Winter Programme


Lectures to be held at the University of Derby,
Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GC

Special Event
4 October 2019 at 7.30pm: THE CHURCH BROUGHTON BASSOON
The venue will be Church Broughton parish church.
During a visit to Church Broughton church in May 2013 a bassoon, dating from a time when church bands led congregational singing during services, was on show in a case. Subsequently, a grant was made from the Pilling Bequest to assist in its conservation and the work is now completed.
On 4 October Eric Moulder, who conserved the instrument, will be giving a talk on the bassoon, its history, its conservation and other musical instruments which would have been played in churches at the time. Entry is free and wine and soft drinks will be available for a donation to church funds.

27 September 2019: A Journey through Haddon Hall
Speaker, Margie Burnet, archivist and exhibition curator at Haddon.
Haddon Hall is Derbyshire’s finest medieval house. The Hall at the core of the building was erected c1370 and was enlarged in Henry VIII’s reign, with the addition of a dining room, an impressive long gallery, a 50 ft. tower and a range of service buildings. It was for centuries the home of the Vernon and Manners families but ceased to be lived in during the eighteenth century.

The speaker will briefly relate the history of the Vernons and the Manners but will concentrate on John, 9th Duke of Rutland who set about a thorough renovation which became his life’s task. He had been present at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb and he adopted an archaeological approach to his work, measuring and recording and taking many photographs. The speaker will guide us through the Hall, room by room, as his renovations are explained, using the Duke’s photographs and extracts from his three large notebooks.

25 October 2019: Roman York: New Light on an Ancient City
Speaker, Dr Patrick Ottaway
York (Eburacum), world renowned site of a Roman legionary fortress and town, became a provincial capital in the early third century, making York one of the most important Roman centres in Britain. The lecture will outline its history, looking at aspects of the fortress, headquarters and baths. The speaker will draw on a recent publication on excavations south-west of the River Ouse, looking at the buildings and the environmental material, well preserved in waterlogged ground. Finally, the speaker will talk about a selection of the more important artefacts, not previously seen in public, brought to light in a recent overview of the Roman collections held by the York Museums Trust.

Patrick Ottaway M.A., D. Phil., FSA, has been a professional archaeologist for 40 years, first at Winchester Museum Service then at York Archaeological Trust to oversee a range of projects. In 2006 he set up PJO Archaeology, a York-based archaeological consultancy. His many publications include Roman York (2004), Archaeology in the Environs of Roman York, Excavations in York 1976 – 2005 (2011) and Roman Yorkshire: People, Culture, Landscape (2013). He has tutored in archaeology for Leeds, York and Hull Universities. In 2017-18 he advised the Yorkshire Museum on its Roman collections as part of an Arts Council project, ‘Old Collections – New Questions’.

Special Event
6 December 2019 at 7.30 pm: SOCIAL EVENING and TALK
NOTE! a NEW VENUE: Chester Green Community Centre,
Old Chester Road, Derby, DE13SA with adjacent car park.
‘How the Tudors Celebrated Christmas’.
Speaker, Maureen Taylor, M.A.
The speaker will appear in the dress of a notable Tudor Queen and will explain and demonstrate ways in which the Court of Henry VIII celebrated Christmas.
Members are kindly asked to bring or contribute to refreshments as usual and also to bring photos of the visit to Torquay to show on screen.

10 January 2020: The Council for British Archaeology: Past, Present and Future
Speaker, Ken Smith
This talk will consider the development of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) from its origins in the closing years of the Second World War amid concerns about the conservation of the country’s heritage in the face of war-time destruction and re-development, through its various subsequent manifestations, projects and achievements to date, to its current considerations on how to make it fit for the 21st century – sustainable, inclusive and responsive to membership and community ambitions and aspirations.’

Ken Smith graduated from Sheffield University with a BA (Hons) Prehistory and Archaeology. He spent seven years directing excavations for the Central Excavation Unit of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments (Dept. of Environment) before becoming Derbyshire’s first Sites and Monuments (SMR) Officer 1982-87 (shared between DCC and Peak Park Joint Planning Board (PPJPB). He moved full-time to PPJPB in 1987 as Archaeologist and finished in 2017, as Cultural Heritage Manager. He is currently Trustee and Chair of Trustees for the Council for British Archaeology, a specialist volunteer for the National Trust, a Member of the Peak District National Park Authority, and engaging in occasional research projects e.g. the ‘value’ of drystone walls, using the Peak District as a case study. He was a member of Council of the DAS for over 30 years and is now an honorary Vice-president of the Society.’

6 March 2020: Anglo-Saxon carved stones in Derbyshire and Ancient Land Units
Speaker, Dr Philip Sidebottom
The thirteenth volume of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture records all known pre-Conquest carved stones in the counties of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The array of different styles and ornamentation provides a rich corpus of this material, rarely rivalled elsewhere in England. But what was their purpose; were they simply memorials, or did they mark territorial identities which have now long since gone? The speaker will suggest answers to these and other questions which have long puzzled historians.

Dr Phil Sidebottom is the co-author of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, Vol. 13, along with Professor Jane Hawkes of York. He gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield, following his research interests in Anglo-Saxon sculpture and was a lecturer in archaeology until retiring in 2010. He is now a freelance archaeological consultant.

Special Event
1 May 2020 at 7.30 pm: SOCIETY AGM and a TALK
The venue will be St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Darley Lane.
‘Tracing Derbyshire’s Monastic Granges in the landscape’.
Speakers, Mary Wiltshire and Sue Woore, landscape historians and research partners.
The speakers are well known for their landscape studies of the Duffield Frith and the Medieval Parks of Derbyshire. Their latest research on Derbyshire’s Monastic Granges, recently published, is the cumulation of many hours of field walking, together with a study of maps and documentary sources.


Meetings will take place at St Mary’s Parish Rooms,
Darley Lane, Derby at 7.30 pm

11 October 2019: IAS Derby Flood Defences: 18 – 20th Century Archaeology
Speaker, Philippa Puzey-Broomhead (Trent & Peak Archaeology)
The construction of improved flood defences along the River Derwent through Derby has given a unique opportunity to investigate the archaeology of all periods from the Romans to the recent past. The banks of the river as it runs through Derby were once lined with a variety of industries, but the famous Silk Mill is the only survivor.

In this talk, we will hear what has been learned about activity along the west bank of the river in the industrial era from one of archaeologists involved.

18 October 2019: ARG Lifting the Lid on Lidar
Speaker, Ian Ross
LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a technology which uses laser light to create a 3D representation of the earth’s surface. Ian will explain the technique and show how Ice Age Journeys have used it to examine the landscape of the last Ice Age.

1 November 2019: LHS 850 Years. An Introduction to Repton School and the Augustinian Priory
Speaker, Paul Stevens, the archivist and Librarian at Repton School
Paul Stevens will provide an introduction to the fascinating story of both the school and the Augustinian Priory which preceded it. Using many rare photographs, he will explore the importance of the site and some of the many colourful characters who inhabited it.

8 November 2019:  LHS ‘I found also good booksellers’ shops’. Shopping in Derby c1700-2020
Speaker, Dr Ian Mitchell
The speaker will survey retailing in Derby from Celia Fiennes, being deeply unimpressed in c1698, through to Sir Richard Phillips “I had never seen better shops in a country town” (1820s) and to Intu, taking in markets and the southward drift of the city’s shopping area en route.

15 November 2019: AS Alderman Richard Leaper, Amateur Architect
Speaker, Maxwell Craven MBE
Alderman Leaper (1759-1838) was a banker and financier in Derby, who became Mayor of the town several times. In addition, he was a talented architect who was responsible for various buildings in the district.
A DAS member for many years, Maxwell Craven is a well-known local historian, writer and lecturer, specialising in architecture and genealogy.February 7, 2020: About Mam Tor after the Hillfort
Speaker, Graeme Guilbert
The intention is to explain something of the development of the landscape over and around Mam Tor. Although heavily visited, it has been surprisingly little recorded, and so little understood, in historical and archaeological terms. A series of observations in the field, coupled with examination of archived maps and published literature, have contributed to a growing appreciation of what remains, and deserves to be preserved, on the ground, albeit there are inevitably as many questions as answers.

22 November 2019: IAS Railways and the Timber Industry
Speaker, Dr Philip Riden
Between 1840 and the First World War the railways transformed almost every aspect of the British economy, not least by greatly increasing the demand for a number of raw materials.

This talk looks at the railways’ impact on the timber trade and the timber preservation industry.

17 January 2020: AS Rufford Abbey, a Victorian and Edwardian House
Speaker: Peter Smith
Rufford Abbey near Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire was a Cistercian House that was converted into a country house after the dissolution. After various vicissitudes, including partial demolition by Nottinghamshire Council in 1956, it is now jointly administered by English Heritage. This talk concentrates on the house in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Peter Smith will be remembered for his recent talk on Barlborough Hall which was followed by a Section visit.

24 January 2020: IAS Friar Gate Bridge, Derby
Speaker, Peter Moseley, a member of the Friends of Friar Gate Bridge
Friar Gate bridge in Derby is an iconic City landmark. It was engineered and constructed by Andrew Handyside as part of the Great Northern Railway route to Burton on Trent from Nottingham and was in use from 1875-1968.

The talk will include a description of the bridge’s construction and years in use as well as the constant and ongoing efforts to preserve it

7 February 2020: ARG About Mam Tor after the Hillfort
Speaker, Graeme Guilbert
The intention is to explain something of the development of the landscape over and around Mam Tor. Although heavily visited, it has been surprisingly little recorded, and so little understood, in historical and archaeological terms. A series of observations in the field, coupled with examination of archived maps and published literature, have contributed to a growing appreciation of what remains, and deserves to be preserved, on the ground, albeit there are inevitably as many questions as answers.

21 February 2020: LHS Kilpeck Church in context: a window on medieval mentalité?
Speaker, Dr John Hunt
The Parish Church of St Michael and St David at Kilpeck, Herefordshire, was described by Pevsner as “one of the most perfect Norman village churches in England”. In the twelfth century it lay within a developing seigneurial landscape, and the Archenfield, the district within which Kilpeck lay, had only recently been assimilated. Associated with the patronage of Hugh de Kilpeck, a minor baron, the church was completed by 1140.

A celebrated example of the “Herefordshire School of Sculpture”, this lecture will discuss the Church within the context of a distinctive regional school of Romanesque sculpture and its relationship to the culture of lordship.

28 February 2020: ARG Crich Pottery 1690 – 1890
Speaker, Adrian Henstock, FRHistS
Salt glazed brown stoneware originated in Germany but in c.1690 Nottingham and Crich became two of the earliest manufacturing centres in England famed for their high quality wares. The talk looks at local potteries, manufacturing methods and their products – including novelties such as puzzle jugs. Some examples will be available for inspection.

13 March 2020: ARG AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘King Alfred the Great and his response to the Great Heathen Army’
Speaker, John Arnold
When Alfred was born there were still four Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms but by the time of his death only Wessex survived with its own Anglo-Saxon royal household. This talk will examine why Wessex under Alfred was able to survive against Viking incursions whereas other states failed.

20 March 2020: LHS AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Poaching in the 19th century East Midlands’
Speaker, Dr Rosemary Muge
Poaching was endemic in 19th century East Midlands, at a level which equalled or exceeded that in the great poaching counties of the south and east. Night poaching was of great concern to the landed gentry and poaching affrays were common. Details of activities in Derbyshire in particular will be given.

27 March 2020: AS Section AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Vic Hallam and Company’

3 April 2020: IAS AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘The Derby – Sandiacre Canal : Past and Future
Speaker, Chris Madge, a member of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society
The Derby – Sandiacre canal was engineered by Benjamin Outram and opened in stages between 1795-7. It was closed in 1946 and lay part 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 including their endeavour to reconnect the Erewash canal to Derby and the river Trent.

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