(Move to the
next section for a general introduction to the site.)
The screens have changed recently due to a blip on
the computer which is used to author the website. Work is underway (but
it's taking somewhat longer than hoped!) to
totally redesign the layout of the site - none of the contents will
While we wait for the webmaster to
have time to sort this (!), we have also now created a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HeanorLocalHistory),
on which we hope to put snippets of information, and, just as importantly,
where readers can leave comments and queries - please visit us and
Our final meeting of the 2012/13
season is on Tuesday 14 May, when Roy Plumb will tell us about the
history of nearby Greasley. Everybody is welcome to any of our meetings - you don't
need to be a member to attend. Just come along to the Wilmot Street
Community Centre ready for a 7.30pm start (so get there for around
7.15pm). Our full programme for the year can be seen at Programme 2012/13. We
hope that there is something for everyone.
In the autumn, the Society was awarded a Derbyshire County Council Excellence in the Community Award.
Chairman Robert Mee, and Vice-Chairman Brian Key, attended the awards
ceremony at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton, on 15 October, to collect the
Who Do You Think You Are?
- The BBC magazine which accompanies the television series has done a full
page article on the Society last September - we're really pleased to have been chosen for this.
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 eight 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.
to the pages of the
and District Local History Society.
(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!
hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. This site is
under constant change - most pages stay the same, but almost every month
there are new additions, and eventually some items will also disappear.
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.
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!
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
This website has four main areas,
and now has over 60 pages.
The Local History Topics section includes
pages on many of the communities which surround the town of Heanor. There are
also pages on specific local subjects, such as coal mining and other local
industries, transport in the area, and local personalities. All of our pages
include historic photographs of the area, many taken from the Society's own
day map showing Heanor, Langley Mill, Loscoe and Shipley. The Society's
interests extend well beyond this immediate area, and covers all the old
Heanor Urban District Council area, plus a bit more!
Image produced from the
Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of
Ordnance Survey and
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
Society News includes details of our programme of
meetings, the Heanor Heritage Centre, and our publications and newsletters. The
Society has been around for 40 years, so we have quite a bit of history of
our own! See the Newsletters page to see what
we've been doing lately!
of the site would be extremely interested to receive your comments. We are
especially interested if you have any items relating to the history of the area.
Any articles or information submitted will be considered for publication in the
Society's newsletter as well as for the website; items published in the
newsletter will, of course, be fully acknowledged. It is our intention that this
website will keep changing and growing - what you see today is just the start -
please put the site in your favourites, and keep visiting us. Please use the Contact Us page to
get in touch with the Society.
We also have a page setting out what
the future development of the site is likely to
include - after visiting it, let us know if there
is anything else you would like to see included.
Useful Links page is just that - the links listed
include not only links to local web sites, but anything which may be of interest
to readers of this site.
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Except where otherwise stated, the
contents of this website are copyright of the Heanor and District Local History.
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.
If you want to use anything you find here, please
ask - the chances are we won't mind
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05 May 2013 13:01