Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the Discover King John’s Palace People’s Millions Big Lottery Bid!!!
Guess what… they won! This means the project was chosen by people, for what they want to do! Nice one!


Andy Gaunt of Mercian Archaeological Services CIC was interviewed at King Johns Palace and the nearby Parliament Oak and you can even watch Sherwood Forest and King John’s Palace on 4OD just in case you missed it before…


Hopefully the program will wetted appetite for Mercian’s …  ‘Discover King John’s Palace‘ project that has been short listed for the Big Lottery Fund People’s Millions funding programme.

But they need your vote to help secure the money!
The decision on whether the project receives funding or not is made by you, with the money awarded based on the results of a public vote taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 26th November.

Details of the project, lead by the Sherwood Forest Trust, the charity for Sherwood Forest, can be found on the People’s Millions website:


Voting is from 9am Wednesday 26th November, until midnight and voting is by phone.

Landline: 09015 228213
Mobile: 6228213

Calls cost 15p from landlines or mobiles.

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The Sherwood Forest Trust, explains

“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.”

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

You have ONE day to make a difference

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