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The Derbyshire Archaeological Society was founded in 1878 to encourage interest in the County’s history and archaeology.

We run a regular programme of talks and visits and a number of lectures at Derby University on topics of local and national interest

In addition to publishing the annual Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, we also produce ‘Miscellany’, which focuses on local history and a Newsletter.

The programme of events is organised by the four sections of the Society who have a special interest in Archaeology, Local History, Architecture and Industrial Archaeology. When the opportunity arises, field work is organised by the Archaeological Research Group. The overall administration of the Society is run by its Council.

Full details of all our events, publications and contacts can be found via the menu together with membership information. The Stop Press page will notify readers of any (mercifully rare) changes to our programme and information on any relevant local or national events that may be of interest to you.

Our talks and lectures are open and free of charge to members and to the general public and we would hope that this would encourage future membership.

Scroll down to see current events.

Full details in EVENTS page. See STOP PRESS.


IDAS  Fri  13-Jan  The Barbara Hutton and Michael Mallender Memorial Lecture:  From Cathedral Workshops to Country House Building Sites: how did stonemasons cope in the Early-Modern period? By Dr Jennifer S Alexander, F.S.A. University of Warwick. At 7.30pm in Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby.


IA  20-Jan  The Restoration of a London Tramcar by Laura Water (Curator at the Crich Tramway Village)


ARG  27-Jan  Lenton Priory by Gareth Davies


LHS  10-Feb  Wonderful Things – Discovering Derbyshire through the unique photographic archive of W.W. Winter by Jane Middleton-Smith


LHS  17-Feb  Swarkestone Bridge by Barbara Foster


IA  24-Feb  The Ordnance Survey in Derby or when Mat and Mel came to town by Rod  Pearson


DAS  3-Mar  Aspects of Archaeology and Anthropology by Dr. Trudi Buck at 7.30pm in Room OL1, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby.


LHS  10-Mar  Section AGM followed by The 1st Duke of Newcastle – his life in exile after defeat in battle (1644) by Chris Francis


ARG  17-Mar  Section AGM followed by a talk on Leicester Revisited by Chris Wardle


AS  24-Mar  Section AGM followed by Melbourne Hall and the Melbourne Estate by Philip Heath


IA  07-Apr  Section AGM followed by A Japanese Tour Miscellany, Some Far Eastern Industrial Archaeology by Ian Mitchell