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Windows opening on Newark’s past

Posted onPosted on 1st Jul

A new project hopes to make it even easier for people to see the heritage of Newark’s buildings as shops are being asked to display old photographs showing scenes from decades past in their windows.

The Windows to the Past initiative has been set up by The Acorns Project, a group whose aim is to help culture grow in the area thanks to support from Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund and Newark and Sherwood District Council. They’re now on the lookout for retailers and hospitality owners who want to show off the heritage of their place of work by taking part in the scheme.

Carys Coulton-Jones, part of The Acorns Project Team and Business Manager at the National Civil War Centre – Newark Museum, said: “We should all be so proud of the amazing history that emanates from the place we live. There is such a unique blend of architecture throughout the town and this project is a way to celebrate that and see fascinating parts of the journey that our favourite haunts have been on.

“Our Newark Museum archives are a treasure trove of wonderful little insights into times gone by and together with support from local business owners, many of whom are independents and hugely passionate about the area, I think we can give the town centre experience an exciting extra dynamic this summer.”

Any business owners who’d like to get involved and volunteer some window space for the project should email with their name and place of work. The team are also happy to be contacted with any research or images that business owners have uncovered themselves.