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 THE PROGRAMME - Scroll down below to see details of our events.

All talks are on a Friday at St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby  DE1 3AX at 7:30 pm unless advised otherwise.


Friday 23rd March : ‘LHS AGM and Derbyshire Surnames’

Speaker : Dr Paul Cullen

This lecture will offer an introduction to the four basic categories of English surname (occupational names, relationship names, locative names and nicknames), using as examples surnames which are particularly characteristic of Derbyshire. The meanings will be discussed, including a few unsolved mysteries, and distribution maps will illustrate their geographical range.

Dr Paul Cullen has worked for The English Place-Name Society since 2001. For the last six years he has worked as a research fellow on The Family Names of the United Kingdom Project, the first four volumes were recently published as “The Oxford
Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland”.


April 6th. 2018 The Industrial Section AGM followed by ‘Saltaire’

Speaker : Rod Pearson

Rod will describe the efforts of mill owner Titus Salt to provide good quality planned housing and services forworkers in his mill, setting up one of the first planned
Industrial villages.


Friday, 13 April 2018 : Architectural Section AGM and 'Nottingham in Hanoverian Times, 1714 to 1837'

Speaker : Graham Clarke

At the start of this period Nottingham was described as the loveliest and neatest town in England outside London, with fine houses and gardens and just over 7,000 souls within the line of its ancient walls. At the end of the period there were 51,000 people living within the same area, 4,400 were on poor relief, and it was described as the worst slum in the Empire after Calcutta. The talk will look at the life of the town through this period of momentous change, and what remains from those times to be seen today.


27 Apr DAS AGM

St Mary's Church Hall.

Speaker : Chris Wardle will talk on Repton revisited.


Saturday 19 May 2018 - EMIAC 94 – Industrial Heritage Day.

Hosted by DAS in Long Eaton. Booking form in January newsletter (Booking form also in STOP PRESS or click HERE

It is the turn of DAS to host the twice-yearly East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference, and the theme will be coal fuelled electricity generation. In the 20th
Century, power stations along the River Trent were the backbone of the UK’s electricity supply. They ran with remarkable thermal efficiency 24 hours a day, burning locally mined coal, transported from the collieries in ‘merry-go-round’ trains that could be loaded and unloaded without stopping. Today, the local mines have all closed, and the few surviving power stations operate for a few hours a day to supply peak load in winter.

This conference will look at the history of electricity generation in the Trent Valley, with 5 speakers covering the subject from the first small scale local plants of the 1880s to the CEGB giants of the 1960s. In the afternoon there will be a walk through Long Eaton looking at the buildings of the town’s original electricity generating station and the lace factories that were its first consumers