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.

The Section also publishes, the Derbyshire Miscellany, the Local History Bulletin of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society, which was introduced in February 1956. Published twice a year, it provides an informal forum where members can publish their research and air their views on Derbyshire’s history. The annual subscription is £8.

A list of published articles can be found at: www.derbyshireas.org.uk/publications/miscellany/. 

Past articles, apart from the last five years, can be read freely online. Some recently published articles are: ’The Glossop Easter Books’, ‘Shardlow Manor and Manor House’, ‘A Village revealed: 200 years of Brassington Wills’, ‘Landowners of Aston upon Trent 1500-1924, Parts 1 and 2’, Thomas Smith of Derby 1721-1767, Pioneer of English Landscape Art’, ‘The Manchester and Buxton Railway’, ‘The Harrisons of Bridge Gate, Derby, Whitesmiths and Engineers Part I: William Harrison 1735-1819’, The Ordnance Depot, Derby and its later owners 1805-1966′, ‘Of known integrity, honesty and fortune: the social background and education of the astronomer John Flamsteed’.

If you would like to submit an article for publication in Derbyshire Miscellany, please contact the Editor via the Contact Us page.

If you do not subscribe to Derbyshire Miscellany but would like to buy the current or a previous edition, please use the General Enquiries Form on the Contact Us page.  The cost of a single edition is £4.70 including p&p.

New House Grange Barn.
Hartlebury Great Hall.