffed parrot at table ??).


Immense thanks to the committee and members who put this together. Liam Robinson and accompanying artists led from the start.The shanty selection was excellent, as was the food, the venue and the company along with the fantastic raffle,all in all a huge recipe for a well deserved successful evening. More photos of the event once the necessary permissions obtained.

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Thank You Asda Newark for Your Support

ASDA21 A very big THANK YOU to the ASDA Newark Branch for your help and support by assigning us as a beneficiary on your Community Support Programme for the month. Readers who can utilise this service please do, the system operates at the check out point, so please ask the till operator/cashier for your tokens to maximise this very much appreciated assistance.

Trade and Transport Workshop – Part 3

UoN-UK-C-M BlueCMYKThe third Trade and Transport workshop was held on Saturday 7th September 2013 on board the Leicester Trader. The workshop, as arranged and organised by Philip Rider of Nottingham University in conjunction with our committee,was well supported with 12 participants who remained ensconced in the workshop well over the anticipated timings! The lunch provided by Margi was well received and appreciated. Thank you Margi.

Open Day Sunday 04 August

With the more than capable assistance of the tug boat Friar Tuck, the Leicester Trader was moored at the wharf, Newark, behind good friend RIL Elsie a.k.a. (also known as) “The Barge” for our openday.

The general opinion at the end of the day’s activities is that the site is a good ‘un, and worth pursuing in the future, with visitors being attracted by our arrival through the lock and the bridge.

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Activities Updates

The Leicester Trader turned 60 years old and to celebrate we attended the Newark Festival 2013.To read our report and see images go to our events page or click here

Phil Riden of the history department of Nottingham University has kindly provided an archival handlist and bibliography on the navigable rivers and canals of the East Midlands, to view visit our History and Heritage page or click here


Les Hard at Work ( As Usual!)

_DSC5629A drop in at the barge this evening revealed Les hard at work painting and installing panels to house our many pictures and _DSC5626exhibits, as well as preparing the barge for some important meetings and visits in the near future – I can’t help thinking a helping hand would be more than welcome!