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

All talks are at St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby  DE1 3AX at 7:30 pm unless advised otherwise.
Please contact relevant section Secretary for further trip details.


AS Sat. 13 May: Visit to Pugin churches at Cheadle and Alton: 10.45am.

Leader: Pugin historian: Fr. Michael Fisher.

‘Pugin-land’ was the late Professor Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s description of the Staffordshire town of Cheadle and surrounding area, on account of the number and richness of buildings designed by the architect A.W.N. Pugin for his principal patron, John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, who lived at nearby Alton Towers. The

Shrewsbury patronage ensured that these buildings reveal Pugin at his very best in terms of their architecture and furnishings. We will begin with a guided tour of St Giles’ church, Cheadle, with its 200ft spire. This will be followed by a pre-booked lunch at the Blacksmith’s Arms, Alton, before going on to view St John’s church and the adjacent Alton Castle. (St Giles = ST10 1ED, Lunch = ST10 4AZ; St. John’s =ST10  4AJ)

TICKETS: numbers limited to 40.

Cost: £6. Ploughman's lunch at Blacksmith's Arms, Alton: £7.50 (book with tour).

Meet: 10.45am at the west end of St Giles’ church, Cheadle.


ARG Wednesday 24th May – Kedleston Church.  OS: SK312402

A chance to visit All Saint’s Church, a redundant Anglican church adjacent to Kedleston Hall.  The south doorway is Norman but the greater part of the church dates from the rebuilding in the 13th century with some restyling work in the 19th century.   There are many monuments and memorials to the Curzon family dating from the 13th to 20th centuries.  The most impressive is the white marble tomb of Mary Curzon.   Meet at Village Lodge Gate at 7 pm – if coming from Derby on the Kedleston road pass the main North Lodge gates, then take the next turning on the left, over a bridge and you are at Village Lodge gate.  Cost £3: payable on the day.


LHS Thursday 1st June 11am  Middleton Hall, N.Warwickshire. B78 2AE  

Map Reference: SP 193981. Middleton Hall is south of Tamworth on the A 4091 midway between Drayton Manor Theme Park and The Belfry Golf Course

A guided tour of The Hall, once the home of the Willoughby family and in the 17th century the naturalist, John Ray.  There is a 16th century timber framed jettied building and a late 18th century wing.  Since 1980 The Hall has been restored and run by volunteers.  After the tour lunch can be bought at the courtyard café (or you might prefer to bring your own packed lunch) and then you can explore the courtyard shops and the walled gardens.

The visit will cost £10.50 each Cheques made payable to DAS LH Section.

IAS Tuesday June 6th 2.0 pm. Taylor's Bell Foundry Loughborough.

Sat Nav = LE11 1AR

Soon to be the only Bell Foundry in the UK, the present building was built in the 1850's  for the business established in the Middle Ages. The production of bells is still carried out in the traditional manner in pits dug in the floor and all machining, rope manufacture and suspension work is still done in house. A museum is included in the tour for which STOUT AND FULLY ENCLOSED SHOES are obligatory in view of the workshop conditions and processes.

Limited numbers are available, the trip costs £10 per person and detailed street maps and instructions are available.

IAS Wednesday 14th. June 7.0 pm.

Rolls Royce Test and Manufacture Facility at Hucknall Notts

The airfield at Hucknall opened in the first World War by the RAF. Rolls Royce moved in sharing the airfield in 1934 setting up an engine test flying and experimental facility. Test flying finished in 1971 and the experimental and production work have slowly declined. The airfield now faces a rising tide of housing and we shall see the remains of the RAF occupation and the Rolls Royce Test Hangers together with an exhibition of engines and equipment assembled by the Rolls Royce Heritage group.

(Sat Nav=NG15 6EJ).  Limited numbers, a free evening with a collection for a charity


IAS Sunday 18 June: IA Coach Trip – Hull

This year the IA section coach trip will visit Hull – this year’s city of culture. The main part of the day will be spent at three adjacent museums in the Old Town area by the River Hull:


Hull and East Riding Museum – prehistoric to early modern history and archaeology

Streetlife Museum – all forms of transport

Wilberforce House – birthplace of the anti-slavery campaigner


As well as visiting any or all of the museums at your own pace, there will be a chance to join a group to visit the Arctic Corsair, the last ‘sidewinder’ deep sea fishing trawler, and we hope to have a familiar face to lead us on a walk around the old town and along the river.


Please note that there is no coach parking at the museums, so we will be dropped off and you won’t have access to anything you leave on the coach until we are picked up for the journey home. Also note there is no café at the museums –the ‘Sailmakers Arms’ pub which serves food is nearby but other facilities are about 10 minutes walk away in the city centre.


Booking is essential – £20 per person for the coach – free admission to the museums

Meet 9.00am Derby Bus Station, return by 7.00pm.

Note the trip is on a SUNDAY this year.

LHS Wednesday 21st June 7pm

Visit to St Michael’s Church, Kirk Langley DE6 4NG

A tour of the church by the church warden.  The chancel and the north aisle are early 14th century and there is a medieval tower screen probably once the chancel screen.  The west tower is perpendicular. There is a tomb of 1559 to Henry Pole and his wife, Dorothea.  Victorian restoration includes the windows of the south aisle.

Car parking on Church Lane by the church.

Donation of £5 towards church funds payable on the day.

IAS Thursday June 29 10.30 am. Crich Tramway Museum

We had a lecture From Laura Waters Curator at Crich in January Telling us about the restoration of a London Tramcar. We have the opportunity of seeing this tram in the workshop. We will enter the museum on group tickets which, after the trip to the workshop, give free rides on the trams as well as the opportunity to visit the other attractions such as the Glory Mine reconstruction and the newly discovered lead smelter site. The tea rooms and the Red Lion pub will be open!

Adults £10.50 Seniors £9.50.  Sat Nav = DE4 5DP.

AS Friday, 7 July: Visit to Mackworth church and short walk around the village: 6.30pm.

Guides: Professor Bryan Jones, Reader and churchwarden, and Betty Bond, churchwarden.

All Saints’ Church, Mackworth and Markeaton, is a Grade 1 listed building. The Domesday Book refers to a 'church in Markeaton' confirming that there was a place of Christian worship in the locality before 1086. The oldest part of the present building is the Chancel which dates from 1320. The tower was added with defence in mind. The main historic features are of alabaster and include the Touchet tomb of 1409, the Mundy tomb of 1609 and the carved Victorian alabaster by Robert Lomas of the Derby Marble Works, which is regarded by independent specialists to be the finest collection under one roof in the UK. A short walk round the village will follow. Car park.

TICKETS and MEMBERS ONLY: numbers limited to 20.

Cost: Donations. Note: it costs £500 a week to maintain the church.

DAS 14 - 18 July Society  Tour to North Yorks. Fully booked.

AS Saturday, 5 August: Visit to Melbourne church and Melbourne Hall: 12 noon

Guides: Church: Philip Heath. Hall: Melbourne Hall guide.

Melbourne church: Adjacent to the Hall, this is one of the finest Norman churches in the country. A 'cathedral in miniature' with a cruciform plan, massive Romanesque arches, carved capitals and a rare two-storey feature. 12thC connections to Henry I and Bishop of Carlisle.

Melbourne Hall has been a much loved ,and lived in ,family home since the early 17thC century. Once home to Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, who gave his name to the Australian city, it houses a fine collection of family portraits ,paintings and period furniture together with more modern works of art and numerous photographs.

 In the magnificent 18th century style garden are decorative pools, statuary, a yew tunnel and Bakewell's wrought iron arbour, 'The Birdcage'. This historic garden, with specimen trees and shrubs, is enhanced by new planting schemes making it a horticultural gem not to be missed. Tearooms: Church Square.

TICKETS and MEMBERS ONLY: numbers limited to 30. Note: you will be sent official tickets for Melbourne Hall so that you can enter the grounds at 1.30pm before our tour at 2.30pm. Do not forget to take them.

Cost: Church: Donations; Hall and gardens: £6.  Meet: Melbourne church: 12 noon. Melbourne gardens: open 1.30-5.30pm. Tour of the Hall: 2.30pm.

ARG Saturday 12th August – Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire.

A coach has been booked to leave Derby Full Street at 9 am.   There is plenty to do and see in the market town of Newark  including the newly opened (2015) National Civil War Centre, the Castle and gardens, St. Mary Magdalene medieval church, which is one of the largest and finest parish churches in the country,  the Town Hall which houses a museum and art gallery and there is also a river cruise on an Edwardian River cruiser.   The town  has  a fine Georgian square with many attractive buildings, shops, a market and plenty of places to eat.  We shall leave Newark at 5 pm.   The cost for the coach is £15.00 per person payable when booking.  Early booking is advised as places are limited to 49.


ARG Sunday 17th September -  Nottingham.

Nottingham was administered as two boroughs, the English and the French, until Georgian times.   We have arranged for a guided tour of the English Borough , the oldest part of the city which was the area of the original Saxon settlement that became Nottingham.  The walk , which takes in the Lacemarket area full of impressive architecture,  is about one and a half miles long and takes around two hours at a leisurely pace.   Please note the terrain is quite steep in places and there are some steps.

Meet at the Theatre Royal, Theatre Square, Nottingham. (NG1 5ND) at 11 a.m.  Cost £2: payable on the day.

Book early as numbers are limited to 24.


DAS Fri 29 Sep

Start of Winter Programme 2017-18 with University Lecture. Details TBA