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2019-2020 WINTER PROGRAMME

Scroll down below to see details of our events - all start at 7.30pm unless otherwise noted.

Our regular venues are: Lecture Theatre OL1, University of Derby, Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB

St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby DE1 3AX



27 September – Society lecture at the University of Derby

A JOURNEY THROUGH HADDON HALL

Margie Burnet, archivist and exhibition curator at Haddon.

Haddon Hall is Derbyshire’s finest medieval house. The Hall at the core of the building was erected c1370 and was enlarged in Henry VIII’s reign, with the addition of a dining room, an impressive long gallery, a 50 ft. tower and a range of service buildings. It was for centuries the home of the Vernon and Manners families but ceased to be lived in during the eighteenth century.

The speaker will briefly relate the history of the Vernons and the Manners but will concentrate on John, 9th Duke of Rutland who set about a thorough renovation, which became his life’s task. He had been present at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb and he adopted an archaeological approach to his work, measuring and recording and taking many photographs. The speaker will guide us through the Hall, room by room, as his renovations are explained, using the Duke’s photographs and extracts from his three large notebooks.


4 October – special event at Church Broughton Parish Church DE65 5BB

THE CHURCH BROUGHTON BASSOON

Eric Moulder

During a DAS visit to Church Broughton church in May 2013 a bassoon, dating from a time when church bands led congregational singing during services, was on show in a case. Subsequently, the DAS made a grant from the Pilling Bequest to assist in its conservation and the work is now completed. Eric Moulder, who conserved the instrument, will be giving a talk on the bassoon, its history, its conservation and other musical instruments which would have been played in churches at the time. Entry is free and wine and soft drinks will be available for a donation to church funds.


11 October - Industrial Archaeology Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

DERBY FLOOD DEFENCES: 18th-20th CENTURY ARCHAEOLOGY

Philippa Puzey-Broomhead (Trent & Peak Archaeology)

The construction of improved flood defences along the River Derwent through Derby has given a unique opportunity to investigate the archaeology of all periods from the Romans to the recent past. The banks of the river as it runs through Derby were once lined with a variety of industries, but the famous Silk Mill is the only survivor. In this talk, we will hear what has been learned about activity along the river in the industrial era from one of archaeologists involved.


18 October – Archaeological Research Group at St Mary’s Church Hall

LIFTING THE LID ON LIDAR

Ian Ross

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a technology which uses laser light to create a 3D representation of the earth’s surface. Ian will explain the technique and show how Ice Age Journeys have used it to examine the landscape of the last Ice Age.


25 October – Society lecture at the University of Derby

ROMAN YORK: NEW LIGHT ON AN ANCIENT CITY

Dr Patrick Ottaway

York (Eburacum), world renowned site of a Roman legionary fortress and town, became a provincial capital in the early third century, making York one of the most important Roman centres in Britain. The lecture will outline its history, looking at aspects of the fortress, headquarters and baths. The speaker will draw on a recent publication on excavations south-west of the River Ouse, looking at the buildings and the environmental material, well preserved in waterlogged ground. Finally, the speaker will talk about a selection of the more important artefacts, not previously seen in public, brought to light in a recent overview of the Roman collections held by the York Museums Trust.

Patrick Ottaway M.A., D. Phil., FSA, has been a professional archaeologist for 40 years, first at Winchester Museum Service then at York Archaeological Trust to oversee a range of projects. In 2006 he set up PJO Archaeology, a York-based archaeological consultancy. His many publications include Roman York (2004), Archaeology in the Environs of Roman York, Excavations in York 1976 - 2005 (2011) and Roman Yorkshire: People, Culture, Landscape (2013). He has tutored in archaeology for Leeds, York and Hull Universities. In 2017-18 he advised the Yorkshire Museum on its Roman collections as part of an Arts Council project, ‘Old Collections - New Questions’


1 November –  Local History Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

850 YEARS AN INTRODUCTION TO REPTON SCHOOL AND THE AUGUSTINIAN PRIORY

Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens, the archivist and Librarian at Repton School, will provide an introduction to the fascinating story of both the school and the Augustinian Priory that preceded it. Using many rare photographs, he will explore the importance of the site and some of the many colourful characters who inhabited it.


8 November –  Local History Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

“I FOUND ALSO GOOD BOOKSELLERS’ SHOPS”. SHOPPING IN DERBY c1700-2020

Dr Ian Mitchell

The speaker will survey retailing in Derby from Celia Fiennes, being deeply unimpressed in c1698, through to Sir Richard Phillips “I had never seen better shops in a country town” (1820s) and to Intu, taking in markets and the southward drift of the city’s shopping area en route.


15 November –  Architectural Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

ALDERMAN RICHARD LEAPER, AMATEUR ARCHITECT

Maxwell Craven MBE

Alderman Leaper (1759-1838) was a banker and financier in Derby, who became Mayor of the town several times. In addition, he was a talented architect who was responsible for various buildings in the district. A DAS member for many years, Maxwell Craven is a well-known local historian, writer and lecturer, specialising in architecture and genealogy.


22 November - Industrial Archaeology Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

RAILWAYS AND THE TIMBER INDUSTRY

Dr Philip Riden

Between 1840 and the First World War the railways transformed almost every aspect of the British economy, not least by greatly increasing the demand for a number of raw materials. This talk looks at the railways' impact on the timber trade and the timber preservation industry.


6 December - social evening and talk at Chester Green Community Centre

HOW THE TUDORS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS

Maureen Taylor, M.A.

The speaker will appear in the dress of a notable Tudor Queen and will explain and demonstrate ways in which the Court of Henry VIII celebrated Christmas. Members are kindly asked to bring or contribute to refreshments as usual and also to bring photos of the visit to Torquay to show on screen.

Note this is a new venue in Old Chester Road, Derby DE1 3SA.


2020


10 January  – Society lecture at the University of Derby

THE COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Ken Smith

This talk will consider the development of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) from its origins in the closing years of the Second World War amid concerns about the conservation of the country's heritage in the face of war-time destruction and re-development, through its various subsequent manifestations, projects and achievements to date, to its current considerations on how to make it fit for the 21st century - sustainable, inclusive and responsive to membership and community ambitions and aspirations.'

Ken Smith graduated from Sheffield University with a BA (Hons) Prehistory and Archaeology. He spent seven years directing excavations for the Central Excavation Unit of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments (Dept. of Environment) before becoming Derbyshire's first Sites and Monuments (SMR) Officer 1982-87 (shared between DCC and Peak Park Joint Planning Board (PPJPB). He moved full-time to PPJPB in 1987 as Archaeologist and finished in 2017, as Cultural Heritage Manager. He is currently Trustee and Chair of Trustees for the Council for British Archaeology, a specialist volunteer for the National Trust, a Member of the Peak District National Park Authority, and engaging in occasional research projects e.g. the 'value' of drystone walls, using the Peak District as a case study. He was a member of Council of the DAS for over 30 years and is now an honorary Vice-president of the Society.'


17 January –  Architectural Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

RUFFORD ABBEY, A VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN HOUSE

Peter Smith

Rufford Abbey near Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire was a Cistercian House that was converted into a country house after the dissolution. After various vicissitudes, including partial demolition by Nottinghamshire Council in 1956, it is now jointly administered by English Heritage. This talk concentrates on the house in the 19th and 20th centuries. Peter Smith will be remembered for his recent talk on Barlborough Hall which was followed by a Section visit.


24 January 24  - Industrial Archaeology Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

FRIAR GATE BRIDGE, DERBY

Peter Moseley

Friar Gate bridge in Derby is an iconic City landmark. It was engineered and constructed by Andrew Handyside as part of the Great Northern Railway route to Burton on Trent from Nottingham and was in use from 1875-1968. Peter Moseley, a member of the Friends of Friar Gate Bridge, will describe the bridge’s construction and years in use as well as the constant and ongoing efforts to preserve it.


7 February – Archaeological Research Group at St Mary’s Church Hall

ABOUT MAM TOR AFTER THE HILLFORT

Graeme Guilbert

The intention is to explain something of the development of the landscape over and around Mam Tor. Although heavily visited, it has been surprisingly little recorded, and so little understood, in historical and archaeological terms. A series of observations in the field, coupled with examination of archived maps and published literature, have contributed to a growing appreciation of what remains, and deserves to be preserved, on the ground, albeit there are inevitably as many questions as answers.


21 February –  Local History Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

KILPECK CHURCH IN CONTEXT: A WINDOW ON MEDIEVAL MENTALITÉ?

Dr John Hunt

The Parish Church of St Michael and St David at Kilpeck, Herefordshire, was described by Pevsner as “one of the most perfect Norman village churches in England”. In the twelfth century it lay within a developing seigneurial landscape, and the Archenfield, the district within which Kilpeck lay, had only recently been assimilated. Associated with the patronage of Hugh de Kilpeck, a minor baron, the church was completed by 1140. A celebrated example of the “Herefordshire School of Sculpture”, this lecture will discuss the Church within the context of a distinctive regional school of Romanesque sculpture and its relationship to the culture of lordship.


28 February – Archaeological Research Group at St Mary’s Church Hall

CRICH POTTERY 1690 - 1890

Adrian Henstock, FRHistS

Salt glazed brown stoneware originated in Germany but in c.1690 Nottingham and Crich became two of the earliest manufacturing centres in England famed for their high quality wares. The talk looks at local potteries, manufacturing methods and their products - including novelties such as puzzle jugs. Some examples will be available for inspection.


6 March  – Society lecture at the University of Derby

ANGLO-SAXON CARVED STONES IN DERBYSHIRE AND ANCIENT LAND UNITS

Dr Philip Sidebottom

The thirteenth volume of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture records all known pre-Conquest carved stones in the counties of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The array of different styles and ornamentation provides a rich corpus of this material, rarely rivalled elsewhere in England. But what was their purpose; were they simply memorials, or did they mark territorial identities which have now long since gone? The speaker will suggest answers to these and other questions which have long puzzled historians.

Dr Phil Sidebottom is the co-author of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, Vol. 13, along with Professor Jane Hawkes of York. He gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield, following his research interests in Anglo-Saxon sculpture and was a lecturer in archaeology until retiring in 2010. He is now a freelance archaeological consultant.


13 March – Archaeological Research Group at St Mary’s Church Hall

Section AGM followed by a talk entitled

KING ALFRED THE GREAT AND HIS RESPONSE TO THE GREAT HEATHEN ARMY

John Arnold

When Alfred was born there were still four Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms but by the time of his death only Wessex survived with its own Anglo-Saxon royal household. This talk will examine why Wessex under Alfred was able to survive against Viking incursions whereas other states failed.


20 March –  Local History Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

Section AGM followed by a talk entitled

POACHING IN THE 19TH CENTURY EAST MIDLANDS

Dr Rosemary Muge

Poaching was endemic in 19th century East Midlands, at a level which equalled or exceeded that in the great poaching counties of the south and east. Night poaching was of great concern to the landed gentry and poaching affrays were common. Details of activities in Derbyshire in particular will be given.


27 March –  Architectural Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

Section AGM followed by a talk entitled

THE SURVIVAL OF CHURCH ARCHITECTURE

Professor Janet Spencer

At present, our cathedrals and churches have never been better cared for. The Speaker will take us back to earlier times to ask questions about how attitudes to our medieval heritage have changed over the centuries. Why was it that by 1800 many great buildings such as St Alban’s Abbey and Rochester and Hereford cathedrals were on the point of collapse and many small parish churches falling into ruin? Some restoration was carried out in the 1700s, but what inspired architect James Wyatt (1746-1813) in his reparations at Lichfield and Canterbury to sweep away much decorative work and demolish chantry chapels as ‘excrescences’? How did change happen and what was the context for the great revival movement of the 19th century, leading to much rebuilding and restoration, not all of it the most sensitive kind? At Melbourne, shortage of funds constrained George Gilbert Scott to do only what was necessary, unlike his work at St Alban’s Abbey which stood ‘transformed as a complete specimen of 19th century work’. To end on a positive note, the survival of church architecture today looks brighter.


3 April - Industrial Archaeology Section at St Mary’s Church Hall

Section AGM followed by a talk entitled

THE DERBY - SANDIACRE CANAL : PAST AND FUTURE

Chris Madge

The Derby Canal was engineered by Benjamin Outram and opened in stages between 1795-7. It was closed in 1946 and lay part derelict until the setting up of a Trust. The speaker, from the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society, will recount the canal’s history until its closure and progress towards its full restoration including their endeavour to reconnect the Erewash canal to Derby and the river Trent.


1 May -  society event at St Mary’s Church Hall

DAS Annual General Meeting followed by a talk entitled

TRACING DERBYSHIRE’S MONASTIC GRANGES IN THE LANDSCAPE

Mary Wiltshire and Sue Woore

The speakers are well known for their landscape studies of the Duffield Frith and the Medieval Parks of Derbyshire. Their latest research on Derbyshire’s Monastic Granges, recently published, is the cumulation of many hours of field walking, together with a study of maps and documentary sources.




10/09/19