The aim of the group is to engender an interest in, and knowledge of, the history of Derbyshire. It is expected that members of the group will have very different desired levels of involvement, ranging from those with a cursory curiosity and little spare time to conduct research to those with bags of enthusiasm and time to delve into original research of local history. It is anticipated that members of the group will conduct their own research into their chosen area of interest, working either alone, in pairs, or in small groups, and once a year will arrange for the rest of the group to visit a site appropriate to that chosen interest. Additional meetings will be arranged on an occasional basis, which may include an invited guest speaking on a subject of interest to the whole group.

The Local History Group normally meets on the last Monday of every month, usually in the morning but sometimes later, depending on the requirements of the visit.

Where meetings are held in a member's home there will be a charge of 30p for refreshments. Where meetings involve a visit to an appropriate location any entry fees will be paid by each individual. The cost of any invited speakers will be discussed and agreed by the group as a whole.

Our May trip to Minninglow:

The clump of trees on the left is the site of a Neolithic Burial Ground

Several members at the top - it was drizzling with rain

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Images courtesy of Susan Tomlinson

The joint group coordinators are:

Andrew Noone, who can be contacted by email by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 0780 2462524.

Susan Tomlinson, who can be contacted by email by clicking on her name, or by telephone on 01629 583763.


The programme for 2018 is:

Monday, 29 January

Tansley Village Hall at 10am.

 - The Early History of Matlock Town Football Club - including social history of the time- with Susan Tomlinson

Monday, 26 February

Tansley Village Hall at 10am.

- Matlock Geology - Geoff Selby and Road Names and their meanings - with Sarah Puxley

Monday, 26 March

Tansley Village Hall at 10am.

- The Darwins of Sydnope - with Carolyn Davies


“What’s the connection between Thomas Babbington, Elizabeth 1, Sir Tomas Raleigh and Tansley ?” - with Andrew Noone


“The History of the Turnpike System" - with Ted Mellor


A visit to Revolution House, Old Whittington


A visit to John Smedley Factory at Lea Bridge

Last updated on 2 January, 2018
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