Local History Section

The Local History Section was set up in 1956 with the aim of fostering the study of places, people and events in Derbyshire. Four winter lectures are arranged annually and summer visits are made to places of local historic interest. An annual coach trip enables members to explore places further afield without the need to drive.

Amongst the wide ranging winter lectures, we have welcomed speakers on Derbyshire Place Names, Derby Shrovetide Football, The Photographic Archive of W.W. Winter in Derby, Church Dedications, Aspects of the English Civil War and the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Mercia. After the meetings there is always time to socialise and exchange news over a cup of tea or coffee.

Our annual summer visits programme usually includes a daytime guided walk around a Derbyshire town or village, such as Crich, Eyam, Mayfield or Tideswell. Evening visits with a knowledgeable guide are often arranged to local churches. Our popular annual coach trips have taken us to places such as Arbury Hall in Warwickshire and Hartlebury Castle and its famous library in Worcestershire.

New House Grange Barn.
Hartlebury Great Hall.