Winter Programme 2020-2021

Friday 2 October 2020 at 7.30pm – IAS
Speaker: Chris Madge (Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society)

The Derby Canal was engineered by Benjamin Outram and opened in stages between 1795-7. It was closed in 1946 and lay derelict until the setting up of a Trust. The speaker will recount the canal’s history until its closure and the Trust’s progress towards its full restoration, reconnecting the Erewash and Trent & Mersey canals to Derby.

Friday 16 October at 7.30pm – LHS
Speaker: Dr A.N. (Tony) Bethell, MBE

The speaker will trace the history of the Order of St John from the First Crusade, through the final expulsion of the Christian armies from the Holy Land to the Dissolution of the Order in England by Henry VIII and in Europe by Napoleon.  From the start of the new English Order by Queen Victoria the talk pictures the two main modern charitable aspects of the Order of St John and highlights some of the links with Derbyshire down the centuries – and the scope for much more archaeological and historical research.

Friday 23 October at 7.30pm – society lecture
Speaker: Matthew Champion, MA, FSA

Today most forms of graffiti are regarded as destructive, as anti-social, and certainly not something that we should encourage or welcome on our historic churches. However, that attitude is largely a modern one. Prior to about 1850 all forms of graffiti were, like the outrageous marginalia of a medieval manuscript, at least accepted. As a result, our medieval churches are covered in hundreds of thousands of largely unrecorded inscriptions. Inscriptions that deal with matters of faith, of commerce, and of life and death – waiting only for someone to read them.

Friday 6 November at 7.30pm – LHS
Speaker: Rebecca Sheldon (Derbyshire Record Office)

This talk will reflect on the archives of the county from the point of view of those who created the records and how this contributed to the development of the County Record Office.

Friday 13 November at 7.30pm – IAS
Speaker:  Michael Edwards (Chesterfield Canal Trust)

A “living archaeology” project has re-created a 70 feet long horse-drawn, sail-driven narrowboat to a design last built in the 1930s and unique to the Chesterfield Canal. Volunteers using only contemporary hand tools and seven tons of oak and larch put in four years of hard work. This is the story from the origin of the project through to the adventures of the vessel so far.

Friday 20 November at 7.30pm – ARG
Speaker: Dr Dana Campbell (Derbyshire County Council)

During this time, physical access to Derbyshire Historic Environment Record has been restricted, but work has been in process of putting together a brand new website, which is now live and fully accessible.

Friday 27 November at 7.30pm – ARG

Speaker: Maria Kneafsey (Derby Museum)
Every year in Derbyshire, hundreds of archaeological small finds are discovered by members of the public and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme for investigation and recording. This talk will present a selection of the most interesting, unusual, and surprising objects that have been found in the county in 2020, and will discuss how such finds contribute to our understanding of the archaeological landscape in the East Midlands and beyond.


  1. Our Zoom license only allows 100 participants in each meeting, so you need to register in advance for each talk you want to watch. Members who have provided an email address will receive an email from DAS with a link to register for each talk. Click on the link and it will take you to a Zoom registration page. You need to fill in your name and email address and then click ‘register’.
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