Discover King Johns Palace (The Sherwood Forest Trust)

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Our exciting community project will engage and excite people about the importance of King Johns Palace in Kings Clipstone, Mansfield. King Johns Palace is a Grade II Listed building that was used by many of the Kings of England and played an important role in developing connections with other important people in Europe and around the world.

Despite Sherwood Forest being known by almost anyone around the planet, little has been developed in telling the real story of this great heritage forest. Our project will run from January to December 2015 and will start to redress this by:

  • taking schools groups to the site,
  • providing interpretation boards,
  • holding a series of ‘Time Team’ archaeological digs for adults and children,
  • having a range of community events during the year.

We see this opportunity as the start of creating a resource for local people and longer term for visitors to Sherwood Forest, so it can add to the economy of an area that has suffered due to the loss of jobs over the last couple of decades. It will also provide a positive focus for people to be proud of where they live, and be more connected to a common heritage.

Our small charity, The Sherwood Forest Trust, celebrates its 20th anniversary during 2015 and we have worked at King Johns Palace to stabilise the ruins and protect the site for future generations, we have worked with Mickie and Martin Bradley (the passionate owners of the site), English Heritage, Notts County Council and other archaeologists to find out more about the story and importance of the Palace site. Through this work we now know that the story will inspire others, and what better way to crown our anniversary than to bring children and adults to the site, and inspire future generations.

Please vote for our project and we hope that you will want to ‘Discover King John’s Palace’ too.

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Posted by ken_white on 26 Nov 2014
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Posted by OldBones on 19 Nov 2014
A little taster on Channel 4, 8pm, 22 Nov - "Walking Through History". Tony Robinson will be discussing the intriguing ruins of King John's Palace and Sherwood Forest History with Andy Gaunt of Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.
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Posted by richard_jd_smith on 28 Oct 2014
A project that 250 characters will never be enough - the most worth cause not just for this region but nationally and internationally. I support this bid fully.
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Discover King Johns Palace

5 & 6 Church Farm Business Centre
Mansfield Road
NG21 9NJ


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