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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 February : ‘Derbyshire in the Civil War’

Speaker : Brian Stone

Derbyshire was of crucial strategic importance during the Civil War. This talk will examine its role and the stirring events of the period through the eyes of the notorious Parliamentary Commander, Sir John Gell of Hopton.


FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at 7.30pm on Friday 2 March Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby

Pottery Production in Anglo-Scandinavian Torksey(Lincs)

Lecturer : Dr Gareth Perry, University of Sheffield

England in the 9th century witnessed a revolution in pottery production. For the first time since the Roman period, pottery was wheel-thrown and produced on a near industrial scale. Previous research into this ceramic revolution has focused on chronology and, in particular, whether the technology was introduced before Scandinavian settlement. Yet little attention has been paid to technological choices made by the potters or how these choices were influenced by wider societal changes. The presentation will show how a range of analytical techniques has now revealed the production sequence followed by potters working at one of the new industries — Torksey (Lincolnshire). The work has given insights into raw material choices, processing procedures, vessel forming practices and firing regimes and has challenged long-standing assumptions about manufacturing practice and the spread of the potters’ wheel. Opening a window into the mind of the potter, the presentation will offer a greater understanding of the mechanisms that facilitated the diffusion and ultimate success of this new technology.

Gareth Perry originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer and as a physics teacher. He arrived at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, in 2007 when he enrolled on the Material Culture Studies MA. Here he completed his PhD and progressed to his current role as head of the Archaeomaterials Laboratory.


9th March : Section AGM followed by a talk ‘Heath End pottery kiln’

Speaker : David Budge of Mercian Archaeology

David will talk about the excavation of Joseph Tetley’s 18th century pottery kiln discovered at Ley’s Farm, Heath End, Ashby de la Zouch, the finds and the connection with the Ticknall pottery industry.


Friday, 16 March 2018 : 'Lutyens and the Great War'

Speaker : Tim Skelton

Widely celebrated as one of Britain’s finest architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens is mainly known through the wonderful collection of Arts and Crafts houses that he designed, often in collaboration with the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Less well appreciated (apart from the Cenotaph and the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval) is the wider part that he played in the way that those who died in the First World War 1 are commemorated - being involved with over fifty memorials in England and 130 cemeteries on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France and Belgium.


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 : 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.


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