Local History

The Local History Group normally meets on the last Monday of every month at 10am at Tansley Village Hall, with a small charge to cover the hire of the room and refreshments. For the months where there is a Bank Holiday, we change, usually to the week before.

But a change is on the way!

From May indoor meetings will still be at Tansley Village Hall but the time will change to a start time of 2pm and will be in the large downstairs hall. 

Our aim is to educate members about the history of our diverse county, both of the people and the places. We realise that some members will have loads of spare time to do their own research, and some members will have little spare time, but we would like to encourage all members to participate in educating the other group members. So it is hoped that members of the group will conduct their own research into a chosen area of interest, maybe just working alone, or in pairs or even small groups, then give a talk to the rest of the group on their findings. This could even culminate in a visit to some historic site.

During the summer months we try to arrange something outdoors, if it is one of the many tourist attractions around here, there will be an entry fee. Sometimes it is a free trip where one of the members leads the group on maybe a tour around a village or site of historical interest.


28th MARCH – Keith Downing – an illustrated talk looking at the history of population from Matlock to Darley Dale – downstairs room at Tansley Village Hall 10am

25th APRIL – A GUIDED TOUR OF BOLSOVER CASTLE 30th MAY – Terry Fox and John Smith who will give us an illustrated talk on Bradford Dale – starting at 2pm in the downstairs room at Tansley Village Hall

27th JUNE – “a walk on the flat” in Bradford Dale with Terry and John time to be arrange

25th JULY – TBA

22nd AUGUST (week early due to Bank Holiday) – TBA



28th NOVEMBER – Talk on Cromford with Mick Fleming 2pm 

19th DECEMBER (week early due to Christmas) – Mixed Bag with Susan 2pm

If you are interested in joining the group please contact me by email or phone.

The group coordinator is Susan Tomlinson, who can be contacted by e-mail, or by telephone on 01629 583763.


Can you spot the differences in Matlock from 1893 and 2021?

Images courtesy of Susan Tomlinson