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25 April 2024 Update

Only one more indoor meeting to go for the current season – Tuesday 14th May Dr James Wright will give a fascinating talk on “Myth-busting”. A professional archaeologist, Dr Wright will concentrate in this talk on debunking the myths about “secret tunnels” – just about every town and village seems to have such a story, including Heanor.

If anyone would like to explain just how (or why) you would dig a tunnel from Heanor Church to Codnor Castle (there’s rather a deep valley between them), then please feel free to message us!

We have just published our programme for next season, which starts in September. There are a few VERY local topics, such as Heanor Cemetery, Shipley, the Market Place and William Gregg V.C., along with a look at the local impact of the major 1893 miners’ strike. We hope that the other topics will prove equally interesting.

As always, our meetings are free to attend – you don’t have to be a member. However, our newsletters are only free to members, and they alone are worth the membership fee.

Our monthly newsletters have changed a lot over the years. If you haven’t yet seen them the Newsletters 50th page, we have added downloadable copies of our first newsletter, in January 1970, and our 410th newsletter, from January 2020. Have a look at see what you think.

Email newsletters: If you enjoy these digital newsletters, why not subscribe to future editions? The cost is only £6.00 a year, which means that you get nine editions, monthly from September to May – you can do this easily by going to the Membership page. (You can, in fact, buy all 50+ years’ worth of newsletters, but this has to be done by a digital download – contact us for more information, or see the Newsletters 50th page for an order form).

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.

Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover on the website – better still, send us an article, or just a few brief notes, and we will see whether we can turn this into a new article. Scanned photos of anything in the Heanor area are always of interest, but please try to obtain a high-resolution scan where possible.

Over the next couple of months, the website will be having a major revamp – it is possible that it will experience a bit of downtime while this happens, but we will still have our presence on Facebook.

We are also pleased to be working with Derbyshire County Council in developing a new display of local history topics in the town – more news on that shortly.

We have also been helping Amber Valley with a number of topics lately, and you will perhaps see these come to fruition soon.