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Non members are welcome to attend our in-person talks in Derby and a limited number of places for the online talks are available for non members to book using Eventbrite.

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  • 05
    November 5, 2021

    Saving the Crescent and the Fifth Duke’s vision

    19:30 -21:00
    St. Mary's Church Hall
    Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX

    Speaker: Richard Tuffrey

    The future of Buxton’s Grade I listed Crescent started to attract concern with the closure of the St Ann’s Hotel in 1989.  The project to save the Crescent has been a long and difficult one but has finally been completed enabling the hotel and spa to fully trade from May this year.  The presentation will set out the history of the building and how it lay at the centre of the 5th Duke of Devonshire’s vision to create a new Georgian spa town in the north.  It will explain why the project took so long to complete and how, today, the Crescent lies at the heart of Buxton’s aspiration to become an internationally recognised spa town once again.

    Richard is a town planner and urban designer with a long experience of working on heritage issues in local government.  He formerly worked for High Peak Borough Council and, before that, in Nottinghamshire and the North East.  He was also a Director of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum for whom he authored publications on heritage led regeneration and conservation area management. Since retiring from local government in 2018, he has been acting as the Special Advisor to the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust.  He was awarded an MBE for services to heritage in 2020.

    Organised by the Architecture Section

  • 10
    November 10, 2021

    DAS library open

    13:30 -16:00
    Strutts Centre
    Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU

    Library open upstairs on the 1st floor.

  • 12
    November 12, 2021

    Chief Engineers of the Butterley Company in the 19th Century

    19:30 -21:00

    Speaker: Tim Castledine

    Benjamin Outram and Francis Beresford founded Outram & Co in 1790, being officially joined by William Jessop and John Wright in 1792. Outram and Jessop were primarily involved in surveying and other civil engineering activities whilst Beresford and Wright were involved with legal and financial matters respectively. George Goodwin joined the Company in 1797 and remained there until 1848. In his early years he acted as a de facto chief engineer running the company alongside Outram’s brother Joseph during Outram’s extensive periods of absence following his other activities. Following Beresford’s death in 1803 and Outram’s in 1805, the Wright and Jessop realised that it would be necessary to employ a professional engineer. William Brunton joined the newly named Butterley Company in 1807, becoming the first of several eminent engineers to hold the post of Chief Engineer throughout the Company’s golden period up to the late 1800’s. These engineers working alongside Francis Wright and William Jessop Junior for much of the period produced many internationally acclaimed structures in addition to developing amongst many other engineering marvels, steam power for a vast range of applications. The talk briefly covers the main engineers from William Brunton (1807 – 1815), Joseph Miller (1815 – 1825), Joseph Glynn (1825 -1850), Edward Reynolds (1852 – 1860) and Sir John Alleyne (1852 – 1880).

    Organised by the Industrial Archaeology Section

  • 13
    November 13, 2021

    Industrial Revolution Conference

    10:00 -17:00

    The Arkwright Society returns for their 7th Industrial Revolution Conference .
    The Industrial Revolution Conference is an annual event with a diverse range of topics and expert speakers.
    This year, leading academics will discuss what triggered and sustained innovation in the first Industrial Revolution, with one talk focusing on modern entrepreneurship as a point of comparison.

    Professor Joel Mokyr,   ‘Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution:  A Neglected Nexus’.
    Professor Emeritus John Styles   ‘Re-fashioning Industrial Revolution: Fibres, Fashion and Technical Innovation in British Cotton Textiles, 1630-1780’.
    Dr Gill Cookson,   Innovation in the Time of Arkwright.
    Dr Karolina Hutkova,  London School of Economics  The English East India Company’s Silk Enterprise in Bengal, 1750–1850. 
    Professor Simon Mosey,  ‘Building a legacy of ingenuity through entrepreneurial organisations’.

    Tickets are priced at £20. Book your place today at

  • 26
    November 26, 2021

    Medieval Military Effigies of Derbyshire

    19:30 -21:00

    Speaker: Mark Downing

    This talk will explore knightly effigies that remain in Derbyshire carved between 1250-1500.  It will look at what remains together with an historical background and some case studies. Mark Downing is the President of the Church Monuments Society and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London.  He has seen and published all military church monuments between 1200-1500 in England and Wales and is a leading authority on this subject; an interest he has had for over 30 years.

    Organised by the Architecture Section