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

Talks are on a Friday at St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby  DE1 3AX at 7:30 pm unless advised otherwise. Booking required for many of the Summer events - see Summer Programme Notes.  


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 : Architectural Section 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.


27 Apr DAS AGM

St Mary's Church Hall.

Speaker : Chris Wardle will talk on Repton revisited.


Fieldwalking (Archaeological Research Group)

An opportunity for fieldwalking may arise shortly in the Radbourne area so we are revising the list of members who would like to be involved in this activity. If you wish to put you name on the list could you indicate this on the form below. When we have the revised list we will organise a training session. If you know of or can arrange for any fields to be walked please let us know.

Saturday, 12 May: Visit to Barlborough Hall: 2pm (Architectural Section)

Leader: Pete Smith

Barlborough Hall was built 1583/4 for Francis Rodes a Justice of the Common Pleas and a close associate of the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. Mark Girouard suggested in the 1960s that the house was probably designed by Robert Smythson, though in recent years he has expressed doubts about this attribution. The house was altered and new gardens laid out for Sir John Rodes 4th Bt. between 1696 and 1714. After minor alterations in the late 18th century the house was more radically altered by Lindley, Woodhead & Hurst in 1825 for Cornelius Heathcote Rodes. The house has been little altered in the subsequent 200 years. It has been the home to Barlborough Hall School since 1938.

TICKETS: Booking required. Numbers limited to 40. Cost: £4 Meet: In the car park.

Monday 14th May 2pm  Tibshelf (Local History Section)

A walk round  Tibshelf with The Tibshelf Local History and Civic Society.  The walk will include the church of St John the Baptist, thatched cottages, Ashmore Farmhouse and buildings, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, and the location of the railway and station.

Meet at Ashmore Farmhouse, Entering Tibshelf from Alfreton – at the junction turn onto the High Street.  After about a quarter of a mile a new co-op is on the left, a few yards after this on the right is Ashmore Farm with two white pillars and gate. Turn in here to park.

The visit will cost £5 payable in advance.


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


Saturday 2nd June – Society Book Sale and Finds Handling Event (Archaeological Research Group)

There will be a sale of the Society’s surplus books at Chester Green Community Centre, City Road, Derby DE1 3RQ – 2pm to 4pm. Many bargains to be had!  

The Society’s Finds Collection will also be on view, with an opportunity to handle Roman and Medieval pottery and learn how to identify it. Bring along your own finds for identification. Refreshments available.


Saturday, 9 June: Visit to All Saints church, Bradbourne: 2pm (Architectural Section)

Leader: John Morrissey

All Saints church, Bradbourne, has Saxon origins, a Norman tower and a notable Anglo-Saxon cross. In the later mediaeval period the parish became part of a substantial landholding in Derbyshire belonging to Dunstable Priory, some of whose canons served the church. A brief history will be given over tea and biscuits in the parish rooms. This will be followed by a tour of the exterior and interior of this impressive church.

No limit on numbers.  Cost: £3 (voluntary donation to All Saints church fund), Pay on the day.  Meet: Bradbourne Village Hall car park (DE6 1PA) across the road from the parish church.


Sunday 17 June: IA Coach Trip – Ironbridge (Industrial Archaeology Section)

This year the IA section coach trip will visit Ironbridge in Shropshire, the World Heritage Site that describes itself as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution”.

The main part of the day will be spent at the Blists Hill Open Air Museum, where a wide variety of houses, shops and industrial buildings from across the West Midlands have been re-erected to make up a Victorian Town. There is lots to see and do, and a number of refreshment opportunities, including a traditional fish and chip shop and a pub.

In the afternoon we will visit one of the smaller sites managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust - a clay tobacco pipe factory that has been preserved exactly as it was left when it closed in 1957  - we will have a guided tour.

Finally, there will be a chance to see the famous Iron Bridge over the River Severn, the first in the world, constructed in 1779. This is currently covered in scaffolding for a major renovation, but we will be able to walk across it and see the work in progress.

Meet 9.00am Derby Bus Station, return by 7.00pm. Note the trip is on a SUNDAY this year.


Tuesday 19th June 7pm  St Wilfrid’s Church, Barrow-upon-Trent (Local History Section)

A tour of St Wilfrid’s Church, Barrow-upon-Trent with the church warden.  There was a church here at Domesday and rebuilding in the 13th and 14th centuries. In the 13th century the church and land in the village was given to the Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem. Meet at the church at 7pm.

Cost £5 payable in advance. Parking on grass verge on Church Lane.


Saturday 7th. July 10 am The unknown Warrior Locomotive Build. (Industrial Archaeology Section)

We had a lecture in November from John Hastings Thompson on the recreation of a Derby Built Patriot class express engine. The manufacture of the boiler is now underway in the  'West Shed' at the Swanick Junction site of the Midland Railway Society. We have a chance to see the boiler and several other engines being overhauled.  There will be no charge for the visit but donations would be welcome. Numbers will be limited and stout shoes are recommended! Parking on the Swanick site but a short walk required to the West shed.

12-16 Jul DAS Herefordshire. Annual Trip.


Wednesday 25th July 10.30am from Derby (Local History Section)

Visit by coach to Arbury Hall, Warwickshire.

A coach has been booked to leave Derby Bus Station at 10.30am. Arbury Hall was built in the 16th century on the site of an Augustinian Priory and is the home of the Newdigate Family.  In the 18th century there were alterations in the Gothick Revival style. George Eliot was born on the estate. On the way there will be a stop at a large Garden Centre where you can either buy lunch or take your own packed lunch. We will arrive at The Hall for a tour at 2pm. After the tour you can have a pre booked tea if you wish and explore the gardens. (There are no other refreshment facilities on the site.)  We will arrive back in Derby approximately 5.30pm.

Cost for coach and tour of the house £19, payable in advance. Cream tea has to be ordered in advance, if you would like tea please add £5.65 to the cost of the visit.


Thursday 9th. August  2.0 pm. Claymills Victorian Pumping Station(Industrial Archaeology Section)

Burton on Trent.

The restoration of the pumping station was started in 1993 and three of the four large beam engines have now  been restored together with the original workshops and auxiliary engines. The engines will not be in steam but we will have a guided tour for  a charge of £5 per. person. Good parking on site.

Saturday 11th August – Buxton Museum (Archaeological Research Group)

A visit to Buxton Museum (free) to view the permanent collections of Peak District archaeology, geology, art and local history, plus the ‘Wonders of the Peak’ exhibition which opened last September and the recreated study of the Victorian geologist and archaeologist Sir William Boyd Dawkins.

Meet at the Museum on Terrace Road, Buxton at 2pm.  Please note that there is a Transpeak bus which picks up at Derby, Belper, Matlock and Bakewell if not able to travel by car.


Saturday, 18 August: Visit to Matlock Bank and All Saints church: 2pm (Architectural Section)

Leader: Ian Mitchell.

A walking tour of Matlock Bank, home to the Victorian Hydros where people came not to take the waters, as at a spa, but to have hydropathy treatment: the application of water of different temperatures and for different lengths of time. Please be aware that this part of Matlock has some very steep hills. It is not possible to go inside any of the former hydros. After the tour we will visit All Saints church, a late Victorian church, built in the Early English style and with an east window by Morris and Company. The visit will conclude with tea or coffee in the Church Hall.  TICKETS and MEMBERS ONLY: numbers limited to 20. Cost: £3 (donation to All Saints church fund).

Meet: All Saints church hall (to the east of the church), Smedley Street, Matlock (DE4 3JG).


Saturday 1st September – Flag Fen and Peterborough (Archaeological Research Group)

A coach has been arranged to leave Derby Full Street at 9am.  In the morning we will visit the Flag Fen Archaeology Park to explore how the prehistoric people of the fen lived over 3,500 years ago.  The site has the preserved timbers of a unique kilometre long wooden causeway and platform and there is also the chance to see the recently discovered Bronze Age log boats of the nearby Must Farm.  The admission costs are £6: adult and £4: concessions.  The afternoon will be spent in Peterborough with the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, which is celebrating its 900th anniversary and has a new visitor centre, and the Museum & Art Gallery.  We leave Peterborough about 5 pm.

The cost for the coach is £17: per person payable when booking.  Early booking advised as places limited to 49.


Saturday 15 September: Morley Park Blast Furnaces(Industrial Archaeology Section)

Morley Park Ironworks was one of the first in Derbyshire to manufacture cast iron using coke as a fuel in 1780. Two stone built blast furnaces survived the closure of the works in 1874 and open cast coal extraction in the 1960s. They were conserved by the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust in the 1980s and have been in the care of the DAS ever since.

Meet 10.00am on the lane leading to Morley Park Farm, off Street Lane, south of Ripley, and park before the bridge under the A38, or on Street Lane (don’t go to Ironworks Farm – despite the name this is cut off from the furnaces by the A38!). Postcode DE5 8HT – grid reference SK383495. There is then a 600 metre walk along a farm track and over a grass field to reach the furnaces.

This event is going to be publicly advertised as part of National Heritage Open Days – no booking required.