Summer Programme 2023

Tuesday 29 August – St Wystan’s Church, Repton. Taking a walk through Repton’s past lives (ARG)
The visit will begin at 6.30pm and will include a guided talk on the history of Repton from Neolithic times, led by Chris Austin of the Repton Local History Group with a comprehensive talk on the archaeology by Chris Wardle. Meet at St. Wystan’s Church  7 Willington Rd, Repton, Derby DE65 6FH by the Lychgate if fine, in the church otherwise. Limited parking outside church, with one space for disabled. Numbers are limited to 30, no charge but donations to be split between Church and Friends of Church. THIS VISIT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 7 September – A dig around the Magic Attic (ARG)
A visit to the South Derbyshire local history archive in Swadlincote with an extensive collection of newspapers, photographs, maps and artefacts. 7.00pm at Sharpe’s Heritage Centre, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG, plenty of free parking. Numbers limited to 24 – no charge but donations welcome on the day. Booking open to non members.

Friday 8th September – Moseley Old Hall coach trip (LHS)

Saturday 16 September – Peak District Mining Museum (IAS)
The museum is operated by the Peak District Mines Historical Society and houses thousands of items, relics of the lost lead industry, which are explained and interpreted in an imaginative and thought-provoking exhibition. It has been housed in the former Grand Pavilion at Matlock Bath for many years, but plans are now afoot to move to a new purpose designed building at the National Stone Centre near Wirksworth. This 3 hour visit will be a chance to see the museum as it is today and hear about the exciting plans for the future, as well as a tour into Temple mine in the hillside across the road. Meet 10.00am at the museum on South Parade, Matlock Bath DE4 3NR. The (optional) mine tour involves low ceilings, uneven floors and can be wet, muddy and slippy underfoot. Hard-hats are provided and sensible footwear is recommended. 30 places available – £12.00 pay in advance. Booking open to non members.




There are limited places on most visits and so priority will be given to DAS members. Where spaces are available for non members a booking link will be provided on the list to the left.

Booking arrangements 

We are using the Eventbrite online system for booking our summer events. In order to give everyone time to look at the programme and decide which events they would like to attend. Members have received a full list of events by post and email, with links to the Eventbrite booking page for each event. The full list of links is for members only and events will only become publicly visible on Eventbrite if it appears that not  all spaces will be taken by members.

Booking online will enable you to see immediately if places are available, to add your name to a waiting list for an event that is fully booked, in case there are any cancellations, and if you have to cancel a booking, to obtain a refund directly from Eventbrite. Should there happen to be any unforeseen changes of plan, those who have booked will be notified immediately by e-mail from Eventbrite. Online booking will also help the Section organisers to manage their events efficiently and simplify our method of payment.

if you have not used Eventbrite before, it will automatically set up an account for you the first time you book for an event. If you wish to book more than one place on an event (e.g. two members in a household), you will need to book separately with the individual names (but the email address can be the same). There are limited numbers of places for almost all the summer events, so do make your bookings as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If an event is not fully booked before it is to take place, it may be opened to non-members, for example by invitation to other special interest groups or to the general public via Eventbrite. There may be an additional cost for tickets for non-members.