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 THE PROGRAMME - Scroll down below to see details of our events.
Many of the visits must be booked in advance. Please see details in text.




Wednesday 24th July 2pm Castleton

A tour of Castleton focusing on its early medieval settlement, its medieval hospital and the grand houses that were once homes to prestigious local families. Two archaeological sites being excavated by Sheffield University - the hospital of the Blessed Mary of the Peak and the site of the New Hall (built c 1500) will be open at the time of the visit. The sites are at different ends of the village so there will be a fair amount of walking some over uneven ground.

Meet 2pm outside the cafe at the visitors' centre in Castleton where there is a pay point for car park.

Numbers limited to 20.

Cost £5 payable in advance.


Saturday 27 July Tutbury Church

St. Mary's now stands as the parish church for Tutbury. It is situated above the town and below the castle. Elements of various architectural phases are to be found, but the central theme of this guided talk will be to search for evidence of the Norman Priory Church which was at the centre of a Benedictine monastic enclave. We will look at the castle from the outside and end the tour in the church at about 11.30am, when light refreshments are usually available. Members then have the option of visiting Tutbury Castle, as an addition to the organised tour.

Advance booking required. Numbers limited to 30. Cost: £5 (donation to St. Mary's church fund); castle admission fee: £4.50, plus £1 car parking charge (2018 prices). Meet: 10:00 am at the Public car park (currently free) at junction of Duke Street and Monk Street.


Tuesday 6 August: Chesterfield Canal Boat Trip

Steady progress is being made with restoration of the Derbyshire section of Chesterfield Canal, with a new lock and basin recently opened in Staveley, and a visitor centre and cafe known as the Hollingwood Hub.

We have hired the narrow boat Madeline to make two return trips between Hollingwood and Staveley with capacity for 12 people on each trip. There will be a morning trip starting from Hollingwood Hub at 10.30am, and an afternoon trip at 1.00pm. At 12.30pm (i.e. between the two trips) there will be a short talk about the restoration achievements and plans. The cafe at Hollingwood Hub is open from 9.30am to 4.00pm, and tea and coffee are available on the boat.

Hollingwood is north of the A619 between Junction 30 on the Ml and Chesterfield. Turn off the A619 along Troughbrook Road (brown signs to Barrow Hill). The car park for Hollingwood Hub is on Station Road, just before you get to the canal - Satnav S43 2PF. Number 90 bus passes the site.

Bookings to Alistair Gilchrist, Sunnyside, Mill Lane, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9FQ Cheques payable to DAS Industrial Archaeology Section.

Cost of the boat trip is £10 per person.


Wednesday 14th August 9am Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire

Visit by coach to Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire

A coach has been booked to leave Derby bus station at 9am. Hartlebury Castle was originally built in the 13th century as a fortified manor house for the bishops of Worcester. In the Civil War much of the medieval structure was destroyed, what survives is within the later 17th and 18th century building. On arrival we will be given a guided tour of the Castle State Rooms, the Chapel, the Prince's bedroom and the internationally renowned Hurd Library. After this you can have lunch - there is a small cafe on the site or you can bring your own packed lunch. You can visit other rooms in the castle, the Worcestershire County Museum and the gardens. We will leave Hartlebury at about 4.30pm and should be back in Derby at approximately 6.30pm depending on the traffic.

Cost for coach and tour of the castle £24.50 payable in advance Assume acceptance for all these visits unless notified otherwise.


24th August - Day Conference at Little Eaton, Derbyshire

The venue is Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton (DE21 5EA). Our hosts are Little Eaton Local History Society. In the morning there will be talks on Roman settlement in the Lower Derwent Valley, the Duffield Frith (Mary Wiltshire) and Little Chester Manor Court Rolls (Joan D'Arcy). After lunch the focus will be on Little Eaton and its industrial heritage followed by a guided walk around the village. There will also be an exhibition on Little Eaton's history. The fee for the day (10:00 am to 4:30 pm) is £5, inc. coffee, payable when booking.

A sandwich lunch can be provided at the Hall for £6/£7 per person. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to order this.


7th September-Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

A coach has been arranged to leave Derby Bus Station at 9a.m. We will meet with our guide for the day, James Wright, who will show us around the Great Tower built by Lord Ralph Cromwell, Treasurer of England, the adjacent collegiate church, grammar school, Bede houses and market cross all dating to 15th century. It is a National Trust property, so entrance fees apply. A picnic lunch is suggested although light refreshments are served in the Guard room. Return at 5p.m. The cost for the coach and guide is £20: per person, payable on booking.

Early booking advised as places limited to 30.