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The Society

The Heanor and District Local History Society was formed in 1968, and currently has a membership of around 140. 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 area.

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.

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.

The last time this was done was at the Annual General Meeting in May 2023. Brian Key, a member since shortly after the establishment of the Society, went on to be the treasurer and newsletter editor for many years; Brian was also our Chairman on three separate occasions. He moved away from the area shortly before the pandemic, but is still in regular contact. As well as awarding Honorary Life Membership, Brian was also given a public transport related print, as this is a subject he excelled in .

The late George Eyre being presented with Honorary Life Membership in 2005
The late George Eyre being presented with Honorary Life Membership in 2005

The Society holds meetings every month from from September till May 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.

In June each year, we normally arrange a visit to a place of interest, often tied in to one of the presentations given previously in the season. The present year’s Programme will give you a taste of the variety of presentations given.

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. However, temporary displays of photographs and other items of interest are regularly held at various locations, and we have a regularly changing display in the Local Studies section at Heanor Library.

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; most of those still available can be bought online from ourselves.

Additionally, the Society produces a newsletter, free to members, nine times a year. Details of recent newsletters are available on this site – previous newsletters (there’s over 400 of them now!) are available at a very reasonable price – contact us for further details – and an index to the newsletters can be downloaded from this site.

Society’s Logo
Our logo was designed by the Society 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 pottery industry.
After 20 years of being copied, and with the original artwork no longer available, the logo was redrawn in 2014 by Dr Mandy de Belin; the themes were retained, but are now more clearly defined and have and less background.

The old logo
The old logo
The new Logo
The new Logo

Awards, Citations, etc.

In October 2012, the Society was awarded the prestigious Derbyshire County Council Excellence in the Community Award (see photo below). The then Chairman Robert Mee (centre), and Vice-Chairman Brian Key (right), attended the awards ceremony at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton, to collect the award, which was presented by the chairman of the County Council.

In September 2012, the BBC magazine, Who Do You Think You Are?, published a full page article on the Society, and its website – we’re really pleased to have been chosen for this.

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 concerned with local history, and only ten were chosen for this exercise – we were rather honoured at being asked!

But of course, most of the time our work goes pretty much unnoticed!

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