The Heanor and
District Local History Society was formed in 1968, and currently has a
membership of around 150. The Society is registered as a charity in the United
Kingdom (Registration number 1006799).
The objects of the Society are:
to promote interest and research in all aspects of the history of Heanor
and District, by holding regular meetings, by publishing the useful results of
research, and by acquiring and preserving items of historical interest to the
The Society's Committee deals with all
aspects of the day to day running of the group.
Details of how to join the Society can be found on the
Membership page, and new members are always welcome. As well as ordinary
members, the Society occasionally elects persons to the position of Honorary
Life Members, in recognition of the work they have done to support us. At the
Annual General Meeting held in April 2005, this honour was formally given to
George Eyre, who was a founding member of the Society, back in 1968. Mr Eyre
gave the very first presentation to the Society, with a talk on the history of
Codnor Castle. It is appropriate, then, that Mr Eyre was
presented with a framed photograph of Codnor Castle. Other life members are Mr M.E. Burrows and Mrs J.C. Ferguson.
Mr George Eyre presented with
a framed photograph of Codnor Castle by the Society's chairman, Roger Hull
The Society holds meetings every month from September to July. Normally, the
meetings from September through till May are held at the Wilmot Street
Community Centre, Heanor, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm. Everybody
is welcome, whether members or not, to these informative presentations on a wide
variety of local history topics, concerning not only the immediate area, but
sometimes going a little further afield into Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The
final two gatherings of the year, in June and July, consist of a visit to a local
place of interest, often tied in to one of the presentations given previously in
the season. The present year's Programme of
events gives you a taste of the variety of presentations given.
Pictures of the Society's trip
to Tissington Hall, Derbyshire, in May 2004.
In 1991, the Society established the Heanor Heritage Centre, situated
in the old chapel in Marlpool Cemetery. Sadly, 2005 saw the closure of the
Centre, and we are actively seeking new premises. However, temporary
displays of photographs and other items of interest are regularly held at various locations.
In 2009, we set up a permanent display in the Heanor Antiques Centre: see the
Heritage Corner page for more information.
Over the years that the Society has been in existence, it has published numerous
books and papers on the area. The publications page
gives full details of all our published work.
Additionally, the Society produces a newsletter, free to members, nine times a
year. Details of recent newsletters are available
on this site, and previous newsletters (there's over 300 of them now!) and a
comprehensive index are available at a very reasonable price - contact us for
If you are interested in membership, details are available by following
The logo was designed by the Society's Committee in
1993, and was drawn by Alan Gill, who provided cover illustrations for the
Society's first two publications..
The logo represents the principal industries of the Heanor area in the
past, and includes pit head gear for coal mining, a framework knitting
machine for the textile industry, and bottle kilns representing the
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