St. Mary’s Church Hall

Location:Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX

Upcoming events

  • 29/01/2022 14:30 - 29/01/2022 16:00

    Speaker: Tony Bonson

    John Else was the miller at Warney Mill from 1847 to 1869 during which time he built a new mill at Warney. Fortunately, many documents concerning John Else’s business and the building of the new mill have survived. The talk covers the history of the mill before the arrival of John Else, together with the milling history of the Else family. The story of the mill after John Else’s death up to the present day is also covered. John Else’s documents have provided the basis of a book that not only tells this story but also gives a glimpse of rural life in the mid-19th century when the world we know today was just emerging

    Organised by the Industrial Archaeology Section

  • 04/02/2022 19:30 - 04/02/2022 21:00

    Speaker: Richard Clark

    From 2016 to 2018 the speaker re-visited the Consistory Cause Papers to further his research for a potential book, Parishes and Parsons: the Church of England in Derbyshire.  Lots of photographs were taken and the following eighteen months were taken up in writing up cases of interest in a database after a great deal of transcribing.  In the talk he explores some of the problems cause papers pose as evidence and discuss some of the strengths and weakness of what they offer.  But on the way there will be some of the stories the cause papers contain - the occasional whiff of scandal and, perhaps, a source of mirth.

    Organised by the Local History Section

  • 18/02/2022 19:30 - 18/02/2022 21:00

    Speaker: Stephen Bailey

    Derbyshire has a wealth of old roads, lanes, tracks, holloways and paths, some dating back thousands of years. It is a network which links a fascinating variety of sometimes enigmatic monuments, from fortified hilltops and stone circles to ruined abbeys and hermitages.

    This talk traces the development of these roads, from prehistoric ridgeways, Roman ‘streets’ and medieval pilgrimage routes, the growth of the turnpikes, and the heyday of the stage coach era, and finally to leisure use by cyclists and walkers. Travellers of all kinds are included: ‘jaggers’ with their packhorse trains, pilgrims, drovers, pedlars and tramps, and passengers in coaches and waggons, as well as the essential infrastructure of bridges and inns.

    Organised by the Local History Section

  • 04/03/2022 19:30 - 04/03/2022 21:00

    Ian Jackson

    In the second year of his PhD, Ian Jackson is looking at the historic development and use of waterpower in the Derbyshire Derwent Valley, learning from past challenges and solutions to unlock the renewable energy potential in the future.

    Organised by the Industrial Archaeology Section

  • 18/03/2022 19:30 - 18/03/2022 21:00

    Speaker: Aidan Haley

    The speaker is the Assistant Archivist for the Chatsworth Estate, and is also responsible for the library at Chatsworth House. The talk will give an overview of the creation of the archive and how it is cared for and used - there is a lot of interesting research going on. For the library it will cover how it was created, its history, the room it sits in, and some of the key collections.

    Organised by the Local History Section

  • 25/03/2022 19:30 - 25/03/2022 21:00

    Speaker: Barbara Yorke

    In 800AD it would have appeared that the kingdom most likely to expand so that it would take over all of England was Mercia. Yet less than 100 years later it had all but disappeared as a political entity. This talk will consider the rapid expansion of Mercia from early in the 7th century under a series of exceptional kings, its strengths and weaknesses, and the reasons for its later eclipse by Wessex. Examples will be taken from Derbyshire where possible.

    Barbara Yorke is Emeritus Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester. Her publications include Kings and Kingdoms of early medieval England(1990) and The conversion of Britain (2006).

  • 01/04/2022 19:30 - 01/04/2022 21:00

    Speaker: Wendy Morrison

    The usage of the term 'Celtic' will be defined and discussed, before investigating the earlier Continental precursors of British art, the earliest Celtic art produced in Britain, and the development of various insular styles. We will examine briefly the different techniques for producing decorated objects, and the types of artefacts as vehicles for art with combinations of forms, layouts and elements of design. Also how art reflected the social standing of owners, the final pre-Roman developments and what happened to Celtic art forms in the Roman-British period.

    Dr Wendy Morrison currently works for the Chilterns Conservation Board as project manager of the NLHF funded 'Beacons of the Past' hillforts project. She is also senior associate tutor for archaeology at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Her research areas are prehistoric European archaeology and landscape archaeology, with over a decade of excavation experience in Southern Britain, the Channel Isles and India.