Old photos needed for new book about the women of Nottinghamshire

An old Nottinghamshire women's football team. Photo: Arnold History Group
An old Nottinghamshire women's football team. Photo: Arnold History Group

Old photos of Nottinghamshire women are needed by local historian Val Wood for her new book.

The book, which will be published later this year, will showcase a collection of historical images of the county’s women dating from 1840 to the Millennium, along with their stories of work, life and love.

But Val still needs more pictures and stories to complete the book and is appealing for Nottinghamshire families to submit any interesting photographs found lurking in loft spaces, at the back of cupboards and in photo albums.

Val said: “We would like the book to portray women of the city and wider county in all sorts of different settings and we know that there are many images hidden away which are worthy of inclusion.

“So we are asking people to check out their personal photo collections for great pictures of women from this period who might have noteworthy stories.

“We are particularly interested in leisure activities, as well as depictions of women at work and at home.

“Nottinghamshire women have a reputation for financial and social independence that reaches back hundreds of years.

“Employers like Raleigh, Players as well as Nottingham’s lace industry allowed women to be both socially and financially independent at a time when it wasn’t the norm.”

Any photographs that make the final edit will be fully credited in the book and their owners will be invited to meet fellow contributors at the book’s Nottingham launch and exhibition.

Please submit photographs by July 31 to http://womenofnottingham.co.uk