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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.

WINTER PROGRAMME


5/3/17

LOCAL HISTORY SECTION

Friday 10th March 2017:  LHS AGM and The 1st Duke of Newcastle – his life in exile after defeat in battle (1644)

Lecturer Chris Francis

His formative years were spent at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire.  After the death of his father, he inherited the Cavendish estates including Bolsover Castle.  He joined the Royalist Army and at the outbreak of the Civil War was appointed Governor of Newcastle on Tyne.  Based at York he became Commander in Chief of the king’s northern forces.  Following defeat at the battle of Marston Moor he went into exile and joined Queen Henrietta’s court in Paris.  Later he moved to Rueben’s house in Antwerp and at the Restoration returned to England to regain his sequestered property.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH GROUP

17th March :  Section AGM followed by a talk by Chris Wardle ‘Leicester revisited’

Chris will speak on various archaeological sites he has been involved with  in  Leicestershire.

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ARCHITECTURAL SECTION

Friday, 24 March 2017: AGM and 'Melbourne Hall and the Melbourne Estate'

Lecturer: Philip Heath

The Melbourne Estate has a long and illustrious history, and has been in the hands of the present family since 1629. Lord Melbourne the prime minister spent part of his retirement there in the 1840s. The present house is mostly 17th and 18th century but follows the footprint of its mediaeval predecessor which was a Bishop's Palace. Its renowned gardens are little changed since first laid out in 1704-5, while the wider parkland includes a former Royal Hunting Park created for King John c1200 and the large mediaeval mill pool. As the estate grew, it consumed lesser but significant local estates including those of the Hardinges, Blackwalls and Rivetts. The extensive Melbourne archive gives plenty of scope to add a human perspective and put flesh on the bare bones of the story.

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INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SECTION

7 April 2017 : AGM and A Japanese Tour Miscellany, Some Far Eastern Industrial Archeaology by

Ian Mitchell

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