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Megan Doole

History, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Reconstructing Wollaton Hall: From Elizabethan Showcase to 21st century museum.

DTP Partner: Nottingham Museums and Galleries, Andy King, Registrar.   Examination of the post-1650 history of Wollaton Hall, Park, wider estate, owners and assocates, with investigation of the site’s relationship with the nearby county town of Nottingham and environs. Main source of evidence: Middleton Collection at MSSC, UoN, also archaeological data.

Research Area

  • History


  • 2018 Animal History Group Conference, KCL: The "oat-powered engine" and its urban infrastructure 1820-1920

Public Engagement & Impact

  • 2017 Talk given to Retford Civic Society: Retford Town Hall building history

  • 2017 Talk given to IHBC NW Branch (Manchester): Horse transport & the urban built environment 1820-1920

Other Research Interests

  • Worksop Manor Lodge (c1595) and other buildings connected to the Earls of Shrewsbury in North Nottinghamshire & South Yorkshire.

  • The history of Shireoaks Hall (c1615), Nottinghamshire, in particular, Sir Thomas Hewett (1656-1726), Surveyor-General of the Royal Works and gentleman-architect.

  • 19th-century horse transport buildings in urban areas, case study of Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

  • Reftord Town Hall (1867) building history.


Royal Historical Society PG member, SAHGB, Georgian Group, Ancient Monuments Society, The Thoroton Society, Nottinghamshire Local History Society, Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Brief Bio

I am a building and historic site historian who concentrates on 'people and place'. MSt Building History (University of Cambridge), MA Heritage Education (Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln). I previously worked for the National Trust for 11 years.