Winter Programme 2020-2021

Friday 12 March at 7.30pm – IAS
Speaker: Denis Hill

This illustrated talk presents the full 200-year history of the Mansfield & Pinxton Railway, which is the oldest continuously running commercial railway in England. It will also take a glimpse into the factors that led up to its formation and hopes for the future. We will also take into consideration how it supported the local economies, especially that of Mansfield. Recently a dedicated group celebrated the railway’s amazing 200th anniversary with the help of a National Lottery Heritage Grant, which meant that they were able to immortalise this railway and its record-breaking anniversary and helped to raise its profile.

Friday 19 March at 7.30pm – ARG
Speaker: Tim Bennett

Local Yokel has Howard Carter moment – the Elka Project was born from an accidental discovery of just two ring ditch anomalies, found in a local wood. The speaker gathered as much information as he could and submitted the information to the governing bodies of archaeology within his local council – this has now developed into a ‘Community Project’.

Friday 26 March at 7.30pm – LHS

The talk looks at what foods people were eating and how they dined across Derbyshire in the 16th and 17th centuries. How this differed in different parts of the county and how it changed over time, based on evidence from probate inventories.

Friday 9 April at 7.30pm
Speaker: Chris Wardle

Having worked in archaeology for more than 25 years; and having pondered the origins of urban places such as Tamworth, Lichfield, Stafford and Leicester: on his retirement Chris turned to consider the beginnings of Derby as a town.

Friday 23 April at 7.30pm – IAS
Speaker: Richard Benjamin

The Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, built in 1797, is the first iron framed building in the world, and as such is seen as the grandparent of the skyscraper. This talk will take you through the history of the site, why it is here in Shrewsbury, who built it, and the parallels with contemporary buildings in the Derwent Valley. After 90 years as a Flaxmill and 90 years as a Maltings, the building is now being refurbished thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant of £20.7m.


NON MEMBERS – a limited number of places are available to book via our Eventbrite page. Once you have booked a place you will receive a link to the Zoom registration page as described below.

MEMBERS – members who have provided an email address will receive an email from DAS with a link to register for each talk. This is usually sent out a week before the event.

  1.  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’.
  2. You will then receive an automated email which will contain the link you need to use to join the meeting from a computer, smartphone or tablet. It will also contain a telephone number to join the meeting using an ordinary telephone, but bear in mind if you use this you will not see the speaker’s slides and standard telephone call charges will apply.
  3. A few minutes before the meeting is due to start, click on the link and it will take you to a Zoom web page. If you have previously installed Zoom there will be a pop-up window “Open Zoom Meetings” which you should click on. If this is your first time using Zoom, allow some more time as you will need to click on “Download and run Zoom” on the main page and follow the instructions to install it on your device.
  4. You should then see a message “Please wait, the meeting host will let you in soon”. You will also be offered an option to test your microphone and speakers and it is a good idea to do this while waiting to make sure you will be able to hear what is said. When the meeting is ready to start, you will be connected and should see and hear the speaker and chairman for the meeting or a welcome slide.
  5. At the top right of your screen, you should have the option of ‘speaker view’ or ‘gallery view’. We recommend you select ‘speaker view’ so that you only see the speaker and the chairman. When the talk begins, the speaker will share their screen and you should see the presentation slides in the main part of your screen with the video of the speaker in a small box to one side.
  6. By ‘hovering’ your mouse at the bottom of your screen, you will see various controls, e.g. for your own microphone and camera. These will be switched off by default, and we ask you leave them switched off unless you are invited to speak in the discussion session at the end of the meeting. However, please use the ‘Chat’ facility to type your questions and these will be relayed to the speaker by the chairman.
  7. In most cases our talks are recorded on Zoom and members will be sent a link to view the recording. Please note this includes the discussion and if you have your microphone and camera on you may appear in the recording.