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Heanor & District Local History Society



2018 - 2019 Programme


The Society holds its meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Wilmot Street Community Centre. Meetings start at 7.30pm. All our meetings are very well attended, and on occasions can be standing-room only - especially if the subject is particularly "local" in its nature, or if it is a subject that has mass appeal. We would recommend that you don't leave it to the last minute to arrive.

To get to the Wilmot Street Community Centre, in the centre of Heanor, turn onto Wilmot Street at the side of the Market Place, directly opposite the King of Prussia public house; after passing the first junction - with Mundy Street - there is a car park on your right, and the Community Centre is adjacent to that. For those of you with 'Sat Nav', the postcode is DE75 7EF. (There is a map on the Contact page.) Please be aware that the car park next to the Centre is now Pay and Display, even in the evening!

You don't have to be a member of the Society to attend our meetings -  visitors are always welcome. Non-members are invited to contribute a donation to the Society at their discretion.



Tuesday 11 September 2018

Inn Signs and Local History

A fascinating look at local history as seen through pub signs and names, with Robert Mee.



Tuesday  9 October

The Victorian Circus
Ann Featherstone
looks at the circus during its Victorian heyday.



Tuesday 13 November

1918 - Bloody Road to Victory

The final year of the conflict, with reference to William Gregg, by Gareth Howell.



Tuesday 11 December

He’s Behind You!

Oh no he isn’t! Our own Alan Brougham takes a trip to the panto.



Tuesday 8 January 2019

The Life and Adventures of Henry Walker, R.N.

Another voyage through family history with Stephen Flinders.



Tuesday 12 February

The Bennerley Viaduct

Kieran Lee shares the story of the Great Northern line structure.



Tuesday 12 March

Cromford Mill

The story of Sir Richard Arkwright and the cotton-spinning mill. With Chas Arnold.



Tuesday 9 April

The History of Stained Glass Windows
Tony Waldron
explores this feature of almost every church.



Tuesday 14 May

Annual General Meeting, followed by

The River Trent

Richard Stone on how the Trent has shaped the area for thousands of years.



Tuesday 11 June

Round He’nor

An evening heritage walk around the town centre, led by Robert Mee.




Our opening talk of the new season

Victorian Circus Poster

The East window in St Lawrence’s church