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Heanor & District Local History Society

2019 - 2020 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 10 September 2019

Medieval Medicine, Superstition & Science

Did medics deserve their bad reputation? By Gareth Howell.

Tuesday  8 October

Alton Towers
Jordan Cobb
gives the history of the Staffordshire estate turned into a theme park.

Tuesday 12 November

World War I Conscientious Objectors

The story of Heanor and Ilkeston pacifists, with Ian Green.

Tuesday 10 December

Crich Tramway Museum

Roger West and Frank Bagshaw describe this local living museum.

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Fingerprint Evidence & History

The history of dactyloscopy (!). With Paul Newsham.

Tuesday 11 February

The Adventures of an Edwardian Balloon Parachutist

Tony Waldron tells the story of Dolly Shepherd, a sky-diving pioneer.

Tuesday 10 March

When Dracula came to Derby

Anne Featherstone - so you can be sure that the talk is on a subject about entertainment.

Tuesday 14 April

D.H. Lawrence
A look at the life of this local author, with his biographer Dr Andrew Harrison.

Tuesday 12 May

Annual General Meeting, followed by

Vic Hallam: One Man and his Company

A repeat performance for this talk on this very local firm. With Robert Mee.


Possible trip/visit

Details later

Our opening talk of the new season

The Crich Tramway Village

The discovery of fingerprints played an important part in the fight against crime.