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Heanor & District Local History Society

2023/4 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 have been 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 12th September 2023

19th Century Radical Politics in Heanor

Paul Jones looks at the early politics in the area.

Tuesday 10th October

Teacher, Trader, Lion-Tamer and Spy

Alice Wheeldon and the Pear Tree Conspiracy; with Ian Green

Tuesday 17th October

Heanor History Quiz

Join us for an evening quiz at the Heanor Miners Welfare

Tuesday 14th November

“My Mum had One of Those!”
Janet and Paul Barrass
on the things our mothers owned

Tuesday 12th December

The Ealing Comedies

The pinnacle of British cinema, with Robert Mee

Tuesday 9th January 2024

Ilkeston Electric Tramway

Stephen Flinders on the town’s pioneering tramway system

Tuesday 13th February

Street Entertainers

Punch and Judy to busking, told (and sung) by Dave Mooney

Tuesday 12th March

My Derbyshire Life

With Ashley Franklin, radio presenter and photographer.

Tuesday 9th April

The Linby Pancakes

Gareth Howell on a Viking army and the history of Pancake Day.

Tuesday 14th May


Archaeologist Dr James Wright talks about secret tunnels and other myths.

Tuesday 11 June

A trip to Bromley House Library, Nottingham

The city’s hidden library, founded in 1816.

Ealing Comedies

Frank, the Xylophone man, Nottingham

Early tram on Bath Street, Ilkeston

Alice Wheeldon and her “co-conspirators”