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Welcome to our NEW site (Beta version)!

October 2014

Please read this first section… (but there’s important news below!)

Unless you are new to our site, you will know that we have had a few problems of late, due to the interaction between our rather old software and our web-hosting company.

So, we have switched to different software, and we are now in the process of adding all the previous information onto this new site. BUT, you will have to bear with us, as everything has to be typed in afresh, with links added manually, etc.

We have decided not to wait until the whole site is ready (as we had lost the ability to update the old site at all, and couldn’t add the new season’s programme; also the old “Contact Us” page no longer worked). BUT, at the moment most of the new site is blank - as of 27 August only the Programme and the Contact Us pages are working. We hope that all the pages will be populated over the coming few months (check below for progress), and that we can add a few new ones too. But in the meantime, the old site can still be visited by clicking on this link. Please note that when in the old site, clicking the “Home” link will give you an error page. As and when pages are transferred to the new site, they will be deleted from the old one, and the buttons above will gradually have more sub-sections added for you to click on.

Although the aim at the moment is to get the original information back where it can be easily used, we will be “practising” with the new software, to see what else it can do, so we would welcome any feedback, positive or otherwise, about the new design.

All the pages can be accessed from the buttons above, but note that there is more than one level of sub-headings! For more information on what to find where, please look at Site Information. The site has undergone a total redesign, but all of the information which was previously on the site will soon be here, though page locations and the general navigation of the site has changed.



The Heritage Corner at the Heanor Antique Centre is open for visitors, another way in which the Society ensures that our local history is not forgotten. The Heritage Corner is open whenever the Antiques Centre is open (daily, 10.30am - 4.30pm). We are grateful to Jane Richards for allowing us this display. For more information about the Heritage Corner, follow the link. And for details of the Heanor Antiques Centre, go to their website.

Our Publications Group is working on a number of different projects at present, with timescales which vary from a few months to several years. We know that not all of them will come to fruition, but we are equally willing to listen to anyone who has a project of their own and who is looking for someone to publish it. (As long as it is to do with the history of Heanor!!!!)

In the nine years that this site has been on the world wide web, over 200,000 visits have been made, with over half a million page-views. Not bad for a site covering a small market town in Derbyshire! A  number of emails are received each month - some are dealt with very quickly, others need a bit of time to think about! But please get in touch if there is anything that you feel you can add.


The Britain from Above website contains a huge number of aerial photographs from the 1920s and 30s - this is just one taken in the Heanor area.


Click on the picture to see it enlarged, or look on our Britain from Above page for more.



Heanor Market Place, 1928

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Heanor (in case you are just browsing and don't actually know) is a market town in Derbyshire, England, very close to the border with Nottinghamshire.  Not a major tourist area, but we are here to celebrate our history and heritage, which is as strong as anyone's!

In September 2006, research was published into the "most English" places in the country, based primarily on the analysis of names in the most recent census, which split the country's population into 200 ethnic groups. Heanor was declared the second-most English town in the country, after nearby Ripley, with almost 90% of the population being English in origin. Third came Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, and Boston in Lincolnshire came fourth. Whatever your views on what this means, at least it got the town's name mentioned!We hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. We aim for the site to undergo regular changes - most pages stay the same, but new additions come along (we hope) quite often, and eventually some items will also disappear.

So please keep coming back to see what changes we have made. If you've not visited for a while, have a look at the What's New page, where we keep a running log of changes made to the site.

In 2005 the British Library included this website in a national archive of "selected key UK websites - ensuring that invaluable scholarly, cultural and scientific resources remain available for future generations." Out of the hundreds of thousands of UK websites out there, only a tiny proportion are - only 10 are concerned with local history - so we are rather honoured at being asked!

The Society's interests extend well beyond this immediate area, and covers all the old Heanor Urban District Council area (including Langley Mill, Loscoe and Codnor), along with Shipley and Smalley.


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© Except where otherwise stated, the contents of this website are copyright of the Heanor and District Local History Society. If you want to use anything you find here, please ask - the chances are we won't mind.

Where items have not been prepared by the Society itself, we would like to thank the owners of copyright of the images and items used on this site for granting us the necessary permissions for their use. In some cases, despite our best efforts we have not always been able to locate the copyright holders. If you believe that any rights that are yours have inadvertently been infringed, we would ask you to contact us and to accept our apologies.

The Society is a registered charity. We are non-profit making, and all money we receive is ploughed back into preserving and promoting the past of the Heanor area -  this website, our Heritage Centre, our publications, talks and displays, are all examples of our work. If you would like to assist us, please leave us a donation, large or small, by clicking on the button above - all transactions are administered safely and securely by PayPal.

News

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14 October. We meet at the Wilmot Street Centre, Heanor, at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May (if you don’t know where this is, there is a map on the Contact page). The October meeting is a talk by Stephen Flinders (so we know it will be good!) on A Taste of Tudor Ilkeston. As with all our meetings, entry is free - we will, of course, try to persuade to to become a member, and to buy a raffle ticket, but everybody is welcome!

The 2015 Calendar is now available - for more details, go to the Calendar page.

New book now published - Then and Now (Part One) - The Changing Face of Heanor Town Centre - is now available from the Society - click on  the link for more details.

On the slideshow below, you can click on any of the photographs for a larger image.

Additional “new” pages - most of the pages concerning our current publications are now on the new site - ready for the announcement of our brand-new book! Also now the Heanor Market Place and Heanor area pubs pages have been updated - mainly the same text as before, but some new photographs.