Famous paintings available to the world thanks to website

PRIZED PAINTING -- librarian Margaret Sendall with the Newstead Abbey work

PRIZED PAINTING -- librarian Margaret Sendall with the Newstead Abbey work

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EYECATCHING oil paintings on the walls of Hucknall Library can now be viewed by anyone in the world — thanks to a new online directory.

The works are by Elias Lacey and feature Bestwood Colliery from 1926, Newstead Abbey from 1937 and Old Sandy Lane Mill in Hucknall, otherwise known as ‘Club Mill’, from 1943.

Copyright Nottinghamshire County Library Service / Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Copyright Nottinghamshire County Library Service / Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Now they can be found as part of a vast national ‘Your Paintings’ catalogue of publicly-owned artworks in the UK at http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/. The ones in the Market Place library are owned by Notts County Council.

The catalogue so far has 63,000 paintings and is being put together by the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC, which aired a TV programme about the venture on BBC1 last month.

Coun John Cottee (Con), the county council’s lead member for culture and community, said: “Many of the paintings owned by the council are of local historical importance and are on display in our buildings for the benefit of residents.

“We do have a number of paintings which we are unable to display due to a lack of space but are availavle to view at our archives office on request.

“This online catalogue will help raise the profile of these works of art and will allow a wider audience to enjoy their beauty in comfort of their homes, whether they live in Nottinghamshire or overseas.”

The council’s archives service holds records and items for the county, the city of Nottingham, the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, and other local bodies, families and individuals.

OUR PHOTOS show the painting of Bestwood Colliery and TOP, librarian Margaret Sendall with the Newstead Abbey work — DISPIC NHUD11-1705-1.