Staff and students to unveil Mansfield Quakers heritage trail

April 24th, 2015

Staff and students from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies have contributed to an audio trail about the Mansfield Quakers, to be unveiled on Saturday 25 April.

The Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield is the birthplace of the Quaker religion and the Old Quaker Meeting House and burial ground once stood on the site of the town’s new bus station.

Nottinghamshire County Council have installed a memorial plaque to the Mansfield Quakers in the bus station and also provided the opportunity for second-year Theology and Religious Studies students to contribute to the creation of an audio trail and accompanying leaflet about the local history of the movement.

The plaque will be unveiled and heritage trail launched at a ceremony on Saturday 25 April from 5.30-6pm at Mansfield Bus Station.

The project has been supported by the Mansfield Local Studies Library, Ralph Holt (a local historian with knowledge of the subject), the Mansfield Quakers themselves – who still meet within the town and are now known as the Religious Society of Friends – as well as the Nottingham University Community Partnerships team, who have hosted meetings and recording sessions, and an introductory talk on the movement by The University of Nottingham’s Associate Professor in the History of Modern Christianity, Dr Frances Knight.

Visit the Department of Theology and Religious Studies website for a closer look at the project.

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