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Heanor & District Local History Society



2017 - 2018 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 12 September 2017

Langley Mill and Aldercar: 1000 Years in 60 Minutes

Robert Mee describes more than just the industry.



Tuesday 10 October

The Cromford Canal
Hugely important to our area, as David Ratner explains.



Tuesday 14 November

Trust me! I’m your Plague Doctor

An extremely lively look at early medicines, by Eyam’s David Bell.



Tuesday 12 December

The Butterley Company

Tim Castledine examines this major local firm.



Tuesday 9 January 2018

The Victorian Fair - Freaks and Fisticuffs

A welcome return from Ann Featherstone, looking at fairground oddities of the past.



Tuesday 13 February

Ashbourne: Gateway to Dovedale

The history of the town, from medieval to Georgian times. With Danny Wells.



Tuesday 13 March

A Walk around Horsley Woodhouse

Our near neighbour, described by Louise Heaton.



Tuesday 10 April

The Framework Knitters of the East Midlands
Jane Whittaker
explains this key industry and its history.



Tuesday 8 May

Annual General Meeting, followed by

In Sight of the Gibbet

True tales of the macabre, by author Ian Morgan.



Tuesday 12 June

Horsley Woodhouse Heritage Walk

Following on from the talk in March, this will be an actual walk, led by Alan Bannister.




A Seventeenth Century Plague Doctor

Nottingham’s Goose Fair

Stocking Frame